Author Archives: Abigail Carl-Klassen

Never Trump is Today

It’s hard to string coherent thoughts together as I await what seems inevitable. President Trump. As I watch the electoral votes for Trump climb higher and higher I can’t say I’m shocked. I would be lying if I said I thought it was impossible for him to win. I hoped. I mailed in my overseas […]

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The Borders of Identity: Donald Trump, Nationalism and Mennonites on the U.S-Mexico Border

In the last year leading up to the presidential election in the United States, Donald Trump’s incendiary statements naming Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, rapists and murderers together with his non-stop rants about building a border wall that Mexico will pay for, have created significant backlash in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico.

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Let Me Be a Feminist

My husband spun our friend Kim’s two-year-old son in the air while she and I sat at the kitchen table to enjoy a few moments of respite from Thanksgiving dinner preparations. As I bit into a reject cookie, burned on the bottom, squeals erupted from the living room.

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Walking It Off on the Appalachian Trail

When my husband and I began making preparations to hike two thousand one hundred and eighty-nine miles from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail, the most common question we encountered was “Why?” We heard this question every day from the time we announced we would be hiking until the day we left. People’s sentiments […]

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The Wandering Heart of Cornelius Klassen: Mennonite Cowboy

(Excerpts from a long poem inspired by the life of Cornelius Klassen, the author’s father-in-law, who was excommunicated from his Old Colony congregation in the Manitoba Colony, near Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, in the early 1960s, for being a truck driver who bought and sold heavy equipment that had rubber tires). Darp Mechanics: Seminole, Texas, 2008

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Remembering “This Compost”

What an interesting coincidence that Rhubarb’s Earth and Gardens issue is coming out right after my husband and I decided to spend six months apprenticing on a farm on western Virginia that focuses on sustainable agricultural practices! Leaving our home in El Paso, we decided to take some time to reconnect to our rural roots […]

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Questions in the Desert

Who are you, my Lord, and who am I? The words famously uttered by St. Francis of Assisi filtered across my mind when I am hiking in the desert a short drive from my and my husband’s apartment in El Paso. Maybe I thought of them because I saw what I imagined the caves of Assisi looking like […]

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“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – a (dead) Mennonite Literary Society Fundraiser for Rhubarb

By Tim Brandt

Bring your favorite dead Mennonite to Life at the Publisher’s Spring Faspa Feast!

Publisher Victor Enns will host and serve at his Willow Island retreat Sunday afternoon April 23, 2017

To attend, please register asap via email ([email protected]) as space is limited to 12 – yes this is a Last Supper of sorts, but promises to be inspiring and fun.

Bring a short (max 5 minutes) story/reading about or by your favorite deceased Mennonite person and don’t tell who it is – keep us guessing for a prize donated by the host.

This fundraiser dinner/evening will take place on the shore of Lake Winnipeg near Gimli and we will coordinate ridesharing to keep it fun and economical.

We are asking $100 per person to attend – all proceeds going to sustain Rhubarb

Order 29 Mennonite Poets now

By Victor Enns

The Mennonite Literary Society is pleased to present  29 Mennonite Poets.  The stunning book cover features a painting by Deborah Dannelly and is designed by Terry Corrigan at Relish New Brand Experience. This 176-page anthology features the work of 29 Mennonite Poets, edited and introduced by Clarise Foster, the editor of Contemporary Verse 2. More >