Publisher’s Special Award


The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution
Juana Bordas (Chile 1964–1966)


Publisher’s Special Award


When the World Calls
The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years

Stanley Meisler (Staff: Peace Corps/Washington 1964–67)



2012 Peace Corps Collection Award

For editing the definitive Peace Corps Experience series

50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories
Jane Albritton (India 1967–69), collection editor


One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume One: Africa

Aaron Barlow (Togo 1988–90), editor


Gather the Fruit One by One:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories (Vol. 2: The Americas)

Pat Alter (Paraguay 1970–72)
, editor


A Small Key Opens Big Doors:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories, Volume 3 — The Heart of Eurasia

Jay Chen (Kazakhstan 2005–08), editor


Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth:
50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories, Vol 4: Asia and the Pacific)

Jane Albritton (India 1967–69), editor



Advancing the Mission Award


Being First: An Information History of the Early Peace Corps
Robert Klein (Ghana 1961–63, 1974–74)




For his landmark Suburbia series

Bill Owens (Jamaica 1964–66)



our-kindOur Kind of People: American Groups and Rituals





IN 1972 BILL OWENS PUBLISHED a collection of photographs on suburbia entitled Suburbia. In this cult classic book photographer Owens acted as an anthropologist objectively documenting suburban inhabitants, their native environs, and their daily rituals. By pairing the images with quotes made by the subjects, Owens created a hilarious and absurd account of life in the suburbs. A life that included Tupperware parties, backyard barbecues, and going to the hairdresser.

Last year Owens published the fourth and final volume in his landmark Suburbia series [Suburbia (1973; 1999), Our Kind Of People (1975), Working (1977), and Leisure (2004)]. In his introduction to Leisure, photographer Gregory Crewdson writes:

Owens’ photographs belong to an American aesthetic tradition of art that explores the intersection of everyday life and theatricality. Like the paintings of Edward Hopper, the photographs of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, and the short stories of John Cheever and Raymond Carver, Owens’ photographs find unexpected beauty and mystery within the American vernacular.

While most RPCVs take photos, Owens has made it an art form. It is true that one of Bill’s photographs is worth a thousand words. And for that, and for his genius in capturing the host country nationals (HCNs) of America, Peace Corps Writers presents Bill Owens its first Award for Artistic Merit for his career in documenting on film the America society that created the Peace Corps.


To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, click on the book cover or the bold book title — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance
that will help support our annual writers awards.