Ann Hostetler

Professor of English

Ann Hostetler


  • BA, Kenyon College, 1976
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University, 1982
  • PHD, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Website Editor, Center for Mennonite Writing.

Co-editor, with Ervin Beck. Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing.

Advisory Board member, The Conrad Grebel Review, The Mennonite Quarterly Review.

Guest Editor, The American Issue. Rhubarb Magazine, Fall 2009.

What I Saw in Dresden, a poetry chapbook

Enemy Lessons after 9/11, a poetry manuscript in the final stages of revision.

A collection of essays on Mennonite Writing, in process.

Curating and editing manuscripts and papers by my parents, John A. Hostetler and Beulah Stauffer Hostetler, including a family saga completed by my mother before her death, and my parents’ letters.

African American Writers and The New York Times Book Review

Ekphrasis and the Image in African American Poetry

Critical Consciousness in the College Literature Classroom

Cultural Transitions and the Development of Mennonite Literature and Literary Studies



Imagining Community: The Art of Sylvia Gross Bubalo. Exhibit Catalog. The Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee of Goshen College, 2013.

The Amish, 3rd Ed. by John A. Hostetler. Revised and updated with Steve M. Nolt. Herald Press, 2013.

Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv.  Ed. Moira Richards, Rosemary Starace, and Lesley Wheeler. Member of Editorial Board for this collaborative anthology created through the internet. Los Angeles: Red Hen Press, 2008.

A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry. Ed. University of Iowa Press, 2003.

Empty Room with Light. Poems. Dreamseeker Books, 2002.

Scholarly Articles, Book Chapters, and Review Essays

“Resurrecting the Dead Girl: Modernism and the Problem of History in Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise.” Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning, ed. Adrienne Lanier Seward and Justine Tally. Univ. of Mississippi Press, 2014, 33-50.

“The Self in Mennonite Garb: Where Does the Writing Come From?” The Mennonite Quarterly Review, January 2013.

“The Cheyenne in the Poetry of Anna Ruth Ediger Baehr.”  Co-authored with Sarah Roth-Mullet.  The Mennonite Quarterly Review July 2011.

Poems in Journals (selected)

  • “Travelers” in Quiddity: International Literary Journal, Benedictine University, Springfield, Fall/winter 2013
  • “Ode to the Dash” and “Suzanne Valadon Poses for Renoir” in Permafrost Summer Online Issue, 2013.
  • Topeka, Indiana,” Valparaiso Poetry Review, Spring/Summer 2013.
  • Unexpected Ghost,” Bluestem, Spring 2013
  • “The Languages of Yoga in Dresden,” The Cresset, Easter 2013
  • “Herman Hesse Learns the Language of Color,” The Cresset, Lent 2013
  • “Transfiguration,” Goshen College Lenten Meditation for March 30, 2013
  • “The Many and the One,” Grey Sparrow Journal, April 2013
  • “The Woman Who Refused to be Shunned,” The Atlanta Review, Fall/Winter 2012
  • “In German Class,” Limestone, The University of Kentucky, 2012
  • “Black Flower,” Talking River Review, Lewis-Clark State College, Summer 2012.
  • “Sacred Harp Singing in Mid-July” and “Cleaning the Closet,” The MacGuffin, Winter, 2012.
  • “Youth in Autumn.”  Rhubarb. Winter 2013.
  • “Jahrzeit” and “Neuroma.” The Alembic. Spring 2012
  • “Prayer.” Shepherd Express Online, April 2012.
  • Accounting,” Gulf Stream Magazine, Online #7, Spring 2012
  • Enough” and “Flight Patterns,” Nimrod International Journal, Spring 2012 
  • “Strangers”, The Monarch Review, November 28, 2011.
  • “Too Big for Words,” Poet Lore, Summer 2011.
  • Portrait of the Artist,” Washington Square Review, Summer 2011.
  • Representations of the Body: The German Hygiene Museum, The Stickman Review, Spring 2011.
  • On the Front Porch at Midnight” and “After Birth,” Literary Mama, May 8, 2011.
  • “Living Sacrifice” and “For Those Who Would Change the World” in Tongue Screws and Testimonies, ed. Kirsten Beachy. Scottdale: Herald Press, 2010
  • “Market,” “Know What You Love,” “Correspondence,” “Birthday Dinners,” “Connection.”  In Rhubarb, 26, Summer 2010.
  • Heirlooms,” Valparaiso Poetry Review
  • “Sonnets for the Amish Girls of Nickel Mines.”  Mennonite Weekly Review, January  1, 2007. Rpt. The Elkhart Truth.  9 January 2007.
  • “Female Ancestor.” In Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania.  Ed. Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple.  State College:  The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005. Noted on the Pennsylvania Center for the Book website.

Selected Essays and Reviews

Review of The Apple Speaks by Becca J. R. Lachman in the Journal of Mennonite Studies, vol. 31, Summer 2013.

“Winning the Lottery: A Tribute to Daniel Hoffman.” Per Contra: An International Journal of the Arts, Literature, and Ideas, Issue 27, Spring 2013.


“Of Mothering, Monasticism, and Creative Space: A Retreat at Soul Mountain.”  Future Earth Magazine, vol. 4, Summer 2010.

“A Valediction Forbidding Excommunication: Ecopoetics and the Reclamation of Community in Recent Work by Di Brandt.”  Journal of Mennonite Studies, 28, Summer 2010.

“Every Buggy Has Four Wheels: Making ‘Sonnets for the Amish Girls of Nickel Mines.’  In Making Poems:  40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2010.

“The Art of Teaching:  An Interview with Toni Morrison.”  Toni Morrison: Conversations.  Ed. Carolyn Denard. Jackson: Univ. Mississippi Press, 2008.

“Playing the Sacred Harp:  Mennonite Literature as Confession.”  The Conrad Grebel Review. Winter 2008.

Cento for an Anthology of Women Poets.” With Ann Fisher-Wirth, Ellen Goldstein, D’Arcy Randall, Rosemary Starace & Lesley Wheeler. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue.  Vol. 10, June 2008.

“Bringing Experience to Consciousness:  Reflections on Mennonite Literature, 2004.”  Journal of Mennonite Studies. Volume 23, 2005.

“Three Women Poets and the Beginnings of Mennonite Poetry n the U.S.:  Anna Ruth Ediger Baehr, Jane Rohrer, Jean Janzen.”  Mennonite Quarterly Review (October 2003) 77.4, 521-546.

“The Unofficial Voice:  The Poetics of Cultural Identity and Contemporary U. S. Mennonite Poetry.”  Mennonite Quarterly Review (October 1998)  72.4, 511-528.  Rpt.  In Migrant Muses:  Mennonite(s) Writing in the U. S., ed. John Roth and Ervin Beck, Mennonite Historical Society, Goshen, IN, 31-48.

The Aesthetics of Race and Gender in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.”  PMLA, vol. 105, no. 1, January 1990.

“Emerson and the Visual Arts:  Private Response and Public Posture.”  ESQ:  A Journal of the American Renaissance (Autumn 1987) 34.3, 121-136.


Along the Race: Reflections on People, Place and Urban Ecology

Spring 2016

CORE 190 – Crossing Borders: A Goshen Seminar in Peacemaking

ENGL 203 – Creative Writing: An Introduction

ENGL 280 – Sophomore Writing Portfolio

ENGL 405 – Junior Seminar

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 409 – Senior Project

ENGL 410 – Senior Seminar

Fall 2015

ENGL 204 – Expository Writing

ENGL 214 – Banned Books: An Artistic World Perspectives Course

ENGL 280 – Sophomore Writing Portfolio

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 409 – Senior Project

May 2015

ENGL 290 – English Publishing

Spring 2015

ENGL 302 – British Literature from 1800 – Present

ENGL 332 – Writing Poetry

ENGL 280 – Sophomore Writing Portfolio

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 409 – Senior Project

ENGL 410 – English Senior Seminar

Fall 2014

ENGL 204 – Expository Writing

ENGL 214 – Banned Books: An Artistic World Perspectives Course

ENGL 303 – American Lit to 1900

ENGL 280 – Sophomore Portfolio

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 409 – Senior Project

IIE 691- Capstone Thesis Project, part 2

Summer 2014

IIE 691 – Capstone Thesis Project

Spring 2014

CORE 190 – Crossing Borders: A Goshen Seminar in Peacemaking

ENGL 280 –  Sophomore Writing Portfolio

ENGL 334 –  Writing Creative Nonfiction

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 409 – Senior Project

ENGL 410 – Senior Seminar

Fall 2013

ENGL 205 – Warriors and Peacemakers: An Artistic World Perspectives Course

ENGL 280 – Sophomore Writing Portfolio

ENGL 207/307 – Mennonite Literature

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 409 – Senior Project

Summer 2013

HUM 220 – Art and Literature: Word & Image (online)

HUM 221 – Lab for Word & Image

May 2013

ENGL 204 – Expository Writing

ENGL 299 – Independent Writing Project

Spring 2013

ENGL 300 – Critical Theory and Practice

ENGL 280 – Sophomore Writing Portfolio

ENGL 408 – Senior Writing Practicum

ENGL 410 – English Senior Seminar

Historic Courses

ENGL 120 – Intro to Creative Writing

ENGL 210 – Introduction to Literature: Poetry

ENGL 299 – Independent Project

ENGL 305 – Genre: Contemporary Poetry

ENGL 306 – Major Author: D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf

ENGL 306 – Major Author: Woolf, Faulkner, and Morrison

ENGL 307 – African American Literature; African American Literature and Film

ENGL 307 – Native American Literature

ENGL 330 – Writing Fiction

HIST 373 – Native American History

HUM 220, 320, 420 – Literature and Art

REL/WOST 328  – Spiritual Writings of Women

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference acceptance, Summer 2013

U.S. Poets in Mexico acceptance,  Merida, Mexico. January 5-12, 2013

John Hewitt Summer School Bursary, Armagh, N. Ireland, Summer 2008

Soul Mountain Retreat Residency, Spring 2007

Contemplative Curriculum Development Seminar participant, August 2006.  Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.  Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Finalist for Arlin G. Meyer Award, Sponsored by the Lilly Fellows Program of Valparaiso University, 2005, for Empty Room with Light

Honorable Mention, Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Contest of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, 2003.  For “Priestess of Love.”

C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship, 2002-2003

Turner Dissertation Prize Nominee, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Outstanding Educator Recognition, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 1995

Wisconsin Arts Board Development Grant, 1993-94 for Poetry

Academy of American Poets William Carlos Williams Award, University of Pennsylvania,

1989 – Honorable mention, judged by W. S. Merwin

1988 – Third Place, judged by James Merrill

Phi Beta Kappa, 1976


Mininger Faculty Scholarship Award, 2014-1015

Mininger Faculty Scholarship Award, 2013-2014

CITL Language Study Grant, 2012-2013

Mininger Conference Grant, 2012-2013

CITL Faculty Research Fellowship, 2011-2012

Mininger Conference Grant, 2010-2011

Sabbatical, 2009

Mininger International Conference Grant, 2009-2010

Mininger Conference Grant, 2008-2009

Mininger Conference Grant, Goshen College, 2007-08

Soul Mountain Writing Residency, May 2007

Mininger Research Grant, Goshen College, 2006-07

Women’s Studies Research Award, Goshen College, 2006

Mininger Conference Grant, Goshen College, 2005-06

Mininger Research Grant, Goshen College, 2003-04

Goshen College Faculty Research Awards, annually from 1999-2003

Women’s Studies Research Award, Goshen College, Spring 2002

Multicultural Education Office Course Enrichment Grant, Goshen College, 2001-2002; 2002-2003

Women’s Studies Award for Faculty Research, Goshen College,  Spring 2001, Spring 2002

In the Profession:

Planning Committee, Mennonite/s Writing, 2015 (Fresno, California)
Advisory Board: The Conrad Grebel Review, 2012 – present

At Goshen College:

  • Academic Affairs Committee, 2014-2016
  • Humanities School Co-Chair, 2014-2016
  • Mennonite Quarterly Review Editorial Board, 1998-present
  • Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee, 2006-present
  • Bookstore Advisory Committee, 2012-2014
  • ipad Curriculum Advisory Committee, 2013-present
  • Teacher Education Advisory Committee, 2012-2014

In the English Department:

  • English Department Chair, 2012-present
  • Broadside advisor, 1998-2014
  • Red Cents advisor, 2006-present
  • Pinchpenny Press advisor, 2014-present
  • Advise sophomore portfolios, senior projects, senior writing practicums
  • Plan events with visiting writers, S. A. Yoder Lectureship, and Writing Workshop


  • Planning committees for Mennonite/s Writing, 2002, 2006, 2012
  • MLK Day, Jr. Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Women’s Studies Advisory