Mennonite/s Writing VII: Movement, Transformation and Place

Thursday, March 12 – Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Limited onsite registration will be available.

Fresno Pacific University

The seventh in a series of Mennonite writing conferences in the United States and Canada, the conference comes to the West Coast of the United States for the first time next spring. The program includes readings, scholarly paper presentations, panels, writing workshops, performances, story-telling, book-signings, excursions, open microphone, conversations and feasting. Specific updates will be added to this page as they become available.

Public Event:

Peter Everwine's poetry reading on Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., is open to the public. The fee for anyone who is not registered for the conference is $5. The reading takes place in Shehady Dining Hall in the Steinert Campus Center.

Keynote Speakers

Peter Everwine was born in Detroit and raised in Pennsylvania. His most recent books are From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems and Listening Long and Late. His honors include the Lamont Award, two Pushcart prizes, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. He taught at California State University, Fresno, and has been a Fulbright senior lecturer in American Poetry at the University of Haifa, Israel.

David Mas Masumoto is an organic farmer and the author of seven books including Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, and Epitaph for a Peach. Currently, he is a columnist for The Fresno Bee. Masumoto has served as chair of the California Council for the Humanities and, in 2013, was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Obama.

Robert Zacharias is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo and Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Rewriting the Break Event: Mennonites and Migration in Canadian Literature (2013), co-editor of Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies (2012), and editor of After Identity: Mennonite/s Writing in North America, a collection of essays currently under review. He is also the associate editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies.

Conference Sponsors and Committee

This conference is co-sponsored by Hesston College.

Conference Bi-National Committee:

  • Kristen Eve Beachy, Eastern Mennonite University 
  • Hildi Froese Tiessen, Conrad Grebel University 
  • Jeff Gundy, Bluffton University 
  • Ann Hostetler, Goshen College 
  • Jean Janzen, Fresno 
  • Hope Nisly, Fresno Pacific University 
  • Fran Martens Friesen, Fresno Pacific University 
  • Karen Sheriff LeVan, Hesston College 
  • Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Pennsylvania State University 

Local Committee: 

  • Adam Schrag 
  • Billie Jean Wiebe 

About the Artists:

Eliana Saucedo is an adjunct professor of art at Fresno Pacific University; Chris Janzen is assistant professor of art at Fresno Pacific University; Paul Buxman is a fruit farmer and plein air artist from Kingsburg, CA.

For any questions, please email Hope Nisly or Fran Martens Friesen.