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    Fellowships for writers at Black Mountain Institute
    Richard Wiley
    (Korea 1967–69) emailed me from Las Vegas to say that applications for fellowships for the 2009–10 school year of the Black Mountain Institute are available from their website.
         Founded in 2006, Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is an international center dedicated to advancing literary and cross-cultural dialogue. Richard is the Associate Director of the Institute. He is also the author of the novels Soldiers In Hiding (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for best American fiction and reissued in 2007 by Hawthorne Books), Fools’ Gold, Festival for Three Thousand Maidens, Indigo, and Ahmed’s Revenge. His most recent novel, Commodore Perry’s Minstrel Show, was published by the new Michener Series at the University of Texas Press in 2007. Wiley has been a member of the UNLV English Department faculty since 1989.
         A current fellow at the Black Mountain Institute is Robert Rosenberg (Kyrgyzstan 1994–96) author of This Is Not Civilization. Rosenberg is the Sonja and Michael Saltman Fellow. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Maria Thomas Fiction Award presented by Peace Corps Writers. He is currently at work on a novel set in Istanbul that explores the overlapping heritage of Jews and Armenians in the city, and he frequently contributes book reviews to The Miami Herald and The Moscow Times.  After the Peace Corps Robert  taught high school on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. A graduate of Columbia University, he received an MFA from the Iowa Writer’ Workshop, where he was awarded a Maytag Fellowship and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Bucknell University. Robert heard about this Fellowship by reading
         The nine-month award gives the Fellows $50,000, an office, and time to write. Black Mountain awards three to five fellowships each year to outstanding writers who have published at least one critically acclaimed book before the time of application. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. There are no degree requirements.
         If you qualify, (i.e. you have written a well received book) contact Black Mountain Institute. Good luck.

    In this issue
    Once again, I am amazed by the steady flow of books coming from the Peace Corps community. Overseas we were always accused of “reading too much” — well, some of us were writing! In this issue we have a list of 17 new books, 7 reviews, and more news of publications and appearances by RPCVs across the country.
         We also have a long and knowledge essay on self-publishing by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975–77). Larry is a city planner who publishes as a hobby, and so far has published six books and seven pamphlets since 1993. This essay is taken from a lecture he gave at the Fort Collins, Colorado Peace Corps reunion produced by Beet Street this past August. We also interviewed Larry about his writing and publishing. Check out “Talking With.”
         We are also publishing from the Beet Street Peace Corps Reunion the talk that Carl Pope (India 1967–69) gave: “America’s Role in a Post-American World.” Since 1992 Carl has been the Executive Director of the Sierra Club and he was kind enough to let us reprint some of his talk with RPCVs about our world and our environment.
         We have a wonderful travel essay by Kathleen Coskran, (Ethiopia 1965–67), a writer, teacher, grandmother and great friend of Peace Corps Writers. In May of 2008 she traveled to Nepal to work in a children’s home and develop curriculum for Volunteer Service in Nepal (VSN) and came home with this moving piece of prose.
         Do yourself a favor. Relax and read everything in the issue, all the reviews and the interview and essays. Then go to Amazon and buy a book by one of our writers. And in the meantime, we thank you for your past support of all Peace Corps writers and for your support of this website. Marian Beil and I are approaching 20 years of producing the Third Goal newsletter (Peace Corps Writers & Readers) and this website that is for and about Peace Corps writers who with their wonderful prose and poetry are teaching Americans everyday about the developing world which is increasingly touching and changing all our lives.

    John Coyne