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.” WriterAdvice.com 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.