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Words Create Worlds is a collection of poems that span the life of the author, Ada Jo Mann, who grew up in Detroit, Michigan and who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad from 1967-69. Her Peace Corps service led to a career in international development which took her to many countries around the world where she focused on building strong communities and organizations using a strength-based approach to change called “Appreciative Inquiry.”
Upon the author’s retirement, she began taking courses at the independent bookstore, Politics and Prose, in Washington, DC. As a participant in the Poetry Circle she was inspired to try her hand at writing poetry and this collection of her poems was the result. In addition to the international focus of her poems, the author writes about memories of growing up and the impact of nature on her daily life.
Land Between Two Waters: The Peace Corps Fourteen Years in Iran 1962–1976
Genna Stead Wangsness (Iran 1965–67, Iran staff 1967)
Peace Corps Writers
Peace Corps history
Land Between Two Waters is a two-volume, chronological history of the fourteen years Peace corps volunteers served in the Middle East country of Iran from 1962 to 1976l.
Over 50 groups followed them, bringing more than 1700 volunteers to work alongside everyday Iranians. There were successes. There wore disappointments. Along the way, driven by curiosity and an impulse for service, they gained a broader understanding of the world and themselves.
The PCIA (Peace Corps Iran Association) historian spent ten years researching and writing this chronological account of the 14 years of Peace Corps’ service in Iran.
The Showgirl and the Writer: A Friendship Forged in the Aftermath of the Japanese American Incarceration
by Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65)
Peace Corps Writers
The Showgirl and the Writer: A Friendship Forged in the Aftermath of the Japanese American Incarceration, by Marnie Mueller, is a hybrid memoir/biography. It encompasses Mueller’s own story, beginning at her birth to Caucasian parents in the Tule Lake Japanese American High Security Camp in Northern California, and tells the tale of her long friendship with Mary Mon Toy, a Nisei performer who was incarcerated in the Minidoka Japanese American Camp in Idaho during WWII.