I mentioned Ann Neelon (Senegal 1978-79) last week and her publication, New Madrid, when I wrote about the AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. I want to go back to Ann and her literary magazine as there are two more connections to the Peace Corps.

(By the way, New Madrid(pronounced New Mad-drid) takes it name from the New Madrid seismic zone, which falls within the central Mississippi Valley and extends through western Kentucky. Between 1811 and 1812, four earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 7.0 struck this region, changing the course of the Mississippi River, creating Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee and ringing church bells as far away as Boston.)  

That all said, Ann invites submissions of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction for her literary journal. Your work should be sent directly (and only online) to the Submission Manager. Go to their website: www.newmadridjournal.org for details.

In the issue of New Madrid (Winter 2010) the theme is: The Dynamics of Poverty and Wealthand Ann publishes a piece by John Teschner (Kenya 2003-05) who is currently a Peace Corps Fellow in the MFA program at Georgia College & State Univeristy. This essay, entitled “Sustainable Aid,” is part of his Peace Corps memoir, Kajiado

The photo on the jacket of this winter issue, as well as the back cover photo, are done by Richard R. Sitler (Jamaica 2000-02). Richard is a wonderful photojournalist and has devoted himself for the last several years to traveling the world taking photos of PCVs at work. His plan is to create a documentary  photo/essay book to mark the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. If you want to help out Richard with $$$ for this project, email him at: RichS85@yahoo.com.

It’s a wise and worthy contribution!