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Kirsten Beachy

DEPARTMENT: Language & Literature Dept

POSITION: Assistant Professor

DEPARTMENT: Visual & Communication Arts Dept

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 216

PHONE: (540) 432-4558


Kirsten serves as director of EMU’s Core Curriculum. She earned her MFA in creative writing at West Virginia University. She is a contributing editor to The Tusculum Review and edited the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies: Poems, Stories, and Essays Inspired by the Martyrs Mirror. Kirsten co-chaired Mennonites Writing VI: Solos and Harmonies, a bi-national writing conference, in Spring 2012.

She lives in Briery Branch with her husband, daughters, a bevy of backyard chickens and ducks, several hives of honeybees, and Sophie the cat.


B.A. Philosophy & Theology, Eastern Mennonite University
B.A. Theater, Eastern Mennonite University
M.F.A. Creative Writing, West Virginia University


  • “Extra! Extra!: Welcoming Twins When Down Syndrome is Part of the Story.” Two-part feature, Twins Magazine. July/August and September/October 2016. (Vol. 33, nos. 4 & 5).
  • “After Identity: Mennonite Writing in North America.” Book Review. Lancaster Mennonite Heritage. October 2016.
  • “Notes from the Night Owl Feed.” Book chapter in On Mothering Multiples: Complexities and Possibilities. Ed. Kathy Mantas. Demeter Press. 2016.
  • “Eggs: A Short History of Infertility and Ducks.” The Cresset. Lent 2014.
  • “Milk.” Book chapter in Mennonite Mothering. Co-editors, Rachel Epp Buller and Kerry Fast. Demeter Press. 2013.
  • “Entering the Wild.” Book Review. Mennonite Quarterly Review. October 2013.
  • “Lavish Banquets.” The Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing. May
  • “Mennonite Girls Can Read (With Recipes!).” Short fiction. Mennonite Life. Summer 2012.
  • “His Wife.” Short fiction. The Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing. March 2012.
  • “That Hidden Thing.” Book Review. Rhubarb. Winter 2011.
  • “A President’s Journey: the Memoirs of Henry Poettker and At Powerline and Diamond Hill: Unexpected Intersections of Life and Faith.” Book Review. Mennonite
    Quarterly Review.
    October 2011.
  • “Confederate Streets.” Book Review. Tusculum Review Blog & Book Reviews. 2011.
  • “Groff’s Haplotype.” Short fiction. Spittoon Magazine. September 2011.
  • “Walking.” The Tusculum Review. 2011.
  • “Field Notes Toward a Doctrine of Chicken.” The Cresset. Lent 2011
  • Tongue Screws and Testimonies: Poems, Stories, and Essays Inspired by the Martyrs Mirror, Herald Press, 2010. Anthology editor.
  • “Fertility.” Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction. 2010
  • “Wild Things Need a Mother.” Review. Dreamseeker Magazine. Winter 2010
  • “The Last Worker.” Tusculum Review Online. December 2010
  • “The Last Mile.” Rhubarb. Winter 2009
  • “Me and the Martyrs.” (reprint) _Center for Mennonite Writing Journal_1.5 (Sept. 2009)
  • “Selling the Farm.” Shenandoah 59.1 (2009). Listed as “notable” essay in Best American Essays 2010
  • “A Butcher of Conscience.” The Tusculum Review 4 (2008).
  • “The Institute of Transcendence.” Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression 2.1 (2008):101-108
  • “Is that all?” Dreamseeker Magazine 7.4 (2007): 7-11.
  • “Me and the Martyrs.” _The Tusculum Review_3 (2007): 7-24
  • “The Comforts of Home.” eightyone Dec. 2006.
  • “Cinderella Maneuvers.” June 2006.
  • “Report from Amish Country.” Dreamseeker Magazine 5.4 (2005): 5-10.
  • “The Day They Ask.” Nonfiction. Dreamseeker Magazine 5.1 (2005): 23-25. [Reprinted in eightyone November 2005.]
  • Features, interviews, and columns for eightyone magazine, March 2006-January 2007.
  • Features and news articles for Crossroads. 2000, 2005-2006

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • “Eggs: A Short History of Infertility and Ducks.” Mothering Mennonite Conference. Bethel College. October 2013.
  • “Martyr Stock: Literary Responses to the Martyrs Mirror.” Martyrs Mirror: Reflections Across Time Study Conference. Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College. June 2010.
  • “Me and the Martyrs.” Mennonite/s Writing Conference. Bluffton, Ohio. October 2006.
  • “Motivating Revision Through Written Response.” WVU Writing Program. Morgantown, W. Va. Spring 2005.