|Literary Type: May 2008
> Two RPCVs were finalists for the 43rd annual National Magazine Awards the magazine industry’s highest honor.
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We’re happy to report that Peter Hessler did win for his piece on China. Well, one out of two ain’t bad!
> Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93) who wrote An American Affairs, a collection of stories that won the 2004 George Garret Fiction Prize has a new story, “The Boy Behind The Tree” in the April 2008 issue of The Sun. Mark lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife and two daughters, and teaches creative writing at West Virginia University. Mark is also the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala that won the Iowa Short Fiction Award in 1998. He is also winner of the 2001 Maria Thomas Fiction Award presented by Peace Corps Writes.
> Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 198991) was a recent author-in-residence at the International Community School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she gave presentations and conducted workshops.
> John Evans ( Bangladesh 199901), who was a Fulbright Hays Fellow in India and a teacher in Romania, is one of five poets (and five fiction writers) awarded the prestigious Stanford Creative Writing Program’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship. He was selected from 1,438 applicants from the United States and 15 foreign countries. Many of John’s poems reflect his extensive travel. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern and an MFA in poetry from Florida International University.
> Christopher Chan Huh (Niger 1994-97) has an essay from his forthcoming memoir on his time in Niger published in an anthology Open Windows III published by Ghost Road Press, an independent literary press based in Colorado. Check out GhostRoadPress.com. This is a first class publishing press.
> Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex that is being published in June has a short short story by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Camaroon 1965-67).
> West of Last Chance by Peter Brown and Kent Haruf (Turkey 196567) was recently published by W.W. Norton & Company. As Kent writes in his new collaboration with photographer Peter Brown, “You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn’t pretty, but it’s beautiful.”
> On June 5, Tony D’Souza (Cote d’Ivoire 200002; Madagascar 200203) will give a talk at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington. The talk which is open to the public is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Old Office Pavillion, 1st Floor 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW between 11th and 12th.