Kirsten Beachy

Kirsten Beachy

Office Phone: (540) 432-4558


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 208

Assistant Professor

Visual & Communication Arts Dept and Language & Literature Dept

Kirsten 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 served as interim director of EMU’s Core Curriculum from 2012-2014.

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

  • “Walking.” The Tusculum Review. Forthcoming.
  • “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 Journal1.5 (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 Review3 (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
  • “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.
Other Presentations
  • “Martyr Stock” Sermon. Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Va. Summer 2010.
  • “Notes from the Chicken Run” Sermon. Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Va. Summer 2009.
  • “The Blessing of the Dishclothes” Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Va. Summer 2008.
  • “That’s Not All.” Sermon. Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Va. Summer 2007
Exhibits, Performances and Productions
  • Tongue Screws and Testimonies Reading. Arts Council of the Valley’s Smith House, Harrisonburg, Va. Jan. 14, 2011.
  • Tongue Screws and Testimonies Release Reading. EMU. Nov. 18, 2010.
  • Never Tell Mother Poets. Flash Fiction. Common Grounds Reading. EMU. Fall 2009.
  • “Martyrs and Chickens.” Nonfiction reading. EMU Department of Language & Literature, Harrisonburg, Va. April 2007.
  • “The Derby.” Fiction reading. WVU Graduate Reading, Morgantown, W. Va. Spring 2006.
  • “The Day they Ask.” Nonfiction reading. EMU Honors Program, Harrisonburg, Va. January 2006.
  • “Report from Amish Country.” Nonfiction reading. EMU Bible and Religion Department, Harrisonburg, Va. Fall 2005.
  • MFA readings. Various fiction pieces. Morgantown, W. Va. Jan. 2005, Sept. 2004, Jan. 2004.
  • The Elephant Market Reading. Fiction. Morgantown, W. Va. April 2004.
Church, Community and Professional Service
  • Friendly City Food Co-op volunteer
  • Shenandoah Valley Community School volunteer
  • Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, Va. Worship committee, Sunday school assistant, worship leader.
  • Judge for’s 2007 Flash Fiction contest.
Professional Memberships
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Professional Conferences Attended
  • AWP 2011.
  • Festival of Faith and Writing. Calvin College. 2010.
  • Listening for the Language of Nature; Wilderness Wind writer’s retreat with Jeff Gundy, July 2009.
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2008.
  • Blackfriar’s Conference, Oct. 23-28. 2007.
EMU Service
  • GVC First-Year Seminar/College Writing Committee, Spring 2008
  • Adviser to The Phoenix, student Literary and Arts Journal, 2007-08