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Raylene Hinz Penner

Morgan Hall
Rm 237
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
The University of Kansas, Bachelor of Science
The University of Kansas, Master of Arts
Wichita State University, Master of Fine Arts
Academic History

Washburn University, Lecturer, 1994 - 2012.

Bethel College, North Newton, KS, Associate Professor, English, 1976-1994.

Scholarly Interests/Activities

Creative writing:  poetry; nonfiction

Plains writing and research; Plains tribes, especially Southern Cheyenne

Current writing project:  "East of Liberal:  A Deep History of the Land" (creative nonfiction)

Service Interests/Activities

Prison Arts Instructor:  Hutchinson Correctional Facility; Lansing Correctional Facility; Topeka Correctional Facility (women)

Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church, USA

Career Accomplishments

Publication: Searching for Sacred Ground:  The Story of Chief Lawrence Hart, Mennonite (2007)

Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award, Bethel College, 1988

Arts Editor, Mennonite Life, Bethel College 

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