Author Archives: Bernice Friesen

The Sting of Bees

Rhubarb Issue 39 Cover - The Sting of Bees

The first time each of us need a wheel(ed) chair, we are too young to remember it. When I was nineteen, I got Achilles tendonitis for the first time. It lasted months, my doctor telling me, in frustration, just to stop walking and it would get better—whatever you do, don’t do stairs and don’t run; I was obviously a very […]

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Call for Submissions

ESSAYS ON MENNONITE POETRY WANTED: Essays on contemporary Canadian Mennonite poetry 10-20 manuscript pages long. Essays to be submitted in standard MS WORD format on or before June 6, 2016, c/o Ted Dyck, Editor. NON-Mennonite essayists are desired, ALL are welcome.

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Rhubarb Seeks Non-Fiction Editor

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 1, 2016 Job Description Review and edit non-fiction copy Correspond (email) with writers regarding improvements, acceptance, contracts, etc. Provide suitable copy to headitor and copyeditor, & consult on changes Provide information to Rhubarb Admin for prompt payment to writers

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From the Editor’s Desk

Because it exposed me to prejudice and violence, my gender was the main thing I was trying to eradicate when I became a teenaged Christian fundamentalist. From a Saskatchewan farm, of Mennonite and Ukrainian heritage, I had no choice but to believe what the patriarchal world was telling me: girls were lesser; they carried the […]

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In Memory

Saskatoon writer Wes Funk died tragically on October 9, 2015, at the age of forty-six. Of Mennonite descent, Wes grew up gay in rural Saskatchewan. Because of, and probably in spite of, his experiences, he possessed a heart of huge compassion, energy, and enthusiasm for everything he loved best—the senior citizens and writers he worked […]

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Rhubarb Magazine Dedicates Gender Issue to Wes Funk

Rhubarb Magazine will pay tribute to Saskatchewan writer, TV host, and gay activist Wes Funk by dedicating its forthcoming Gender Issue to his memory. Read more…  

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Never Too Young

It was a sad shock to hear of Wes Funk’s death. It was a surprise, a few weeks later, to see Di Brandt had chosen a poem he’d submitted for publication in the next issue of Rhubarb Magazine — The Gender Issue. Shocking, too, was the subject of the poem, about the “poet’s” aging and […]

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Saskatchewan Writer and TV Literary Host Wes Funk Dies at 46

The Saskatoon writer Wes Funk died on October 9th, 2015, at the age of 46.

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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 >