Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Though her literary reputation is based primarily on her work as a poet, Julia Kasdorf (KAHZ-dohrf) has written a biography and a collection of essays. In The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life—Essays and Poems (2001), which contains ten essays interspersed with poetry and photographs, Kasdorf explores connections between her faith, her gender, and her poetry. Kasdorf’s Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American (2003) is a biography of the Mennonite prophet who authored Rosanna of the Amish, a work about an Irish Catholic child raised by an Amish woman. Kasdorf and Joshua R. Brown edited Rosanna of the Amish when it was republished in 2008. She and Michael Tyrell edited the poetry anthology Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (2007).