Power + Politics

 The Power and Politics issue, Rhubarb #34, has two basic parts: power-and-politics-related writing and the winners of Rhubarb’s taboo literary contests of last year, and an excerpt from Armin Wiebe’s play “Wine and Little Breads,” which was the winning entry in the Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre One-Act Playwriting Contest, judged by leading Canadian playwrights Maureen Hunter and Patrick Friesen.

This issue contains essays by Edgar H. Schmidt and Julienne Isaacs. The importance of eating good food is addressed by MaryLou Dreidger in “Eat Like You Give a Damn”; Greg Klassen writes on coming out, gay-straight alliances in schools, and Bill 18; and Leigh-Anne Kehler recounts a speech by “The Girl in the Photograph” from the Vietnam war. Victor Enns interviews Dennis Gruending, author of Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life, to round out the issue.

Featured fiction includes “The Judges of Nassau, California” by Robin Wyatt Dunn, and poetry by Darrell Epp, Jeff Gundy, Leonard Neufeldt, Mary Ellen Sullivan, Luann E. Hiebert, Dane Neufeld, and nathan dueck. Rhubarb is also fortunate to have the very appropriate work of Steve Penner on the cover and in the four-page colour insert.

Thanks to the editors and designers at Geez magazine for putting it all together. Our Table of Contents lets you know what else is in this issue, available for purchase as a single issue, or as part of an annual three issue subscription. This issue marks our second sixty-eight-page perfect-bound issue, and with the kind of support we received at the launch of Rhubarb #33, Mennonite Theatre (read more under News & Events at www.rhubarbmag.com), readers can look forward to more. Enjoy!