About 10 times a year the Broadside committee — composed of both faculty and students — publishes a piece of original creative writing in placard, or “broadside,” format. Each piece is individually signed by the author and distributed free of charge to a subscription list of about 250 people on campus. (Sorry, no mailed subscriptions.) Since 1976 the outstanding writing of students, faculty and staff members, as well as visitors to campus, has been honored by such publication.
Poems, songs and short fiction are welcome in the series. Authors are also encouraged to submit an illustration or visual design for the publication, which is produced by a paid student assistant.
Most recent Broadside: Who Sings of Peace is My Kind of Child, by Maddie Gerig
Notable Broadside Writers:
- Dana Johnson
- Rhoda Janzen
- B.H. Fairchild
- Cornelius Eady
- Pat Mora, Chicana poet
- David Dabydeen, novelist and poet, Guyana and England
- Donald Hall, poet, New Hampshire
- Denise Levertov, poet, Seattle, Wash.
- David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest
- Seamus Heaney, Ireland, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature
- Garrison Keillor of radio’s “Prairie Home Companion”
- Elliot Wigginton, founder of the Foxfire project
- Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
- William Stafford, poet, National Book Award
- Peter Fallon, Ireland, poet and publisher
- Colville Young, poet, Governor-General of Belize
- Niyi Osundare, Nigeria, Commonwealth Poetry Prize
- Alastair Reed, poet, The New Yorker
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russia, poet
Broadsides by active Mennonite writers include:
- Julia Kasdorf, Carnegie poetry prize
- Rudy Wiebe, Canada, novelist, Governor-General’s Prize
- Jean Janzen, poet, Fresno, Calif.
- Juanita Brunk, poet, New York City, N.Y.
- Keith Ratzlaff, poet, Iowa
- Janet Kauffman, novelist, Michigan
- David Waltner-Toews, poet, Toronto, Canada