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General Information

Name:  Jeff Gundy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1952 in Flanagan, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Gundy was born in 1952 on a farm near Flanagan, Illinois. He has judged poetry manuscripts for the Illinois Arts Council.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gundy was born in 1952 on a farm near Flanagan, Illinois. In 1975 he graduated from Goshen College with a degree in English, and did masters work in creative writing and a doctorate in American literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. After teaching for four years at Hesston College in Kansas, since 1984 he has been at Bluffton College, where he is a Professor of English and former chair of the English/Language department.

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A community of memory :
ISBN: 0252064968. OCLC Number: 32276315

University of Illinois Press,. .

Using family photos, records, recollections, and historical research, Gundy follows seven generations through time and space: from Bavaria and Alsace to Ohio to Illinois in the 1830s; from frontier dwellings with dirt floors to homes with refrigerators.

Rhapsody with dark matter /
ISBN: 0933087659. OCLC Number: 45756963

Bottom Dog Press,. .

Scattering point :
ISBN: 0791456579. OCLC Number: 55217048

State University of New York Press,. .

"Part Memoir, part family history, part meditation on history and the present, this work of creative nonfiction allows Jeff Gundy to ask what it should mean to "live in the world but not of it," as the traditional Mennonite saying recommends. As Scattering Point moves through time and space, it repeatedly questions how a modern, assimilated Mennonite poet and professor might live with some kind of fidelity to his tradition and to the promises and griefs of contemporary life." "Scattering Point takes its title from Scattering Point Creek, which has its source on the author's family farm in Illinois. This book explores that place while also ranging widely from it and the Amish and Mennonites who have been associated with the area for nearly the last century. It traverses the Illinois prairie to churches and caves in Europe and incorporates family stories, soil geology, the architecture of cathedrals and churches, reflections on depression, and Mennonite martyrdoms and schisms. Scattering Point speaks of the great questions of history and religion, the quiet lives of Amish and Mennonite men and women whose histories are almost forgotten, and of our lives today." "Readers of all backgrounds will see something of themselves in Jeff Gundy who writes, "I must admit it: I do love this world, and, many, though not all, of the things in it," and whose quest is always for understanding that will allow us to "go back into the world more able to undertake the difficult work of loving it as we should.""--Jacket.

Walker in the fog :
ISBN: 1931038260. OCLC Number: 57193525

Cascadia Pub. House ;. .