||Peace Corps Writers May 2002
Announcing the 2002 writing awards
We are pleased to announce this years awards from Peace Corps Writers & Readers. The awards will be given out at the NPCA Conference in Washington, D.C., at the Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 21. Congratulations to all the winners.
Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award
River Town Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler (China 199698)
Maria Thomas Fiction Award
Field Observations by Rob Davidson (Grenada 199092)
Award for Best Poetry Book
I Want This World by Margaret Szumonwki (Zaire 197374, Ethiopia 197475)
Award for Best Travel Writing
Lonely Planet Bangkok by Joe Cummings (Thailand 197778)
Award for Best Childrens Writing
Jubela by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 197375, Kenya 197576, Seychelles 197678)
The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award
Thirty Years Later by Barbara Carey (India 196668)
In This Issue
A Writer Writes presents poems by two newly discovered (by us) poets from our growing body of Peace Corps poets. Steve Horowitz was a PCV in Iran from 1968 to 1971, and Eugenia Hepworth Jenson was with the fifth group to Ukraine and served from 1995 to 1997.
Our Talking With . . . subject is Jerome Pohlen who went from Notre Dame to West Africa to writing books about odd ball information on midwest states. We interviewed him recently about his guidebook series published by Chicago Review Press where he is an editor.
The Letter Home comes from a new collection of letters, To Africa with Spatula, written by Jane Baker Lotter, the wife of Peace Corps/Malawi Director Will Lotter.
Dan Close sent us a folk tale from Ethiopia, which was written for him in one of his English classes in 1967. Dan tells us, While some of the folk stories were recognizable as having crossed many national and cultural borders, I have never seen any story anywhere else which parallels this one.
Also in this issue is another literary essay on Peace Corps writing linking them via a literary bridge to the expatriate writers in Europe during the 1920s. Our travel pieces is by Patricia Edmisten who recently visited Cuba and gives us her impressions. And also, as always, we have Recently Published Books and Literary Talk.
See you at the NPCA Conference. In the mean time, we have some terrific reading for you.