Archive - September 2009

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Review: New Book of Poems by Florence Chard Dacey
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RPCV writer and historian Merrill Peterson Dies
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Review: Memoir of Colombia RPCV Paul Arfin
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Review: RPCV David A. Taylor's book on the WPA Writers' Project
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Glimpse Magazine Is Looking For A Few Good RPCV Travel Writers
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Review: Images of America — Platte County
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Writing Fellowships At Black Mountain Institute Of UNLV
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RPCV Nathan Fitch's photo show
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Caddying For Arnold Palmer Before He Was A King
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E-Chapbook By Ghana RPCV Edward Mycue

Review: New Book of Poems by Florence Chard Dacey

Ecuador RPCV Marnie Mueller is the author of Green Fires, which won the 1995 Maria Thomas Fiction Award and an American Book Award.  Her other novels are The Climate of the Country and My Mother’s Island. The latter has been optioned for a feature film, the screenplay of which, she has signed on to write.   She has recently completed a new novel, Don’t Think Twice.  Here she reviews: Rock Worn By Water by Florence Chard Dacey (Nigeria 1963–65) Austin: Plain View Press March 2009 77 pages $14.20 Reviewed by Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963–65) Florence Chard Dacey had endeared herself to me before I even opened her book for review. Take note, fellow writers! Her accompanying letter was exemplary in its restraint, simply stating the facts of publication (date, price, and ISBN) and that she as a former volunteer would like her collection to be listed and considered for review on . . .

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RPCV writer and historian Merrill Peterson Dies

Merrill D. Peterson (Armenia 1997-99)  Professor of History (Emeritus) at the University of Virginia and the editor of the prestigious Library of America edition of the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and who wrote several books on Jefferson, including the acclaimed 1970s biography Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation died on September 23, 2009. He was 88. In his lifetime he wrote 37 books, including one based on his Peace Corps tour, Starving Armenians: America and the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1930 and After.” Peterson joined the Peace Corps at the age of 76. In addition to his contributions to the University through teaching and chairing the history department, Peterson also served as the College’s dean of faculty for four years. In an article in the University’s Cavalier Daily, History Prof. Charles McCurdy said Peterson was an “intellectual historian,” but also praised his humility.”[He was] the greatest historian on the Virginia faculty in . . .

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Review: Memoir of Colombia RPCV Paul Arfin

Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo by Paul Arfin, self-published with BookSurge in August, is reviewed here by Honduras RPCV Barbara E. Joe, author of Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras, selected as Best Peace Corps Memoir of 2008 by Peace Corps Writers and Best New Non-Fiction Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards. Barbara works as a Spanish interpreter, translator, and freelance writer in Washington, DC. • Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo by Paul Arfin (Colombia 1963–65) BookSurge August 2009 378 pages $17.99 Reviewed by Barbara Joe (Honduras 2000–03) In Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo by Paul Arfin, I looked forward to becoming reacquainted with Colombia, where I’d spent two teenage years. This book, however, turned out to be more autobiography than Peace Corps memoir. Peace Corps service is often valuable in shaping young people’s future. For Arfin, this pattern held true. While the author . . .

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Review: RPCV David A. Taylor's book on the WPA Writers' Project

John Woods is president of CWL Publishing Enterprises. He has worked in book publishing since 1970 and recently worked on Making the Good Life Last: 4 Keys to Sustainable Living by Michael A. Schuler (Berrett-Koehler). He was a Volunteer in Ethiopia from 1965 to 1968. His son Christopher Woods was a PCV in Kazakhstan from 1996 to 1998. Here John reviews Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America by David A. Taylor. • Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America by David A. Taylor (Mauritania 1983–85) Wiley February 2009 272 pages $27.95 Reviewed by John Woods (Ethiopia 1965–68) Imagine in this current economic travail if one of President Obama’s initiatives was to fund a project where out-of-work writers were employed to create travel and cultural guides to every state and several major cities in the United States. I’m pretty sure the right . . .

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Glimpse Magazine Is Looking For A Few Good RPCV Travel Writers

Glimpse is seeking applicants for its Spring 2010 Correspondents Program. Supported in part by National Geographic Society, The Correspondents Program is for especially talented young adults (aged 18–34) specializing in writing or photography. Correspondents receive a $600 stipend, a professional editor, career training in writing and photography, guaranteed publication on Glimpse.org, and potential publication in National Geographic platforms. The application deadline is November 1. For more information, visit: http://glimpse.org/correspondents.

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Review: Images of America — Platte County

Images of America — Platte County is reviewed by Lawrence F. Lihosit, whose latest book, Whispering Campaign, includes short stories from Mexico and Central America. Published by iUniverse, it will be available at Amazon.com by November 1st. • Images of America: Platte County by Starley Talbott (South Africa 2001) Arcadia Publishing August 2009 128 pages $21.99 Reviewed by Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras, 1975–77) Images in America: Platte County is a history book. It could be described as a photo essay but it is more than that. This is about the people, places and activities from the 1800s until 1965 that defined Platte County, Wyoming. The history of its changing cultural geography begins with homesteaders riding a trail parallel to the North Platte River in the later portion of the 19th century and ends with abandoned Atlas missile silos south of Chugwater in the 1960s. The black and white photographs are . . .

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Writing Fellowships At Black Mountain Institute Of UNLV

Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will offer from two to five nine-month fellowships for the academic year 2010-11 to published writers and public intellectuals. Fellowships will be awarded to candidates whose work ranges away from the American experience and into international terrain, and who have an ongoing project that would benefit from a period of sustained immersion. Fellows receive $50,000, a computer-equipped office, and access to UNLV’s Lied Library. They are required to participate in a public forum and take part in Black Mountain Institute’s programs. RPCV Richard Wiley (Korea 1967-69) is the Associate Director.  Wiley is 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 . . .

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RPCV Nathan Fitch's photo show

RPCV Photographer Nathan Fitch (Micronesia 2004–06) works as the studio manager for a National Geographic photographer, and is also a photographer with a brilliant new show —  “Double Vision” — that is currently at AS220’s Main Gallery, 115 Empire St. in Providence, Rhode Island. Nathan writes, “The “Double Vision” show came out of my interest in working with people with disabilities and in the arts.” A while back Nathan was looking for an organization with which to do some volunteering when he found Top Drawer Art Center, a nonprofit visual art center providing art programs for adults with developmental disabilities. By chance they had a part time job they needed to be filled. During the nine months he spent at Top Drawer he took photographs of the adults as they worked, and he started thinking that a show might evolve from the photos. “Rather than only having my outside perspective . . .

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Caddying For Arnold Palmer Before He Was A King

Neil Sagebiel, the editor of the wonderful blog Armchair Golfer just published this short piece I wrote for him on Arnold Palmer. Here it is, story about the King. The iconic Palmer brought golf to the masses (and breakfast table). By John Coyne Special to ARMCHAIR GOLF GOLF MAGAZINES THIS PAST month were filled with remembrances of Arnold Palmer on the occasion of his 80th birthday. I read Boo Weekley’s account in the September 14, 2009 issue of Golf World about how Arnie said he always signed an autograph so people could read it. It reminded me of seeing Palmer at the PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club back in the ’70s. Arnold was coming into the press room for an interview and was stopped by a 10-year-old for an autograph, and I watched as he carefully wrote out his full name for the young boy. However, the best story . . .

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E-Chapbook By Ghana RPCV Edward Mycue

Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks announced the publication of I AM A FACT, NOT A FICTION, an e-chapbook by Edward Mycue (Ghana 1961). Read and enjoy his wildly imaginative poetry at www.echapbook.com/poems/mycue. Wordrunner had a booth at the 10th annual Sonoma County Book Festival on Saturday, September 19 in Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa ( www.socobookfest.org).  Ed Mycue was  there with copies of Mindwalking 1937-2007 (Philos Press, 2008) to autograph.

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