Tagged with: heritage

Maurice Mierau
Writing from Experience: Finding Comfort in Discomfort (2:54)

Maurice Mierau talks about how his Mennonite background has given him a strong sense of himself as a poet.

Maurice Mierau
Culture, Language, and Community (3:57)

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

John K. Samson
Culture in the Middle of Nowhere (3:24)

John K. Samson describes the "lost culture" of Iceland and Winnipeg.

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.

Maurice Mierau
Travel: The Impact of a Place (1:43)

In this video, Maurice Mierau discusses landscape, narrative and biography. He talks about being a second generation refugee and how, to him, place is "a metaphor for moving through one's life and reflecting on it in the way that a poet should."

Maurice Mierau
Genre Lines: Thematic Connections (3:42)

Maurice Mierau has experience in nonfiction, poetry and editing. In this video, he discusses how interconnected these activites are.

Patrick Friesen
Growing Up: Believing in Words (3:02)

Patrick Friesen believes that “a person writes out of what they know towards what they don’t know.” In this video, he discusses how his Mennonite childhood influenced his eventual belief in the power and meaning of words.

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