Marian Haley Beil, publisher and John Coyne, editor – both Ethiopia PCVs 1962-64
Together we are currently responsible for the blog Peace Corps Worldwide and the Peace Corps Writers Imprint. Our efforts are at the heart of the Third Goal of the Peace Corps — to “bring the world back home.” We support the writings of RPCVs and PCVs in a positive way to educate Americans about the world and share with all who have a desire for international understanding.
Since 1989 John and Marian have been publishing about the many PCVs and RPCV writers. We have promoted their books, essays, poetry and stories; we have interviewed them; announced their new book publications; reviewed their books; published their books, and made it easy for our readers to obtain their books.
John is the schmoozer/editor/writer who gathers, and many times writes, the material; and Marian, the publisher, edits, designs, and distributes. In the days of our printed newsletters, she also arranged for printing and mailing. Now that we are online she design sites, edits all articles. and maintains a number of databases including one for 680 Peace Corps experience books, and another for more than 1900 authors.
WE’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERS FOR 34 YEARS
Newsletters — Between 1989 and 1990 seven issues of RPCV Writers were published each with 4 pages. We changed the title in 1991 to RPCV Writers & Readers, and eleven issues were published through 1992 and the number of pages grew. From 1993 to 1998 six 20-page issues were published each year.
Switching to online the website Peace Corps Writers ran from July 1999 to November 2008 — and continues to be available on the Internet.
The blog Peace Corps Worldwide has been running since December, 2008 and continues to this day.
In 1990 we began presenting annual awards in a variety of categories supported by Marian and John.
In 2010 we founded a book publishing imprint with the name 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 have been published by the imprint about the Peace Corps experience. Marian manages the imprint.
TWO BOOKS OF FICTION & NON-FICTION BY PEACE CORPS WRITERS.
Going Up Country: Travel Essay by Peace Corps Writers published in 1994 by Scribner’s. Edited by John Coyne
Living On The Edge: Fiction by Peace Corps Writers published by Curbstone Press in 1999. Edited by John Coyne
Neither Marian nor John receives any remuneration for working on the imprint or any other activity relating to these projects. Any residual from voluntary contributions is used to support the awards.
Until the Pandemic, both John and Marian regularly participated in annual meetings, presenting workshop(s), and sponsoring a booth in the sales area for authors to sell their books.
It has been our pleasure for almost 35 years to devote our time, energy and creativity to promote the Peace Corps. “Labor of love” describes our volunteer work.
You have our thanks for this new prestigious award.