Politics and Prose, the amazing D.C. bookstore, will have a booth at the Hotel Washington and will be selling the books of Peace Corps writers during the conference.
If you would like to have your books sold at the booth, please send me at firstname.lastname@example.org the title, publisher, year, and ISBN # of your books. I will forward this information onto Politics and Prose.
If you are not coming to the conference, but would like to have your books sold, please send me the same information.
If you are published by a small press, or self-published, please forward that information as well. I cannot, however, guarantee (sorry) that P&P will be able to order your books. If you wish to bring books with you to have P&P sell them for you, please let me know by email and Ill check to see if they will do that favor for you.
The bookstore told me that they would need four weeks to insure that they have your book on hand, so dont forget to let me know.
If you are a published writer who is reading, and you would like to sign copies of your books, we will arrange for you to so immediately after your reading. Write to me at email@example.com if you would like to have a signing.
Writers panels & panelists at the NPCA Conference
The writing panels have been set for the Conference. Listed below are the panels and the 42 panel members who have been kind enough to participate during the conference. I am pleased to say that the panelists come from a range of countries-of-service and span the four decades of the Peace Corps. The panel workshops will be from Friday afternoon through most of Saturday. The panels will take place in two different rooms. At the moment, no two panels will be held at the same time.
The Peace Corps Communications Office will be filming some of the panels. I dont know which ones they wish to film, however. Also, World Wise Schools will interview a number of panelists about writing and teaching.
The panels are:
The Peace Corps Novel as Literature
Poetry from the Peace Corps Experience
Travel Now, Write Later
Write! Edit! Publish!
Writing about the Environment
Writing Children's Books
Writing Your Peace Corps Story
Working with Words
The panelists are:
Hayward Allen (Ethiopia 196264)
David Arnold (Ethiopia 196466)
Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 196264)
Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 199193)
Craig J. Carrozzi (Colombia 197880)
Peter Chilson (Niger 198587)
Chris Conlon (Botswana 198890)
Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 196567)
John Coyne (Ethiopia 196264)
Karen DeWitt (Ethiopia 196668)
Patricia Edmisten (Peru 196264)
David Espey (Morocco 196264)
Robert E. Gribbin (Kenya 196870)
Kathy Karlson (Togo 196971)
Geraldine Kennedy (Liberia 196264)
Chuck Kleymeyer (Peru 196668)
Margy Burns Knight (Benin 197677)
Charles Larson (Nigeria 196264)
Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 196264)
Joyce Lombardi (Chad 199395)
William McNally (Peru 196466)
Sandra Meek (Botswana 198991)
Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 196365)
Ann Neelon (Senegal 197879)
Maureen Orth (Colombia 196466)
Meredith Pike-Baky (Togo 1971-73)
Carolyn Hamilton Proctor (Suriname 19992001)
Pat Reilly (Liberia 197275)
Susan Rich (Niger 198486)
Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Brazil 196466)
P. David Searles (PC/D Philippines 197174, PC/W 197576)
Mishelle Shepard (Czech Republic 199496)
Kitty Thuermer (Mali 197779)
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 196567)
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 198990)
Margaret Szumowski (Zaire and Ethiopia 197375)
David A. Taylor (Mauritania, 198385)
Mike Tidwell (Zaire 198587)
Jim Toner (Sri Lanka 198890)
Richard Wiley (Korea 196769)
John Woods (Ethiopia 196568)
Simone Zelitch (Hungary 199193)
In This Issue
A Writer Writes
Barbara Carey went to India in 1966 with her first husband, came home and raised two children, went through a divorce, and ran her own adoption agency for 15 years. After remarrying in 1990, she moved with her new husband to Seattle and together they started a software company. Two years ago, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she retired from that company.
Her illness has given her, she says, a much sharper focus on life and helped me make good choices of how I spend my time. Today, she is involved with paddling on a dragon boat team, hiking, walking, playing tennis and golf, and snow shoeing and skiing in the winter. She has also continued to follow her love of languages, earned a masters degree in English as a Second Language along the way, and is learning French, Spanish, and some Chinese. But most of the time she has spent writing childrens books and songs, both prompted by her growing number of grandchildren.
Barbara also spent time writing about a trip she took in November of 1998 thirty years after leaving India when she flew with her husband to Bombay, and then traveled by train to her Peace Corps site. In this issue, Barbara retells the account of her touching and dramatic homecoming to the village and the friends she had left behind. I had no idea what to expect, she writes, and as the train moved slowly through the afternoon heat, passing lush fields and towns crowded with noise, people, color, and life, she began to reflect on the people she had known, wondering how and if she would find them when they arrived. Read in A Writer Writes what this RPCV found when she reached her village.
Talking With Poets
I talked (via email) with six poets, all of who will be in Washington, D.C. for the NPCA Conference and participating in our Poetry from the Peace Corps Experience panel. This interview focuses on some basic questions of how and why a person writes poetry. The poets are Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 199193), Chris Conlon (Botswana 198890), Sandra Meek (Botswana 198991), Ann Neelon (Senegal 19781979). Susan Rich (Niger 198486), and Margaret Szumowski (Zaire and Ethiopia 197375),
Alice Flynn Fitzpartrick (Botswana 198789) joined the Peace Corps after her last daughter had gone off to college. Her letter was written for her class reunion at The College of New Rochelle and is a reflective piece about how the Peace Corps experience changed the way she looks at life, and how it also changed her life.
And more . . .
Besides all of that, we have Recently Published Books, and five book reviews. Read . . .