One of two Wiebes featured in The Encyclopedia of Manitoba, Armin Wiebe is the author of four novels set in the fictional Mennonite community of Gutenthal: The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal, The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst, and Grandmother, Laughing.

His novel Tatsea, set in the Canadian subarctic of the 1760s won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.

He has also published Armin's Shorts: Little Fictions, a selection of short stories written over more than thirty years.

Armin's stage play, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz was produced by Theatre Projects Manitoba in 2011, and received enthusiastic reviews and sold out houses. A second production was mounted by Station Arts Centre in Rosthern, Saskatchewan in the summer of 2016.

His one act play, Wine and Little Breads placed first in the Rhubarb Magazine-Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre One Act Play contest and was produced by Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre in November 2014. An expanded version of the play is being considered for production.

His work is renowned for the musicality of its dialect and dialogue.

For a dozen years an instructor of creative writing at Red River College, Armin Wiebe has also served as writer-in- residence at libraries in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Dauphin, Manitoba, and the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.

Wiebe has served on the boards Prairie Fire magazine, Rhubarb magazine, The Manitoba Writers' Guild, and on the National Council of the Writers' Union of Canada. He is a member of The Manitoba Writers' Guild, The Writers' Union of Canada, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and Playwrights' Guild of Canada.

After spending six years in Whati, Northwest Territories in the 1980s, he now makes his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Email Armin Wiebe at armin@arminwiebe.ca.
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