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Her poems were awarded a 2009 NEA

fellowship and a Pushcart Prize and appear in

numerous anthologies.

She thinks about the relationships that writers

have with the communities and places they

come from and also those places they choose

to inhabit. Past projects along these lines

include a collection of essays, The Body and

the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life,

winner of the 2002 Book of the Year Award

from the Conference on Christianity and

Literature, and a monograph, Fixing Tradition:

Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American. She has

worked on new editions of Yoder’s 1940 local

color classic Rosanna of the Amish, which is

set in Centre and Mifflin Counties and Fred

Lewis Pattee’s The House of the Black Ring, set

in Centre County. With Michael Tyrell she coedited

the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of


Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published three

collections of poetry with the University of

Pittsburgh Press, most recently Poetry in


She is currently working with photographer

Steven Rubin on a poetry project to document

the impacts of natural gas development in



Among the previous collections, Eve’s

Striptease was named one of Library Journal‘s

Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998, and Sleeping

Preacher won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry

Prize and the Great Lakes College’s Association

Award for New Writing.

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