Jeffrey Gene Gundy                                                              

Department of English                                                                      phone: (419) 358-3283 (office)

Bluffton University                                                                                       (419) 358-5425 (home)

Bluffton OH 45817-1196                                                                    e-mail:


Birth and Personal:

            Born 7 August 1952, Flanagan, Illinois

            Married Marlyce Martens 27 October 1973; three adult children



            Ph. D., American Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington IN, December 1983.  Dissertation: “I and Me Above and In All Things: Versions of the Self in Modern Poetry.”

            Minor in American Studies.

            M. A., Creative Writing/Poetry, Indiana University, May 1978. 

Thesis: “The Candidate for Lint” (poems).

            B. A., English, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, May 1975.


Teaching Experience:

            2004 Visiting Professor of English, Goshen College

            1989 Tenured, promoted to Professor of English, Bluffton College

            1984-1989 Associate Professor of English, Bluffton College

            1985-1993 Peace Studies Coordinator, Bluffton College

            1989 Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Ohio State Univ. at Lima

            1987 Visiting Lecturer in English, Ohio Northern University

            1980-84 Instructor of English, Hesston College, Hesston, Ks.

            1980 Assistant Professor of English, Goshen College

            1977-1980 Associate Instructor, Indiana University


Selected Honors and Awards:

Fulbright Lecturer, University of Salzburg, 2008

Nominated for National Magazine Award (Reviews and Criticism) by The Georgia Review, 2007

Silver Award for Best Series (On Poetry: with Judith Kitchen, Robert Schnall, and Paul Zimmer), Gamma Awards (Magazine Society of the Southeast) 2007

Dale Brown Award from the Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, for Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing, 2006                       

            Nancy Dasher Award (College English Association of Ohio) for Deerflies, 2005

            Editions Poetry Prize for Deerflies, 2003

            General Editor, Associated Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals Program, 2003-              


            Poetry Juror, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Program, 2002

            Residency, Ragdale Foundation, March 29-April 11, 2001

            C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship, 1999

Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowships in Creative Writing, 2006, 2002, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1988

Pushcart Prize Nominations: 2005, 2003, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1989

            Contemporary Authors 154 (1997-)

            Who’s Who in America, 1995-

            Fellow, White River Writers’ Workshop, June 1995

            Bluffton College Study Center Faculty Grant: “Scattering Point,” summer 1996

            Full scholarship, RopeWalk Writers Retreat, June 1993

            Bluffton College Study Center Faculty Grant: “Poetry and Communities,” summer 1993

            Featured Poet, Spoon River Quarterly, Fall 1991

Bluffton College Study Center Faculty Grants: “My Days With George and Clara” and “Immigrants, Poets, Preachers,” summer 1990 and 1991

            C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship, 1989

            Bluffton College Study Center Faculty Grant, “William Stafford and Humility,” 1988

            Dissertation nominated for Esther L. Kinsley Prize, Indiana Univ., 1984

            Hesston College Summer Grant, 1983

            Poets and Writers, 1982-present

            Academy of American Poets Award, Indiana University, 1980

            National Merit Scholar 1970-71

            Menno Simons Scholar, Goshen College, 1970-75


Book Publications:

Essays/Creative Nonfiction:

            Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing. Telford, PA: Cascadia Press, 2005.

            Scattering Point: The World in a Mennonite Eye. Albany, NY: SUNY Press,  2003.                       

            A Community of Memory: My Days with George and Clara.  Urbana: Univ. of Illinois                  

            Press, 1996.


Poetry Collections:

            Spoken among the Trees. Akron: Univ. of Akron Press, 2007.

            Deerflies. Cincinnati: WordTech Editions, 2004.

            Rhapsody with Dark Matter.  Huron, OH: Bottom Dog Press, 2000.

            Flatlands.  Cleveland: Cleveland State Univ. Poetry Center, 1995.

            Inquiries.  Huron, OH: Bottom Dog Press, 1992.

Poetry Chapbooks:

            Greatest Hits 1986-2003. Columbus, OH: Pudding House Publications, 2003.

            Surrendering to the Real Things.  Normal, IL: Pikestaff Press, 1986.

            Johnny America Takes on Mother Nature.  Goshen, IN: Pinchpenny Press, 1975.

            Back Home in Babylon.  Pinchpenny Press, 1974.



          Do Outro Lado Da Linha.  Tr. Teresinka Pereira.  Bluffton, OH: International Writers and Artists Assn., 1993.


Poems in anthologies:

"How to Write the New Mennonite Poem," "Inquiry into Gifts, or the Indigo Bunting," "Where I Grew Up," "The Cookie Poem," "Old Water," and "Ancient Themes: The Night." A Capella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry, ed. Ann Hostetler. (Iowa City: U of Iowa Press, 2003): 85-93.

“The Cookie Poem” and “Breakfast at the County Seat Café.” O Taste and See: Food Poems, ed. David Garrison and Terry Hermsen (Huron, OH: Bottom Dog, 2003).

“The Cookie Poem.” What Mennonites are Thinking 2002, ed. Merle Good and Phyllis Pellman Good (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003).

“How the Boy Jesus Resisted Taking Out the Trash.” Sweet Jesus: Poems About the Ultimate Icon. Ed. Nick Carbó and Denise Duhamel. Los Angeles: Anthology Press, 2002.

“Black Cat in Byhalia.” I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems about Ohio. Ed. Elton Glaser and William Greenway. Akron: U of Akron Press, 2002.

"Rhapsody with Dark Matter" and "Rain." What Mennonites are Thinking 2001, ed. Merle Good and Phyllis Pellman Good (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2002): 98-99, 210-211.

“For the New York City Poet Who Informed Me That Few People Live This Way” and “Rain.”  Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry from Illinois. Ed. Kevin Stein and G. E. Murray.  Urbana: U of Illinois P,  2001.

“‘The Universe Is a Safe Place for Souls.’” When I Whisper, Nobody Listens: Helping Young People Write About Difficult Issues.” Ed. Helen Frost. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001.

“Cruise.” What Mennonites Are Thinking 2000. Ed. Merle Good and Phyllis Pellman Good. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2000: 114-15.

“Grass.”  Greeting the Dawn: An Anthology of New Mennonite Writin, ed. Steven Yutzy.  Goshen, In.: Pinchpenny Press, 1998.

“Driving West on Easter.” What Mennonites Are Thinking 1998. Ed. Merle Good and Phyllis Pellman Good. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1998: 76-78.

“Chainsaw Inquiries. O Listen: Pocket Poems Series #1, ed. Terry Hermsen.  Huron, OH: Bottom Dog Press, 1998.

“Ask the Rabbit, “Fur in the Throat,” and “Driving Route 80.”  Confluence: Contemporary Kansas Poetry, ed. Denise Low.  Lawrence, KS: Cottonwood Press, 1983.


Magazine and Journal Publications:

Two hundred fifty-plus poems in more than seventy magazines and journals, including:


Adirondack Review, Aloe, Antioch Review, Artful Dodge, Beloit Poetry Journal, Brevity, Broadside (Goshen College), Cat’s Ear, Christian Century, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, The Common Review, Confluence: Contemporary Kansas Poetry, Conrad Grebel Review, Cornfield Review, Cottonwood Review, Crazyhorse, Exquisite Corpse, Farmer’s Market, Flights, Flying Island, forum, Gaia, The Gamut, Gospel Herald, Grand Lake Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review,  Hiram Poetry Review, Hawaii Review, The Heartlands Today, Indiana Review, The Journal, Kairos, Kansas Quarterly, Lake Effect, The Language of Nature, Laurel Review, The Mennonite, Mennonite Life, Mennonite Mirror, Mennonot, Mennonite Weekly Review, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Valley Review, Montana Review, Muse Apprentice Guild (online), Negative Capability, The New Pantagruel (online), The New Quarterly (Canada), Nimrod, North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Ohio Review, Oxford Magazine, Paintbrush, Peregrine, Phoebe, Pikestaff Forum, Pleiades, Poetry Daily (online), Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, Quarterly West, Rampike, River Styx, The Rolling Coulter, Rhubarb, Shenandoah, SnowApple, Spoon River Quarterly, The Sun, Tampa Review, Touchstone, Verse Daily (online), Whetstone, Whiskey Island, Wind Literary Digest, Witmarsum, Witness, Wooster Review.


Recent poems published:

“February Report on Conditions in the Interior.” Pebble Lake Review 3,3 (Summer 2006): 97-98.

"Damselfly." Colorado Review 33.2 (Summer 2006): 89.

“Astonishing Details of the Universe.” Rampike. 14.2 (2006): 56-7.

"Interior Colloquy in Glen Helen.” The Antioch Review 64.3 (Summer 2006): 512.

"Furnace Run, Sunday.” Poet Lore 101.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2006): 16.

“Fulks Run to Cumberland.” Shenandoah 56.1 (Spring/Summer 2006):33.

"Where Water Finds an Edge" and "Soul Travel at the Electric Brew, Goshen, Indiana.” Mid-American Review 26.2 (2006): 242-44.

"The Recovery of Imaginary Friends.” The Adirondack Review 6, 2 (Spring 2006), online.

“An Hour.” Artful Dodge 46/47 (2005):50.

“Deerfly.” The Mennonite, Dec. 4, 2005: 14.

"The Vice President for Obscure Relations Rises to Offer Something Like an Explanation.” Spoon River Poetry Review 30, 2 (Summer/Fall 2005): 111.

"Firefly.” The Christian Century, Aug. 9, 2005, 10.

The Poet on the Beaver Marsh," "Structural Adjustments to Maintain Growth Will Be Necessary," and "Futurism in the Black Swamp.” Whiskey Island 48 (Fall 2004): 62-64.

"Small Night Song from Oneonta.” The Mennonite (December 21, 2004): 11.

"Meditation in Glen Helen." Verse Daily (online), Dec. 16, 2004.

"Morning Song from Oneonta." Goshen College Broadside, Spring 21004.

"Scenario.” The Sun 341 (May 2004): 13.

"The Extra Angel.” Lake Effect 8 (Spring 2004): 132-33.

“Impersonations of an Ordinary Woman.” Spoon River Poetry Review 29,1 (Spring 2004): 96-97.

"Praise is a Language.” The Christian Century June 15, 2004, 10.

“’The Heart is Such a Big, Awkward Girl'.” The Common Review 2, 4 (Winter 2004): 19.

"Meditation in Glen Helen." Poetry Daily online, Jan. 31, 2004.

"Ancient Themes: Thunder and Wine.” Tampa Review 25 (2003): 34.

Meditation in Glen Helen.” Shenandoah 53.4 (Winter 2003): 119-120.

"Everyday Ode.” The Mennonite (Sept. 16, 2003): 17.

"On the Green Trail" and "Letter from Ragdale to J.” Muse Apprentice Guild (online) (Summer 2003). 

"Warning and Explanation" and "All I Ever Wanted Was.” Laurel Review 37, 3 (Summer 2003): 17-19.

"Spring Comes to the Buckeye Quarry" and "Peepers.” Witness 17, 1 (2003): 36-37.

 "Instructions for the Night Walk.” Mid-American Review  23, 2 (2003): 225-26.

"Deerfly.” The Sun (April 2003): 31.

"Letter to John from R..” The Flying Island (Summer 2002): 3.

"Trailing Clouds of Glory Do We Come." The Journal  26.2 (2002): 78.

Ancient Themes: The First Teacher.” North American Review 287, 3-4 (May-August 2002), 68.

"What the Boy Knows." Christian Living 49, 2 (March 2002): 28.

"Small Night Song from Oneonta." The Sun (March 2002): 31.

"Ancient Themes: The Night." Quarterly West 53 (Fall/Winter 2001-02): 22.

White Chicken" and "Looking at My Hands.” The Heartlands Today: The Real Work 11 (2001): 99-100.

“Second Morning Song from Oneonta.” The Mennonite 4, 20 (May 22, 2001): 5.

"Sunday with Feathers, Horses, Crap" is in Artful Dodge 38/39 (2001): 175.

"Old Water" and "Things of No Use in the Morning.” Rhubarb 7 (2001): 30-31.

"Autumnal." Goshen College Broadside on March 28, 2001.

"Second Morning Song from Oneonta.” Mid-American Review 31, 2 (2001): 60-61 ("Editor's Choice" finalist for the James Wright Poetry Award.)

"The Trees" and "Ancient Themes #5: Water, Water.” Whiskey Island 43 (Winter/Spring 2001): 47, 117-18.

“Rings.” The Mennonite, Feb. 13, 2001, 5.

"Then in a Wailful Choir the Small Gnats Mourn" and "Braid.” Poet Lore 95, 3 (Fall 2000): 5-6.

“Bridge Closed 1/4 Mile Ahead Local Traffic Only.” The Mennonite (Nov. 7, 2000), 5.

"What the Boy Knows," "What the Old Guy Says," and "The Sadness of Women and Water.” Beloit Poetry Journal 50.4 (Summer 2000): 8-11.

"Pinfeather" and "Ancient Themes #7: Interiors" are in Spoon River Poetry Review 25.1 (Winter/Spring 2000): 18-20.

"Things of No Use in the Morning.” Whetstone 16 (1999): 21.


Critical and Scholarly Essays:

"The Hammer and the Free Spirit: Toward a Practical Heresy." Crosscurrents 56.1 (Spring 2006): 80-97.

“’What Is It I Know?’: Notes Toward an Embodied Gnosis.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 79.1 (Jan. 2005): 69-88. 

A Complicated Kindness: Learning, Lies, and Stories.” Mennonite Life (online) 60.2 (June 2005).“

“’What Is It I Know?’: Notes Toward an Embodied Gnosis.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 79.1 (Jan. 2005): 69-88. 

"Peaceable Poet: William Stafford's Witness." The Christian Century April 6, 2004: 26-30.

"Two Cheers for Icons." Mennonite Life (online) 59.1 (March 2004).

"Flesh Becomes Word: The Incarnational Poetry of Scott Cairns." The Christian Century (Nov. 6-19, 2002):20-27.

“The Notebook in My Back Pocket.” Minding the Church: Scholarship in the Anabaptist Tradition. Ed. David L. Weaver-Zercher. Telford, PA: Pandora Press, 2002: 31-45.

”(In)visible Cities, (F)acts of Power, (Hmm)ility, Fathers and (M)Others: Anabaptism, Postmodernity, and Mennonite Writing.”  Anabaptists and Postmodernity.  Ed. Susan Biesecker-Mast and Gerald Biesecker-Mast.  Telford, Pa.: Pandora Press/Herald Press, 2000. 175-190.

“Scatter Plots: Depression, Silence, and Mennonite Margins.”  Conrad Grebel Review 18.1 (Winter 2000): 5-27.

“Black Coats, Pig-Headed Fathers, and Growing Souls: Some Reflections on the Figure of Harold Bender.”  Mennonite Life 54.4 (Dec. 1999): 9-15.

“In Praise of the Lurkers (Who Come Out to Speak).  Mennonite Quarterly Review 72, 4 (Oct. 1998): 503-510.

“U.S. Mennonite Poetry and Poets: Beyond Dr. Johnson’s Dog.”  Mennonite Quarterly Review 71, 1 (1997): 5-41.

“Without Heroes, Without Villains: Identity and Community in Down in My Heart.”  In On William Stafford: The Worth of Local Things, ed. Tom Andrews.  Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1993: 95-103.

“Hayden Carruth.”  Critical Survey of Poetry: English Language Series,  Revised Edition.  Pasadena: Salem Press, 1992.

“Arrogant Humility and Aristocratic Torpor:  Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?” in World, Self, Poem: Essays on Contemporary Poetry from the “Jubilation of Poets.”  Ed. Leonard Trawick.  Kent, OH: Kent State Univ. Press, 1990: 20-27.

“Beyond Conformity and Rebellion: Opposition, Community, and Mennonite Education.”  Conrad Grebel Review 8,1 (Winter 1990): 35-52.

“On Mark Strand, History, and Happiness.”  Illinois Writers Review, 9, 1 (Spring 1990): 38-46.

“Voice and History in Patrick Friesen.” The New Quarterly (Canada), 10, 1&2 (Spring/Summer 1990): 138-149.

“Humility and Midwestern Literature: Is There a Plains Style?” Mid-America XV (1988): 19-26.

            “Humility in Mennonite Literature.”  Mennonite Quarterly Review, 63,1 (1989): 5-21.

            “Style and Self: Student Readings of Four Versions of Basho,” Western                 Ohio Journal 9,1 (Spring 1988): 156-160.

“Separation and Transformation: Tradition and Audience for Three Mennonite Poets,” Journal of Mennonite Studies 4 (1986): 53-69.

“Fishing in a Small Pond: Notes on Great Ideas in Small Colleges,” Teaching in the Small College, ed. Richard A. Wright and John A Burden. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986: 157-165.


Personal and Creative Essays:

          “It’s Simple, Really: Just Sit Down at the Desk . . .” Ordering the Storm: Essays on Creating a Poetry Manuscript. Cleveland: CSU Poetry Center, 2006: 9-16.

          "If the Earth Is the Lord's, Do We Have to Hate the World? Musings on Mennonite People, Places, and Complexes." The Measure of My Days: Engaging the Life and Thought of John L. Ruth, ed. Reuben Z. Miller and Joseph S. Miller. Telford, PA: Cascadia and Herald Press, 2004: 69-84.

         “Embedded in the Bosom of the Empire.” Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion 38 (Spring 2003): 67-69.

         "An Answer, a Song, a Pile of Stones" "Literature of Spirituality" issue of Many Mountains Moving 5, 1 (2002): xiv-xv.

          “Cathedrals, Churches, Caves: Notes on Architecture, History, and Worship.” The Georgia Review 54 (Winter 2000): 673-699.

          “Lauber Hill.” The Heartlands Today: Midwest Turnings and Crossings (2000): 29-33.

          “The Trials of Joseph Joder.”  Anthology of Mennonite short fiction, ed. Hildi Froese Tiessen, forthcoming.

          Vancouver Diaries.”  Quarter After Eight 5 (1999): 229-235. 

          “Breakfast at the County Seat Café.”  Brevity 2 (1998, online).

          “Scattering Point.”  Creative Nonfiction 9 (1998): 62-73.

          “Fantasia on Raspberries, Baby Chicks, Wine, and Roses.”  Conrad Grebel Review 15,3 (1997): 195-205.

          “Many Strong Rivers, or Thoughts on the Way Home.”  The Heartlands Today 6 (1997): 7-11.

          “In Search of George and Clara.”  Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion 8 (1995): 106-123.

          “At the Vision Conference.” Mennonot 4 (Spring 1995): 17-19.

          “Some Words on Poetry, Band Camps, Guitars, Gifts, Transgression, Community, Mennonite Art, Etc.”  Mennonite Life 48, 4 (Dec. 1993): 15-16.                     

          “Comets and Calls: From the Life of Valentine Strubhar.”  Mennonite Life, 48, 2 (June 1993): 13-17.

          “’The Love of God Makes All Things Well’: Dabs and Bits from the Life of Joseph Joder (1797-1887), Amishman, Schoolteacher, Farmer, Poet, and Heretic.”  The Heartlands Today 2 (1992): 43-47.

          “The Fact of Community: My Days with George and Clara.”  Georgia Review 45, 4 (Winter 1991): 675-692.

          “A Spectator’s Journal, “Competition and Fatigue, or Basketball,” “I Come Back to Griffy Reservoir After Seven Years,” “Running on the Running Track.”  Ambergris 8 (1992): 110-121.

          “Inquiry into the ‘Nearest of the Energies of the Universe and the     Greatest within the Range of Man’s Needs,” From the Heartlands: Photos and Essays from the Midwest. Huron, Ohio: Bottom Dog Press, 1989: 106-110.

          “Farming and Professing,” Festival Quarterly, Fall 1988: 16-18.        

          “Going to See My Absent Congressman About the Contra Aid Vote,” The Mennonite, Feb. 9, 1988.

          “Chickens.” Mennonite Life, Dec. 1987.

          “On Wildflowers, Social Utility, and Poetry as a Vocation.”  Festival Quarterly, Fall 1987.

          “Being Mennonite and Writing Mennonite” and four short essays, Mennonite Life, Dec. 1986.

          “Children and Poems: About Their Father’s Business,” Gospel Herald, Oct. 1986.

          Column “Shots in the Dark,” Hesston College Perspective, 1983-84.


Selected Book Reviews and Essay-Reviews:

            "Form and Range." reprinted on Poetry Daily, August 15, 2006.,

            "Form and Range." Essay-review of Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets by William Baer and Range of the Possible: Conversations with Contemporary Poets by Tod Marshall. The Georgia Review 60.1 (Spring 2006): 243-47.

            "Among the Erratics" Essay-review of Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser, The Morning of the Red Admirals by Robert Dana, From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems by Peter Everwine, Tristimania by Mary Ruefle, The Orchard by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems by Lola Haskins, Invisible Bride by Tony Tost, and Goldbeater’s Skin by G. C. Waldrep. The Georgia Review 58.4 (Winter 2004): 936-53.

            "What Do Poets Know?" essay-review of Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life, ed. Sharon Bryan and William Olsen; Open House: Writers Define Home, ed. Mark Doty; The Vehement Passions by Philip Fisher; The Madness of Art: Interviews with Poets and Writers, ed. Robert Phillips; and The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry, by Rafael Campo. The Georgia Review  58, 2 (Summer 2004): 471-483.

            “New Maps of the Territories: On Mennonite Writing.” Essay-review of Rudy Wiebe's Sweeter Than All the World, Patrick Friesen's The Breath You Take from the Lord, Di Brandt's Now You Care, Stephen Raleigh Byler's Searching for Intruders, and Julia Kasdorf's The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life. The Georgia Review  57.4 (Winter 2003): 870-887.

"Taste and the Open Door."  Essay-review of Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young, eds., The Poetry Anthology, Joseph Parisi and Stephen Yound, eds., Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters, and Roger Weingarten and Richard W. Higgerson, eds., Poets of the New Century. The Georgia Review  57.1 (Spring 2003): 159-175.

            ”This Point in Space and Time.” Essay-review of Keith Fleming, The Boy with the Thorn in His Side: A Memoir; Dalton Conley, Honky; Michael Pearson, Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx; Carter Revard, Winning the Dust Bowl; Harvey Frauenglass,  Cidermaster of Rio Oscura. The Georgia Review, 56.2 (Summer 2002): 609-622.

            ”Handling the Truth.” Essay-review of Nicholas Delbanco, The Lost Suitcase: Reflections on the Literary Life; David Brendan Hopes, A Childhood in the Milky Way: Becoming a Poet in Ohio; Marjorie Sandor, The Night Gardener: A Search for Home; Sam Pickering, A Little Fling and Other Essays; Hilary Masters, In Montaigne’s Tower. The Georgia Review 54, 3 (Fall 2000), 559-572.

            ”Position, Connection, Conviction.”  Essay-review of Hayden Carruth, Reluctantly: Autobiographical Essays; Derek Walcott, What the Twilight Says; J. D. McClatchy, Twenty Questions; Mollie McQuade, Stealing Glimpses: Of Poetry, Poets, and Things in Between; W. D. Snodgrass, After-Images: Autobiographical Sketches.  The Georgia Review 54.1 (Spring 2000): 142-156.

            “’Just What Did We Do Wrong?’: Ingrid Rimland and Selective Memory.” Review of Ingrid Rimland, Lebensraum!  Vol. 1: A Passion for Land and Peace.  Vol 2: The Theft of Land and Peace.  Vol. 3: The Dream of Land and Peace.  Mennonite Life 54, 3 (Sept. 1999): 35-37.

            “Lives Worth Reading.”  Essay-review of Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir ed. William Zinsser, Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life by bell hooks, Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm by David Kline, This Death by Drowning by William Kloefkorn, and Moses Unchained by Marilyn F. Moriarty.  The Georgia Review 52, 4 (Winter 1998): 773-785.

            “Lullabies in Reverse.”  Essay-review of Invisible Horses by Patricia Goedicke, Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum by Michael Waters, Trespasser by R.T. Smith, Stalking Joy by Margaret Benbow, and Heavy Grace by Robert Cording.  The Georgia Review 51,3 (1997): 562-575.

            “Does Style Make the Woman?”  Essay-review of The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women edited by Wendy Martin, Wild Ride: Earthquakes, Sneezes and Other Thrills by Bia Lowe, Writing the World by Kelly Cherry, Field of Vision by Lisa Knopp, and Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places by Naomi Shihab Nye.  The Georgia Review 50 (1996): 819-30.

            The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood by Andrew Hudgins.  Georgia Review 50 (1996): 201-03.

            “Can White Guys Write?” Essay-review of Paper Trails: Essays by Michael Dorris, A Geometry of Lilies: Life and Death in an American Family by Steven Harvey, Trespassing by Sam Pickering, A Place That’s Known by Michael Pearson, and Inheritance of Horses by James Kilgo.  The Georgia Review 49 (1995): 523-536.

            “How Others Have Lived Here.”  Essay-review of When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago, Devotion: A Memoir by Miriam Levine, Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest, by Chris Anderson, and Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World, by Scott Russell Sanders. The Georgia Review 48 (Summer 1994): 391-400.

            After the Rain by Jared Carter.  The Georgia Review 48 (Summer 1994): 410-11.

            Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue--An Interfaith Dialogue.  Edited by Steven C. Rockefeller and John C. Elder.  The Georgia Review 47 (Spring 1993): 180-83.

            True Body by Miriam Sagan.  Mid-American Review, 13,2 (1992): 223-26.

            Further Sightings & Conversations by Jerome Rothenberg and The Fields by Richard Silberg.  Mid-American Review, 11, 2 (1991): 154-56.

            “The Persistence of Romanticisms.”  Essay-review of five books of poems.  Pikestaff Forum 10 (1991): 16, 21-22.

            Ohio Zen Poems: all the difference by d steven conkle and Inside the Garden by Larry Smith.  Mid-American Review 10, 2 (1990): 197-200.

            Other reviews of current poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in Foreword (1998-), Journal of American History (1998, 2000), The Mennonite (1992), Festival Quarterly (1991, 1988), Mennonite Quarterly Review (1993, 1990), Gospel Herald (1987, 1986), Tellus (1984), Cottonwood Review (1982).



   “If Struck I Should Give Off a Clear Note: A Conversation with William Stafford.” Paintbrush 17, 33/34 (Spring & Autumn, 1990): 39-51.

   “A Certain Courtesy of the Heart: A Conversation with William Stafford.”  Artful Dodge 18/19 (1990): 5-10. 


Professional Presentations:

Academic Presentations:

            “Speaking for the Dead and the Living.” Panel discussion with Lee Martin, Sonja Huber, and Mary Winstead, “Nonfiction Now” conference, University of Iowa, Nov. 10-12, 2005.

            "Scattering Points and Plots: A Farm Boy Comes Home," Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society fall meeting, Mennonite Heritage Center, Metamora, Ill., Oct. 29, 2005.

“Walking Around in the World,” feature address, Mennonite Historical Society, Bluffton University, May 19, 2005.

 "A Cappella: Mennonite Poets Crossing Borders," Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Vancouver, BC, April 1, 2005.

"Adding Real Beings to the World: Teaching Peace, Writing, and Human Exchange." "Teaching Peace" conference at Bluffton College, May 26-28, 2004.

“Suzanne Comes to Flanagan: Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and a Mennonite Boy.” "Sound in the Land" conference at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario, May 28-30, 2004.

   "'What Is It I Know?': Notes Toward an Embodied Gnosis" the Ritual in Anabaptist Communities conference, Hillsdale College, June 28, 2003.

   "A Capella: Mennonite Voices" panel. Associated Writing Programs conference, Baltimore, MD, March 27-29, 2003.

   ”Heresy and the Individual Talent.” Mennonite/s Writing: An International Conference, Goshen College, Oct. 25, 2002.

   Author’s panel and poetry reading. Wheaton College Writing and Literature Conference, Sept. 26-27, 2002.

   "Pacifists are not Passive" at Maumee Valley Country Day School's Issues Day, Nov. 9, 2001.

   Panel discussion on faith and the arts. "With Words, Notes and Brushes: Conversations on Faith and the Arts,” Messiah College, Oct. 26-27, 2001.

   “Scatter Plots: Depression, Silence, and Mennonite Margins.”  1999 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture.  Presented at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart IN; Mennonite Health Assembly convention, Colorado Springs CO, Bluffton College, Bluffton OH; Goshen College, Goshen IN; Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.

   “Black Coats, Pig-Headed Fathers, and Growing Souls: Some Reflections on the Figure of Harold Bender.”  Mennonite Historical Society Annual Meeting, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, May 24, 1999.

   (In)visible Cities, (F)acts of Power, (Hmm)ility, Fathers and (M)Others: Anabaptism, Postmodernity, and Mennonite Writing.”  Anabaptists and Postmodernity conference.  Bluffton College, Bluffton OH, August 1998.

   “In Praise of the Lurkers (Who Come Out to Speak).”  Plenary session, Mennonite/s Writing in the U.S. conference.  Goshen College, Goshen IN, Oct. 24, 1997.

   “Fiction, Truth, Reality, and Our Messy Little Selves.”  Keynote lecture, Bluffton College English/Communication Festival, April 1996.

   “The Trials of Joseph Joder.”  Keynote presentation, “Tradition and Transition: An Amish Mennonite Heritage of Obedience.”  Metamora, IL,  Oct. 15, 1993.

   “Teaching Literature, Teaching Me: Writing, Gender, and Mentoring.”  M/MLA Convention, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 1992.

   “William Stafford and Janet Kauffman: Marginality, Gender, and Opposition.”  M/MLA Convention, Kansas City, MO, Nov. 1990.

   “Beyond Conformity and Rebellion: Opposition, Community and Mennonite Education.”  C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture, 1989-90; presented at Bluffton College, Jan. 24, 1990; Conrad Grebel College, Mar. 1,1990, Goshen College, April 3, 1990.

   “Heroes, Enemies, and Nuclear Survival.” M/MLA Convention, St. Louis, November 1988.

   “Humility and Midwestern Literature: Is There a Plains Style?” Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, Michigan State Univ., May 1988.

   “Humility in Mennonite Literature.”   Mennonite Experience in America Conference, Bluffton College, Nov. 1987.

   “Arrogant Humility and Aristocratic Torpor:  Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?” Jubilation of Poets Conference, Cleveland State University, October 1986.

   “Style and Self: Student Readings of Four Versions of Basho,” College English Association of Ohio Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, April 1986.

   “’Does It Matter Whether You Hate Your Self?’: Robinson Jeffers and Uncentering,” M/MLA Convention, Bloomington, IN, November 1984.

   “Robert Bly’s Search for a Scientific and Mystical Poetry,” Kansas Humanities Commission Conference, Lawrence, KS, October 1984.


Poetry workshops and presentations on creative writing:

          Elizabethtown College, September 22, 2006; Oregon Institute, Lincoln, Oregon, Dec. 2-4, 2004; Antioch Writer’s Workshop, June 9-16, 2005; Manchester College, April 18, 2005; Bethel College, April 14-15, 2005; "A Cappella: Mennonite Poets Crossing Borders," Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Vancouver, BC, April 1, 2005; Conrad Grebel University College, March 9-10, 2005; University of Windsor, March 14, 2005; Penn State Altoona, March 17-18, 2005; Firelands College, Feb. 28, 2005; Oregon Institute, Lincoln, OR, Dec. 2-4, 2004; Intensive poetry workshop, Goshen College, April 26-30, 2004; Language of Nature Institute, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, June 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; "Winter Wheat: the Mid-American Review Festival of Writing" Bowling Green State University, Nov. 14-17, 2002; Antioch Writers Workshop, July 6-13, 2002; “With Words, Notes & Brushes: Conversations on Faith & the Arts,” Messiah College, Oct. 26-27, 2001; Antioch Writers Workshop, July 7-14, 2001; Island Writers’ Retreat, Marblehead, Ohio, Aug. 11-12, 2000; Manchester College Writers Conference, April 27, 2000; Eastern Mennonite University, “Writers Read,” Jan. 27, 2000; “Mennonites and the Family” conference, Goshen College, Oct. 16, 1999; Eastern Mennonite University, Nov. 20-21, 1997; Ohio Poetry Day, Mount Union College, Alliance OH, Oct. 11, 1997; Featured poet, “Mennonite/s Writing in the U.S.,” Oct. 23-26, 1997; Lorain County Community College Literary Festival, May 2-3, 1997; Resource person, “A Place for Poetry,” poetry retreat at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, May 9-11, 1997; Visiting poet, Cincinnati Writers’ Fellowship, June 1996; Granville Book Fair, Granville, OH, June 1996; Resource person, “Invoking the Voice,” poetry retreat at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, May 9-12, 1996; Author-in-Residence, Bluffton College English/Communication Festival, April 1996; Featured Speaker, fall meeting of the Illiinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society, Metamora, Illinois, Oct 1995; Writers’ Festival, Otterbein College, May 1995; “Poetry and Performance,” Fresno Pacific College, Feb. 1, 1994; Northwest Ohio Writers’ Conference, Wright State Univ. Lake Campus, May 14, 1993; “The Prose Poem Today” (with Jessica Grim and Brooke Horvath) University Circle Arabica, Cleveland, Dec. 13, 1992; Goshen College, May 1992; Mennonite Arts Weekend, Cincinnati, Feb. 1991; People’s Place Writers’ Conference, Mar. 1990; Mennonite Writers’ Conference, Laurelville, PA, Sept. 1988; Elida High School, 1988, 1986; Gomer Elementary School, 1991, 1986; Fort Jennings Elementary School, 1986, 1985.


Selected poetry and nonfiction readings:

          Goshen College, March 27, 2006; Chapman University, March 6, 2006; Ashland University, Feb. 27, 2006; Manchester College, April 18, 2005; Bethel (Kansas) College, April 14-15, 2005; University of Findlay, Nov. 2004, Bluffton University, Nov. 2004, Goshen College, Jan. 13 and April 30, 2004;  Eastern Mennonite University, Nov. 6, 2003; Midwestern Poetry Festival, Michigan State University, May 9, 2003, Ferris State University, Nov. 18, 2002; Bowling Green State Univ., Nov. 15, 2002; Ohio River Festival of Books, Nov. 9, 2002; Mennonite/s Writing: An International Conference, Goshen College, Oct. 25, 2002; Antioch Writers’ Workshop, July 2002; Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio on Thursday, April 18; Language of Nature Conference, Peninsula, OH, June 6, 2002; Messiah College, Oct. 25, 2001; Antioch Writers’ Workshop, July 10, 2001; Univ. of Georgia Art Museum, April 26, 2001; Bethel College, March 12, 2001; Penn State University, February 8, 2001; “Celebrate the Arts,” Sandusky Merry-Go-Round Museum, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2000; Island Writers’ Retreat, Aug. 11, 2000; Java Jake’s, North Manchester, IN, April 26, 2000; Eastern Mennonite University, “Writers Read,” Jan. 27, 2000; Ohio State University-Lima, Jan. 12, 1999; Wright State Lake Campus, Celina OH, Dec. 3, 1998; Wick Poetry Series, Kent State Univ., Nov. 1998; Central Christian High School, Kidron OH, Nov. 1998; Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA, Nov. 20, 1997; Mennonites/s Writing in the U.S. Conference, Goshen IN, Oct. 23, 1997; Lorain County Community College Literary Festival, May 2-3, 1997; Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, May 8, 1997; Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, April 10, 1996; Messiah College, Grantham, PA, April 11, 1996; White River Writers’ Workshop, Batesville, AR, June 19, 1995; Otterbein College, May, 1995; Goshen College, Oct. 1994; Illinois State Univ., April 27, 1994; James Wright Poetry Festival, Martins Ferry, OH, April 16, 1994; Bethel College (KS), Hesston College (KS), Central College (IA), April 4-7, 1994; Coffee Temptations, Sandusky, OH, Feb. 1994; Mennonite Arts Weekend, Cincinnati, Feb. 4-6, 1994; Fresno Pacific College, Feb. 1, 1994; Cafe Vienna Poetry Series, Cincinnati, June 1993; Ohio Northern University, April 1993; Cleveland Poet’s League Earwitness Series, December 1992; Firelands College, 1992; Bluffton College, 1992, 1989, 1987; Goshen College, 1992, 1987, 1975, 1974; Mennonite World Conference, Winnipeg, 1990; Ohio State University at Lima, 1989; Midwest Poetry Festival, Michigan State University, 1992, 1989, 1988; Mennonite Writers’ Conference, Laurelville, PA, 1988; Hesston College, 1982; Bethel College, (KS) 1981; Indiana University, 1979, 1977


Service (selected):

      Co-chair and main organizer, “Mennonite/s Writing: Beyond Borders,” Bluffton University, Oct. 26-29, 2006.

      General Editor, Associated Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals Program, 2003-present.

      Poetry Juror, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Program, 2002, Montgomery County Arts Council, 2006.

      Promotion and tenure evaluations: Indiana University, Goshen College, Indiana U./Purdue U. at Fort Wayne.

      Manuscript evaluations: University of Nebraska Press, Pearson/Longman, University of Akron Press.

Bluffton University committees: Graduate Academic Programs Council (chair 2003-05),  Faculty Development, Special Studies and Honors, Dean’s Council, Department Chairs Council, Academic Affairs Committee.

Department Chair, 1993-94, 1997-2003, 2005-06, spring 2007.


Discussion leader, Ohio Humanities Council series:

          “Ohio Frontiers,” Ohio Humanities Council, 1997-present.

          “Community Reconsidered: Living Together,” Winesburg, Ohio, Findlay-Hancock Public Library, Jan. 1994.  Later That Same Day, Rockford Carnegie Library, Mar. 1994.  Sula, Tiffin Public Library, Apr. 1994, Perrysburg Public Library, June 1994.  Townships, Rockford Carnegie Library, Apr. 1994.

          “The American Family,” This House of Sky, St. Marys, OH, Sept. 1989.  My Antonia, Ottawa, OH, Nov. 1989.  This House of Sky, Rockford, OH, Nov. 1990.

          “Let’s Talk About It, II,” “What America Reads: Myth Making in Popular Fiction,” Shane. Ottawa and Kenton, OH, 1988. 



Professional Memberships:

          Modern Language Association

          National Council of Teachers of English

          Poets and Writers, Inc.

          Associated Writers and Writing Programs

          Conference on College Composition and Communication

          Midwest Modern Language Association

            Secretary of Peace Literature and Pedagogy section, 1989-90; chair, 1990-91

            Secretary of Creative Writing section, 1991-92; chair, 1992-93


Courses Taught:

          Advanced Writing: Nonfiction

          Writing Seminar

          Creative Writing (poetry, nonfiction, and fiction)

          Survey of American Literature

          Studies in American Literature: Heroism and Humility

          Studies in Modern Literature: Magic Realism and Surrealism

          Studies in Modern Literature: Writing, Reading, and Gender

          Studies in Poetry

          Critical Theory

          Research Seminar

          Themes in Literature: Violence; Survival; The Use of Force; Midwestern Writing

          Expository Writing

          Honors College English

          Advanced College English

          College English

          Issues in Modern America

          Humanities III

          First Year Seminar (Interdisciplinary course for new students)

          Writing and Society

          Introduction to Literature

          The Short Story

          Foundation Studies (Interdisciplinary humanities series, Hesston College)


Community and Church:

          Member and Deacon (2005-08) of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton

          Youth soccer coach

          Hobbies: jogging, guitar, soccer, songwriting