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 essay 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.

Online Publications/radio interviews

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

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

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.

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