Broadside Publishing

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.


See for a more recent list of titles.

The Sistine Chapel Took Four Years to Complete, by Jakyra Green

Crystal Gunslingers, by Patrick Webb

When Prufrock Falls in Love, by Emmalene Rupp

El sol te sequira’, by Greta Klassen

Mujer Digna,  Worthy Woman, by Lucia Martinez

Elements of a Daydream, by Anna Keller

Supercoiled, by Siana Emery

Iris, by Maris Opsahl

Leaves, by Jose Chiquito

Song of the Maples, by Shari Wagner

“She” Is Still an Object, by Madeline Gerig

Technophobia, by Peter Reimer

On The Refrain Taken From An Old Hymn, by Micah Towery

“She” is Still an Object, by Madeline Gerig

Where Grass is Pressed, by Helen Frost

Unlit, by Armarlie Grier

Minor Dyslexia, by Anya Slabaugh

Glass House, by Alma Miller

Creator, by Sara Klassen

The Year of Not Dancing, by C.L. Dallat, from The Year of Not Dancing(Blackstaff Press, 2009)

Novgorod Sidings, by Anne-Marie Fyfe, from Understudies: New & Selected Poems (Seren Books, 2010)

Exposure, by Jess Sprunger

Who Sings of Peace is My Kind of Child, by Maddie Gerig

Life Makes Me Itch and Gag, by Emma Gerig

Gold, by Kate Stoltzfus

I’ll Catch You Up, by Todd Davis

Confessional, by Mary Roth

Ya Basta, by Cora Broaddus

Rae, by Hayley Brooks

Excerpt from Elsewhere, California, by Dana Johnson

The Art of a Fall, by Kate Stoltzfus

Remains/After Teatime, by Sara Klassen

Untitled, by Kate Yoder

My Smokescreen Inheritance, by Abby Hertzler

Heat Syncope, by Luis Urrea

Heritage, by Jamie Parker

Potion, by Ted Maust

Family Room, by Lavonne Shetler

Elegy, by Peter Fallon

Yehuda Amichai In Late November, by Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Canary, by Phil Stoesz

Trapped, by Brian O’Leary

The Pen, by Kim Short

Piping, by Haven Kimmel

Martyr, by Ann Hostetler

City song, by Lewis Caskey

Creator God, by Linea Geiser

Courage, by Lisa Perkins

Moving Out, by Sandra Gilbert

The Midnight, by Jacob Schlabach

Garbage Morning, by Sarah Rich

Untitled, by Abe Pauls

There didn’t seem to be a way out, by Michael Miller, illustrated by Hannah Sandvold

Chicken Crossing, by Laura Nimigan

Firefly Graveyard, by Daniel Vader

Tabasco the Bull, by Ben Jacobs

Mixed Messages, by M. Letsch

Notable Broadside Writers:

  • Philip Metres, poet
  • Dana Johnson, fiction writer
  • Tony Macaulay, Northern Ireland, author
  • Rhoda Janzen, poet and memoirist
  • B.H. Fairchild, poet
  • Cornelius Eady, poet
  • Pat Mora, Chicana poet
  • Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author
  • 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