Published Memoir Essays and Opinion Pieces

National publications:

A Better Way to Say I’m Retired, Forbes, Jan. 10, 2017

Next Avenue: “A Better Way to Say I’m Retired” Jan. 10, 2017

Fifteen book reviews for The Christian Century are located here


“A Birthday Letter to Hillary Clinton,” October 24, 2016, The Minneapolis Star

 “Exhibit doesn’t tell people how to think; it invites them to think,” Kalamazoo Gazette, Oct. 17, 2010, A9.

“ ‘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.


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:

September, 2013, guest essay on Marion Roach Smith’s blog:

Writing Lessons: Reporting From a Subculture, with Shirley Hershey Showalter


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.”


Religious Publications

“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.