CMW Journal

The CMW Journal will be published bi-monthly. Each issue will typically focus on a particular theme, author, or genre within Mennonite Writing, and will include poetry, fiction, essays, and criticism.

Current Issue

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Contemporary Drama

Vol. 6, No. 1

In this issue guest editor Lauren Friesen has assembled a collection of contemporary plays by Mennonite writers. He situates their emphasis on non-resistance and peacemaking within the larger context of Western dramatic literature. The issue concludes with an extensive interview with Stephen Shank by Ervin Beck. --AH, CMW Co-editor

Current Articles

  • Contemporary Plays by Mennonite Writers
    Contemporary Plays by Mennonite Writers
    by Lauren Friesen

    The Quest for Common Ground in Recent Mennonite Plays

  • Bird Brain
    Bird Brain
    by Vern Thiessen

    Based on the story by Albert Wendt.

  • How the War Started
    How the War Started
    by Doug Reed

    War's like a fog you can't keep out. It gets in everywhere. And it withers whatever it touches.

  • Censored
    by Al Schnupp

    A play based on the art and life of artist Käthe Kollwitz.

  • Cry After Midnight
    Cry After Midnight
    by Talia Pura

    Three women, three perspectives, one war.

  • Passion
    by Robert Hostetter

    Scenes adapted from dialogues with peacemakers in Israel-Palestine

  • Interview with Stephen Shank
    Interview with Stephen Shank
    by Ervin Beck

    Stephen Shank speaks about his beginnings in theater as the child of Mennonite church workers in Belgium, and his return to Belgium for a 30-year career in the theater.