The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award

 

living-poor-150THE PEACE CORPS EXPERIENCE AWARD was initiated in 1992, and it has been presented annually to a Peace Corps Volunteer or staff member, past or present for the best depiction of life in the Peace Corps — be it daily life, project assignment, travel, host country nationals, other Volunteers, readjustment. Initially entries were short works including: personal essay, story, novella, poem, letter, cartoon, or song.

In 1997, this award was renamed to honor Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965–67) whose Living Poor has been widely cited as an outstanding telling of the essence of the Peace Corps experience, and beginning in 2009 memoirs are also considered for The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award.

Awards are presented to books published during the previous year.

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 these annual writers awards.

The winners of The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award are —

 

2019

The Vodka Diaries: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Adventures in Russia
(memoir)
Richard Sayette (Russian Far East 1994–95)

 

2018

Walled In, Walled Out: A Young American Woman in Iran
(memoir)
Mary Dana Marks (Iran 1964–66)

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2017

Journey to the Heart of the Condor:
Love, Loss and Survival in a South American Dictatorship
(memoir)
Emily Creigh (Paraguay 1975-77) and Dr. Martín Almada

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2016

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Marrying Santiago
(memoir)
Suzanne Adam (Colombia 1964–66)

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2015

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At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir
(memoir)
by Janet Givens (Kazakhstan 2004–06)

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2014

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História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands
(memoir)
Eleanor Stanford (Cape Verde 1998–2000)
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2013

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Through the Eyes of My Children: The Adventures of a Peace Corps Volunteer Family
(memoir)
Frances Stone (Philippines 1971–73)

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2012

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Out in the All of It
(memoir)

Chris Honoré (Colombia 1967–69)

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2011

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When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale
(memoir)
Matthew J. Davis (Mongolia 2000–2002)

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2009

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Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with The Peace Corps in Honduras
(memoir)
Barbara E. Joe (Honduras 2000-03)

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Kitchen Diplomacy
(an essay)
by Kristin Ruger (Kazahkstan 2005–07)

2008

Second Time Around
(an essay)
by Kathleen Johnson Coskran (Ethiopia 1964–67)

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2007

Maid in Morocco
(an essay)
by Orin K. Hargraves (Morocco 1980–82)

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2006

The Rainy Season in Guatemala
(an essay)
by Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000–02)

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2005

The Things I Gave Her
(essay)
by Lisa Kahn Schnell (Ghana 1998–2000)

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2004

Peace Corps Was
(essay)
by Peg Clement (Tunisia 1975–77)

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2003

The Last Ride
(essay)
by Elise Annunziata (Senegal 1996–99)

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2002

Thirty Years Later
(essay)

by Barbara Carey (India 1966–68)

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2001

Telling Time
(essay)
by Katherine Jamieson (Guyana 1996–98)

 

1999

White
(essay)
by Lynn Marshall (Mali 1997–99)

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1998

Water
(essay)
by Rachel Schneller (Mali 1996–98)

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1997

Innocence Melts Obstinacy
(essay)
by Leita Kaldi (Senegal 1993–96)

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1996

To Peel Potatoes
(essay)
by John P. Deever (Ukraine 1993–95)

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1995

Better Remember This
(essay)
by Meg Sullivan (Kenya 1992–94)

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1994

The Ballroom
(essay)
by Christopher Conlon (Botswana 1988–90)

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1993

Broken English
(essay)
by Greg Horn (New Guinea 1991–92)

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1992

Development is Down This Road
(essay)
by Abigail Calkins Aguirre (Cameroon 1987–90)

 

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