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Edgar Schmidt

Edgar Schmidt has recently retired from a position as General Counsel in the Department of Justice Canada. He was located in the Legislative Services Branch, responsible over the course of his career for the drafting of federal bills and occasionally regulations, for Charter examination of bills, for instruction in legislative drafting and the management of […]

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MaryLou Driedger

MaryLou Driedger has been a weekly columnist for a Manitoba regional newspaper The Carillon since 1986. She worked for three years as a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press before moving to Hong Kong in 2003 where she was a member of the Hong Kong Women in Publishing group and had her writing and photographs […]

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Robin Wyatt Dunn

About the author: Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in southern California and is the author of three novels. He believes in an Aristotelian universe; that is, world without end. You can find him at — Publication history:

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Tracy Penner

Tracy is a theatre artist who graduated from the University of Alberta with a BFA in Acting. Most of the work she’s done has been in Edmonton and Winnipeg (where she now lives) with both professional and independent companies. Some of this work has taken her to numerous cities across Canada, as well as to […]

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Veralyn Warkentin

Veralyn Warkentin has worn many hats in the theatre including performer, director, producer, and playwright. She has assistant directed at the Manitoba Theatre Centre (now Royal MTC) in the productions of “Our Town”, “Lost in Yonkers”, and the Keanu Reeves’ “Hamlet.” Her Irish Famine play, “Like the Sun,” commissioned by Winnipeg’s Tara Players was produced […]

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Bernice Friesen

BERNICE FRIESEN grew up on her grandparents’ Saskatchewan homestead. The life of her great-grandfather’s family has been recorded in The Mulberry Tree by Victor Carl Friesen and Anna Friesen. She trained first as a printmaker and painter, and then as a teacher, at the University of Saskatchewan, before switching to writing. The title story of […]

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Per Brask

Per Brask is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the U of W where he has taught since 1982. His activities, apart from teaching, focus on creative writing, literary translation, and dramaturgy. Recent publications include Performing Consciousness (edited with Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), A Spectator (ekphrastic poetry, Fictive Press, […]

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Joe Wiebe

Joe Wiebe grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in the 1970s. He moved to Victoria, BC, in 1991 and never looked back. Apart from an 18-month lapse of reason spent in Winnipeg in 2000-2001, he has been a skookum West Coaster ever since. Joe began working as a freelance writer in 1999 and then studied Creative […]

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Angeline Schellenberg

Angeline Schellenberg is a poet, copy editor, journalist, and disabilities activist. She’s interviewed everyone from murderers to Christian Elvis impersonators, and taught college students essay writing and the Apocalypse. When she isn’t writing poetry, she writes and edits for a national Mennonite magazine. Angeline apprenticed under Don McKay at the 2013 Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium […]

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Abigail Carl-Klassen

Abigail Carl-Klassen grew up in the rural West Texas community of Seminole among Mennonite immigrants from Mexico. She has since made her home on the U.S.-Mexico border where she earned an MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program. Her poetry has appeared in Rhubarb, The Center for Mennonite Writing […]

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Becca J.R. Lachman

ABOUT Becca J.R. Lachman teaches, tutors, and writes in Athens, Ohio. Since 2012, she’s offered free poetry workshops for intergenerational, Mennonite-affiliated women and has been invited to read/discuss her poems as sermons in Mennonite Church USA congregations. Born and raised in Kidron, Ohio, Becca holds an M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the […]

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Talia Pura (nee Wiebe)

As a playwright, Talia has had many performances, several publications and a C.B.C. (Canadian public radio) commission; a drama called Hillary. She has written and performed many solo dramas: Confessions of an Art School Model, which played in the New York City Fringe, Bette Davis Eyes, Metamorphosis, Mata Hari, and Harriet Bosse, based on the […]

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Launch Event for ‘9 Mennonite Stories’

By Tim Brandt

The Mennonite Literary Society launches 9 Mennonite Stories, a twin to Rhubarb issue 41, Thursday October 19th at X-Cues Cafe & Lounge, 551 Sargent Avenue, at 7:00 pm. There is no cover charge at this new venue for Rhubarbarians, with lots of room, and the usual popular Thursday night X-Cues live band jam follows at 9 pm.


The 9 Mennonite Stories stories were selected by David Bergen, illustrated by Murray Toews, and are introduced by Maurice Mierau. All three will be at the launch. The nine illustrations will be screened during the evening, while Dora Dueck, whose story “The Mask” is featured in this anthology of Mennonite fiction, and Armin Wiebe, with an excerpt from The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, round out the evening.
Hildi Froese Tiessen, editor of 11 Encounters with Mennonite fiction, a twin to Rhubarb issue 42, will speak about the genesis of the book of essays, and invite everyone to its launch the next day on Friday at 1 PM in the Eckhardt Gramatté Hall as part of the Mennonite/s Writing Conference at the University of Winnipeg (October 19 to 21).

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