Mark Walker (Guatemala) essay wins Bronze in Solas Literary Competition

Mark Walker

Mark Walker’s (Guatemala 1971-73) review of “Tschiffley’s Epic Equestrian Ride: Over the Andes Through Guatemala to Washington D.C.” (Part of the Yin and Yang of Travel Series), in Revue Magazine, April, 2021, received a Bronze in the Solas Literary Competition for “Best Travel Writing” in the Travel Adventure category. The winning review includes stories from his Peace Corps experience in Guatemala.

He looked at the complete winners list and didn’t recognize any RPCVs, but remembers that Paul Theroux was the editor for one of Review Magazine’s annual “Best Travel Series.”

Last year one of Mark’s essays received an Honorable mention in the competition. According to Mark, his review of “Letters of the Peace Corps in Honduras” by R. Scott Berg received many positive responses.



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  • As a former rural development PCV in Nueva Ocotepeque, Honduras (1967-69), I am interested in any PCV letters from Honduras from that period.

    • Mark–you can find my review of Scott’s book on my website under “library” which includes information on how to purchase it–as you’ll see–its a compilation of letters when he was a PCV.


  • So good to capture these stories of PCVs. We all learned so much more than we offered. It is important to bring it home to share. Thanks Mark for your good work here and for supporting Partnering for Peace: Friends of Peace Corps amd Rotary, as we all continue our quest to serve.

    • Thanks Kim, The Peace Corps and Rotary have so many inspiring stories of cross cultural understanding and service above self–and Partnering for Peace is in a position to share more of those stories.

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