Peace Corps Worldwide’s Marian Haley Beil and John Coyne
Honored with first-ever
Loret Miller Ruppe Lifetime Achievement Award
Since 1989, Peace Corps Worldwide and the Peace Corps Writers Imprint have supported the writings of the Peace Corps community to promote international understanding—the essence of the Third Goal. The longevity and reach of the work by Marian Haley Beil, publisher, and John Coyne, editor, prompted NPCA to recognize their impact with the first-ever Loret Miller Ruppe Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at this year’s Peace Corps Connect on September 9, 2023.
For nearly 35 years, Marian and John, both “Ethie One,” have worked to “bring the world back home” by shining a light on PCV and RPCV writers: publishing, reviewing, and promoting their books, essays, poetry, and stories. John researches, compiles, and often writes, material on their website. Marian design sites, edits articles, and maintains databases including one with 680 Peace Corps experience books and another of more than 1900 authors. In 2010, they founded Peace Corps Writers to enable PCVs and RPCVs to have their writings—especially their Peace Corps memoirs—to be published in print and as eBooks. To date, 68 books about the Peace Corps experience have been published by the imprint, managed by Marian.
The outpouring of reader comments on PCW, here and there, bears testimony to the gratitude and support for Marian’s and John’s work. We share a sampling of that appreciation below.
I have always looked forward to opening my email and finding new reports to read. You bring a whole world of stories to us, both strange and familiar at the same time.
The daily blogs help keep us all connected and remind us of the Third Goal.
…(M)y go-to news every morning.
It brings memories and possibilities to the forefront. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the Peace Corps and to be able to follow its course through your incredible diligence and commitment.
John and Marian have been the pioneers for decades of communicating to the world and to other returned Peace Corps volunteers and staff what the Peace Corps experience is and was and can be. Their dedicated service has connected and inspired and publicized and appreciated all genres of Peace Corps writers.
For decades you have tirelessly created and cultivated a unique community and have done so much to ‘keep hope alive’ about the ideals and spirit of Peace Corps service.
John and Marian have served as the connective tissue within the RPCV community for so long. Peace Corps Worldwide has truly given a voice to the PCV experience through the lifting up of so many RPCV writers and their work.
…(W)e would not be identified and included together in an important canon of writing, if it were not for John Coyne and Marian Haley Beil …Think of it, where would the American Literary Canon be without their contribution? Where would the country be without their commitment to bringing home our personal truths to the greater population?
A lot of lights would have been left under the bushel baskets without the two of you.
John and Marian are deserving of a longer than lifetime achievement award!