Poetry from the Peace Corps Experience:
A workshop presented at the Peace Corps 40th Anniversary Conference

Saturday 10:15–11:15 am, Hotel Washington

Other workshops presented by Peace Corps Writers at the 40th Conference:

The Peace Corps Novel as Literature

Publishing Translations

Travel Now, Write Later

Write! Edit! Publish!

Writing about the Environment

Writing Children's Books

Writing On-Line

Writing Your Peace Corps Story

Working with Words

No experience is wasted on a writer, especially a poet. How do RPCV poets use the material that they have gained from the Peace Corps experience? Where do they publish their Peace Corps poems?
Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991–93) has had poems published in The Sun, Notre Dame Review, Atlanta Review, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, the Bryant Literary Review and other literary magazines. He is the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and Steal My Heart, a novel; and he teaches fiction and poetry workshops at West Virginia University.
Chris Conlon (Botswana 1988–90) is the author of the chapbook A Stained Dawn: Poems About Africa. He is a past recipient of the Peace Corps Experience Award and lives in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Sandra Meek (Botswana 1989–91) is the author of The Circumference of Arrival, and an assistant professor of English at Berry College in Georgia.

Ann Neelon (Senegal 1978–1979) is the author of Easter Vigil, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and the 1997 RPCV Writers & Readers Poetry Award. She teaches creative writing at Murray State University in Murray, KY.

Susan Rich (Niger 1984–86) is the author of The Cartographer’s Tongue: Poems of the World, winner of the PEN USA West 2001 poetry award. Rich teaches creative writing at Highline College in Seattle, Washington.

Margaret Szumowski (Zaire and Ethiopia 1973–75) is the author of the chapbook, Ruby’s Café, and a full-length collection, I Want This World.

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