Rhoda Janzen

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Rhoda Janzen is an American poet, academic and memoirist, best known for her memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.

Biography[edit source | edit]

Janzen grew up in a Mennonite household in North Dakota.[1] She earned a Ph.D. from UCLA.[2] She teaches at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.[3]

In 2006, Janzen’s husband of 15 years left her for a man, and she suffered serious injuries in car accident a few days later.[4] While on sabbatical from her teaching position,[5] she went home to her Mennonite family in Fresno, California to heal from these crises.[6] These experiences are recounted in her memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.[7]

Her second memoir will tell the story of her experiences surviving breast cancer, becoming a stepmom,[8] and attending her new husband’s Pentecostal church.[9]

In addition to her memoir, Janzen is the author of Babel’s Stair, a collection of poetry.[10]

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ “Interview: Rhoda Janzen, author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress”, Laurel Rhame, Smith, April 22, 2010.
  2. ^ “Rhoda Janzen: From Modern to Mennonite”, Andrea Sachs, Time, October 20, 2009.
  3. ^ Hope College
  4. ^ “Rhoda Janzen: From Modern to Mennonite”, Andrea Sachs, Time, October 20, 2009.
  5. ^ “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress”, Jason Zasky, Failure Magazine.
  6. ^ “The Simple Life Comes With Complications”, Cathy Horyn, The New York Times, December 2, 2009.
  7. ^ “She Did Go Home Again”, Kate Christensen, The New York Times, November 5, 2009.
  8. ^ “New Voices: Rhoda Janzen”, Carol Memmott, USA Today, 10/21/2009.
  9. ^ “Interview: Rhoda Janzen, author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress”, Laurel Rhame, Smith, April 22, 2010.
  10. ^ The Poetry Foundation

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