Published Memoir Essays

Shirley has won literary awards for the following short childhood memoir pieces:

1 “The Fresh Air Girl” 2007 The Kalamazoo Gazette Literary Award First Prize, Memoir

2. “Daddy’s Girl” 2008  The Kalamazoo Gazette Literary Award, Honorable Mention

Republished at The Center for Mennonite Writing   

3. “My Mother’s Pulpit”  2009 The Kalamazoo Gazette Literary Award, First Prize

4. Other awards were an honorable mention in memoir at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference, 2008, and an honorable mention in the Soul-Making Literary Contest, San Francisco, 2009.

Below is a recent publications list in addition to the above essays:

Recent Publications

Shirley H. Showalter

Address:           1825 College Ave.

Harrisonburg, VA  22802

E-Mail:             shirley.showalter (at)

Twitter:            @shirleyhs



I.          Education

Harvard Seminar for New Presidents,HarvardUniversity, 1996

Ph.D., American Civilization,UniversityofTexasatAustin, 1981

Fields:  American literature, intellectual history, art history, religious history

Dissertation:  A Triumph of Comedy:  Ellen Glasgow, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton and a Literary Coming of Age

M.A., American Civilization,UniversityofTexasatAustin, 1974

Thesis:  John Greenleaf Whittier:  The Poet as Preacher

B.A., English, cum laude,EasternMennoniteUniversity,Harrisonburg,Virginia, 1970

National Media and Print Publications

“Saucy Bits,” Rhubarb. Summer 2010, No. 26, 16.

“Years later more can be done to brighten the Crescent City,” USA Today article about New Orleans, Opinion Page, March 20, 2008.

“When and How to Leave a Presidency,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2005, p. C3.

Republished in In Trust magazine, summer 2005, p. 20-21.

Online Publication/radio interviews

“3 Things,” Michigan NPR series radio interview, June 21, 2010:

“A Bedtime Story Your Children Will Love,”, February. 21, 2007

Blog: http://www.100, 252 essays on subjects related to memoir

All my reviews for The Christian Century are located here

President’s Public Diaries, Shirley H. Showalter, “Why We Need More Than Values: The Virtue of Peace; …Service; …Hospitality; …Generosity;

…Sabbath; …Joy; …Longsuffering; …Justice; …Humility; …Hope; …Love.”,

Op-Eds and Religious Publications

 “Exhibit doesn’t tell people how to think; it invites them to think,” Kalamazoo Gazette, Oct. 17, 2010, A9.

“Forgiveness,” timbrel, Mennonite Women USA, March/April 2009

“Foreword,” Christ Is Our Cornerstone: 100 Years at Lititz Mennonite Church, by Alice Weber Lapp, 2007, pp. 7-8.

“ ‘Kinder than the dickens’ best typifies the Amish and Forgiveness,” published in the Kalamazoo Gazette, November 2006, and Our Common Work: The Newsletter of the Fetzer Institute, fall 2006. Reprinted in Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-Based Interventions, Volume 16, Number 2, Summer 2007.

Institutional Publications

“’Demure as Dynamite,’” Crossroads. Summer, 2010. 10.

“The Dream Within the Plan,” Our Common Work: The Newsletter of the Fetzer Institute, Spring 2008.

“On Pioneering,” Our Common Work: The Newsletter of the Fetzer Institute, summer 2007.

“Hope and America’s Gulf Coast,” Our Common Work: The Newsletter of the Fetzer Institute, spring 2007.

“Being the Work,” Our Common Work: The Newsletter of the Fetzer Institute, summer 2006.

“Program Notes,” Our Common Work: The Newsletter of the Fetzer Institute, spring 2006.


“Leaving Prairie House,” GilChrist Letter, fall 2008

“A Recipe for the Present Moment,” GilChrist Newsletter, fall 2006.

 Personal Essays and Book Chapters

 “Foreword: The One-Hundredth Name for God,” A Hundred Camels: A Mission Doctor’s Sojourn and Murder Trial in Somalia, Cascadia, 2009

“Learning to Lead/Learning to Love: A Personal Journey Toward Wholeness, Journal of College &Character, (online journal) November 2005.

“How Can I Keep from Singing?,” in Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer, Jossey-Bass, 2005.

“The Role of the CEO in A Major Gifts Campaign,” published in the newsletter of the Gonser, Gerber, Tinker, Stuhr consulting group. Based on a speech delivered at a national conference of preparing for capital campaigns held at the Drake Hotel, February 6, 2004.

“The Gift of Metaphor: What a College Community is Learning from a Wonderful Surprise,” About Campus, the foremost journal for student life professionals in the U.S, March 2003.

“The Literature of Spiritual Reflection and Social Action,” Intersections: faith + life + learning (St.OlafCollege), Number Ten, fall 2000, p. 21.

“A Tale of Three Rivers: Diversity and Spirituality at GoshenCollege,” Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and a New Vision for Higher Education in America.New York: Peter Lang, 2000.

Book Reviews, listed most recent first

My blog,, includes dozens of reviews and more than 200 posts, 50,000 “hits,” and 500 comments.

A Mennonite Woman:, Dawn Ruth Nelson, Mennonite Quarterly Review.


Learning to Die in Miami, Carlos Eire, May 3, 2011, The Christian Century, 49-50.

City of Tranquil Light, Bo Caldwell, October 19, 2010, The Christian Century, 59-60.


Memory of Trees, Gayla Marty. The Christian Century. Vol. 127, No.17,August 24, 2010. 42-43.

The Steppes are the Colour of Sepia, Connie Braun, Mennonite Quarterly Review, May, 2010. Also posted online at


The Courage to Teach Palmer, Parker. and Teaching Life: Letters from a Life in Literature, Dale Salwak,  The Christian Century. December 1, 2009.

Eudory Welty: A Biography, Suzanne Marrs, The Christian Century. January 24, 2008.

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