|Literary Type 1/2004
Indianapolis Monthly magazine, in its annual Best of Indianapolis issue (December 2003), chose War Stories: A Memoir of Nigeria and Biafra by John Sherman (Nigeria 196667; Malawi 196768; PC staff: W 197071, 197577; Ghana 197173) for the sole recipient of the category, Book By A Hoosier Author for 2003. The book details Shermans experiences with the Peace Corps and the Red Cross during the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s. This book, published by Mesa Verde Press, is available in Nigeria, from Francis Van-Lare Bookshop in Ikeja (a Lagos suburb), and online from them as well at www.vanlare.com.
Paul Karrer (Western Samoa 197880) has two stories in the recently published collection Open My Eyes, Open My Soul. Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Muhamad Ali, among others, are also in the collection. Paul was a Peace Corps Volunteer science teacher in Samoa and has taught in Korea, England, Connecticut and American Samoa. He has published over one-hundred articles and short stories including five in the Chicken Soup series. In the Santa Cruz area he can be heard reading his short stories each month on radio station KUSP (88.9 FM). He currently teaches 5th-graders in Castroville, California and lives in Monterey.
Peter Hessler (China 199698) published a profile of basketball great Yao Ming in the December 1, 2003 issue of The New Yorker. Hessler, who lives in Beijing, writes of Yao Mings journey from China to the N.B.A., and back home again after his rookie season with the Houston Rockets.
Charles Michener (Ethiopia 196264), a former senior editor at The New Yorker (and Peter Hesslers editor there), is now the classical-music columnist for the New York Observer. Michener also had a piece, The Soul Singer, in the January 5, 2004 issue of The New Yorker on American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
David Reene (Poland 199496) published two new short stories during 2003 Senegalese Sky appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of the literary magazine Potpourri, and won the Herman B. Swafford prize, Potpourri s best short fiction of the year award.
Noted Washingtonian photographer, Shawn Daviss (Mali 199698; Crisis Corps/Guinea 1999) photo essay on Josephs House AIDS Hospice in D.C. was the cover story for the December 12, 2003 issue of Washington City Paper. This January Shawn is in Africa, returning for the first time in five years on a photo assignment. To view his work, go to shawndavisphoto.com.
The influence of RPCV writers continues.
Charlene Caprio (Poland 199799) invites Peace Corps readers to visit and writers to contribute to her online magazine on cultures and subcultures, Szirine, at www.szirine.com. Szirine's mission is to bring to the English speaking world cultures and subcultures, and good writing that do not usually receive attention in mass media. Currently, Szirine is being viewed in over 20 countries, and their readership and writing staff continues to expand across borders.
Christopher Conlon (Botswana 198890) has published The Silver Farmer, an online chapbook of a 10-poem sequence, all of which are Holocaust-related. You can access a .pdf file of The Silver Farmer at Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry www.tmpoetry.com. Go to Chapbooks>Christopher Conlon>The Silver Farmer.
At a time when books arent selling (does anyone read anymore?) Sarah Edmans (Cote D'Ivoire 19982000) Nine Hills to Nambonkaha has gone back for a third printing, and continues to sell, her editors says, at healthy levels.
A new YA book, Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America, edited by Jane Kurtz has just been published by Greenwillow Books. This collection of 15 stories by American, Africans and African-Americans has two stories by RPCVs. What I Did on My Summer Safari by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 198990) and Into the Maghreb by Lindsey Clark (Morocco 200203).
Kendra Lachniet (Paraguay 199294) wrote an article about her experiences on buses in Paraguay during her Peace Corps service called Life in the On-Coming Lane. It is included in the collection published by Travelers' Tales in October 2003 called Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure.
Photographer Bill Owens (Jamaica 196466), author of Suburbia, Our Kind of People, and Working, is offering a week-long course in Documentary Photography: The Modern Digital Technique from May 29June 5, 2004 at Latitude, a unique cultural center in the idyllic Lot Valley of southwest France. This is not a course for "art" photographers.
This month both the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune announced that Imagine a House: A Journey to Fascinating Houses Around the World by Angela Gustafson (Dominican Republic 199496) has been nominated for a Minnesota Book Award under two categories: (1) Children's Nonfiction and (2) New Voice. This book for young children is published by Out of the Box Press in Minneapolis. It blends together architecture, people and geography, showcasing twenty-two types of dwellings used by fifteen diverse cultures.