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Second Prize Peace Corps Fund Awards: “Samarkand Calling” by Beatrice Hogan (Uzbekistan)
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Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996) in NYTIMES

Second Prize Peace Corps Fund Awards: “Samarkand Calling” by Beatrice Hogan (Uzbekistan)

  Beatrice Hogan served in the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uzbekistan (1992-94), and in 2001, returned to the region as an International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellow. She’s worked as a book editor, a radio reporter, and a magazine researcher, and her work has appeared in More, Business 2.0 and Marie Claire, among other publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia. • Samarkand Calling WE WERE IN UZBEKISTAN, heading for Bukhara, an historic city about four hours outside Samarkand, when a soldier flagged down our car with a white baton. My husband and I stared at each other nervously as our driver pulled into the checkpoint. I was in Central Asia on a month-long journalism fellowship; Kevin had come along as my photographer. The soldier demanded our passports and disappeared into a roadside shack. I realized that . . .

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Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996) in NYTIMES

Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996) wrote a review of Green on Blue by Elliot Ackerman in the New York Times Book Review Section, Sunday, March 1, 2015. In the review of this novel that is set in Afghanistan, Bissell writes: “I pondered my own brief 2001 excursion in Afghanistan, among Northern Alliance guerrillas with whom I could speak a bit thanks to my Peace Corps Uzbek.” Tom was a PCV for seven months in Uzbekistan before he ETed. In 2001, or thereabouts, Bissell convinced a magazine to send him back to Central Asia to investigate the Aral Sea’s destruction. There, he joins forces with a young Uzbek named Rustam, and together they make their often wild way through the ancient cities–Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara. Out of this experience came his nonfiction book, Chasing the Sea Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia. He has also written a collection of short . . .

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