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40th Anniversary Conference
Read, Sell, Sign
We have received a tremendous response from writers interested in reading at the NPCAs Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Peace Corps September 20 to 23. The readings 10 minutes long will be on Friday and Saturday of the Conference at the Hotel Washington. The readings will be staged in the main lobby of the hotel. While it will be slightly noisy (the bar is nearby), we will have a podium and microphone and a special section with comfortable sofas for the audience. The number of available reading slots is now limited and once they are filled there is no guarantee that you will have the opportunity to read about your amazing overseas experience. If you would like to celebrate the Peace Corps 40th anniversary in Washington, DC from September 2023 by reading something you wrote, please contact Joe Kovacs at: Joe Kovacs@hotmail.com.
Please send him the following information:
- Your country and years of service.
- A one- or two-sentence description of yourself that you would like to have read by way of introduction.
- By post, send a copy of the material you will read to Joe at:
The Woodner, 3636 16th Street, NW, Apt. A909
Washington, DC 20010
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 41 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 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.
With one exception, we have been able to schedule the panels so that they dont overlap, so try to attend as many as possible they have terrific panelists with great experience to address issues important to writers. Click on the panel names for the details about each:
The Peace Corps Novel as Literature
Friday 1:002:00 pm, Woodrow Wilson Center
Write! Edit! Publish!
Friday, 2:303:30 pm, Woodrow Wilson Center
Writing Your Peace Corps Story
Friday, 3:304:30 pm, Woodrow Wilson Center
Writing Children's Books
Saturday, 9:0010-00 am, Hotel Washington
Saturday, 11:00 am12:00 noon, Hotel Washington
Poetry from the Peace Corps Experience
Saturday 10:1511:15 am, Hotel Washington
Saturday, 11:30 am12:30 pm, Hotel Washington
Writing about the Environment
Saturday, 12:451:45 pm, Hotel Washington
Working with Words
Saturday, 2:003:00 pm, Hotel Washington
Travel Now, Write Later
Saturday, 2:003:30 pm, Mall Tent
The panelists are:
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 . . .