Culture, Language, and Community

Maurice Mierau (3:57)

Maurice Mierau speaks about why Mennonite writers are drawn to community and writing groups.

Tagged with: writing community, mennonite writing, manitoba, spirituality, heritage.

Maurice Mierau's non-fiction book, Detachment: An Adoption Memoir, will appear with Freehand in September 2014. His new book of poems, Six, will be out in 2015 with Palimpsest. Mierau edits the online magazine The Winnipeg Review.

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Patrick Friesen
Culture: Mennonite Writing (6:01)

The writing community in Winnipeg has been profoundly shaped by Mennonite writers such as Di Brandt, David Bergen, Miriam Toews, Sarah Klassen and (the interviewee in this video) Patrick Friesen. Many of the city’s best known novelists and poets are of a Mennonite background and several have been involved in creating and maintaining writing communities within Manitoba. In this video, Friesen speaks to why this may be the case and why the Mennonite traditions of storytelling, organization, and spirituality actually help foster great writers.

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