Elsie K. Neufeld lives on Sumas Mtn, just east of Abbotsford. In addition to writing, she teaches "Life-Stories" in a variety of places throughout the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland (mostly Hospice settings and to Seniors). She edited Half in the Sun (Ronsdale, 2006), an anthology of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry by 25 Mennonite-related writers of British Columbia including Andreas Schroeder, Patrick Friesen, Barbara Nickel, Oscar Martens and Carla Funk. "I initiated this book some three and a half years ago out of curiousity and writerly loneliness," she said, in 2006). "Who, I wondered, besides myself and a few others I knew of, were out there, somewhere in BC, writing, and also of Mennonite heritage? With the help of Internet searches, scouring literary magazine bios for ethnic Mennonite names as well as BC BookWorld's directory of BC writers, word-of-mouth, and a whole lot of determination and perseverance on my part, I located nearly fifty writers who fit that rather loose description. I contacted these people by email, invited them to participate by submitting their best writing (response was immediate and exceptionally enthusiastic!), and then, with the help of several stellar co-editors, selected 25 of the best."

Elsie K. Nuefeld's chapbook poetry collection Grief Glading Up (Abbotsford: Lipstick Press 2009) was published in a limited editon of 100 copies. $8 plus shipping

[BCBW 2009] "Mennonite"