In this issue
A new Friendly Agent
Creative Media Agency in New York, traditionally an agency for womens fiction and commercial fiction that boasts a list of award-winners and bestsellers, is now branching out to include writers of mainstream and literary fiction, as well as narrative and creative non-fiction.
Lisa VanAuken, a relatively new agent at CMA, and our new Friendly Agent, is eager to take on both new and established writers who have distinctive stories to tell particularly stories that bravely and honestly explore the truths of the human experience. RPCV writers will most likely have a special advantage in submitting to Lisa because she adores writing that is informed by a unique perspective.
The Ides of March, March Madness, and More
We are very pleased to be publishing five lovely, short poems about West Africa by Carrie Young (Mali 200001), an insightful and touching reminisce from Will Siegal (Ethiopia 196264) who recounts some of his adventures since leaving the Peace Corps, and from Robert Rosenberg (Kyrgyzstan 199496), who wrote about Kyrgyzstan in light of the recent uprising there. All contributions are to be found in our A Writer Writes column.
Legendary PCV/RPCV/and former Botswana Country Director, Maureen Carroll (Philippines 196163), remembers legendary early PC/W staffer, Coates Redmon, who wrote Come As You Are: The Peace Corps Story. Coates book begins in true Coates style with this sentence: I decided to write this book over poached salmon and a glass of white wine at the Jean-Pierre restaurant on K Street in Washington, D.C. April 1975.
For this issue Terez Rose (Gabon 198587) both interviewed Elizabeth Letts (Morocco 198386) and also reviewed her new book, Quality of Care, a novel that has been selected as an alternate selection for the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Rhapsody Book Club. The two women met on the Internet.
Our War and Peace Corps essay comes from Charlie Ipcar (Ethiopia 196568) who explains how African amoebas kept him out of the war.
Besides all that, we have 12 (a new record) reviews of new books , a listing of 18 recently published books, and in Literary Type news about RPCV writers from Honolulu to Lome to Beijing, and an announcement on a novel about golfing with God. The Literary Type column alone is worth the read, but it is the whole March issue, in our opinion, that is truly valuable, and Im no Aprils Fool. Click the mouse and youll see.