Archive - June 21, 2016

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Rob Schmitz (China) on NPR WNYC today, The Leonard Lopate Show
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John Sherman (Nigeria, Malawi) releases new CD of poems

Rob Schmitz (China) on NPR WNYC today, The Leonard Lopate Show

Rob Schmitz (China 1996-98) now China correspondent for APM’s Marketplace, embedded in a Shanghai neighborhood and spent time with ordinary residents who are dealing with the trials and triumphs of daily life in the city in pursuit of their dreams. In Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road, he writes about the deep relationships he formed and follows their stories to the end. Rob was on the Leonard Lopate Show.  Rob talks about how important his Peace Corps tour was in shaping his life and career. You can hear the broadcast at: www.wnyc.org/story/profiling-lives-and-aspirations-modern-shanghai/      

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John Sherman (Nigeria, Malawi) releases new CD of poems

John Sherman (Nigeria 1966–67, Malawi 1967–68) has just released his latest spoken-word CD, Home: Stories of a Childhood Told in Poems. The 32-poem CD was made possible, in part, by an Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. One of the poems, “Barefoot Meetings,” was written when John was in a meeting at Peace Corps headquarters and while serving as Africa Coordinator. Other poems were written while he was on the staff at PC/HQ in Washington, D.C., including “Flying Home from Kabul.” That poem was written on the plane over Canada, returning from a Peace Corps conference in Kabul. John has received several grants and awards for his writings, including four Individual Artist Program grants, the New Mexico Governor’s Award of Honor for Historic Preservation for the book, Santa Fe: A Pictorial History (Donning, 1983, 2nd edition 1996), and the manuscript for Marjorie Main: Rural Documentary Poetry (Mesa Verde Press, 1999). That earned him a . . .

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