The Rocks Cry Out

Writing for Peace condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and calls on all combatants, there and across this wounded globe, to lay down their weapons.

In every war, it is the innocents who suffer and pay the price for the hubris and greed of those in power. If you can help, here are some organizations seeking donations.

The events of this past week bring to mind Maya Angelou’s poem, “The Rock Cries Out to Us Today.”

Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more.

Read Maya Angelou’s powerful poem here.

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Abrazos Update

Dear Readers and Writers for Peace,

I want to thank you again for your patience. Our printer, McNaughton & Gunn, had estimated early December for completion of our journals due to the paper shortage. They actually exceeded that goal and had them printed by the end of November.

The journals shipped on November 29th via YRC Freight and were scheduled for delivery December 2nd. Needless to say, that did not happen. Today, the books were unloaded in a warehouse in Denver and I’ve been assured that they will arrive between 8am and noon tomorrow. We have a crew of volunteers lined up and are doing our best to get these beautiful books to you in time for the holidays.

If you would like to order additional copies through the website, please do that right away. There are still a few left, but not many. To order more than one, you’ll need to do that separately. This is due to a problem with the shipping charges. I apologize for the inconvenience. You can order additional books at

I hope you’ll find, when the Abrazos & Letters from the Self to the World arrives, that it was well worth the wait.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Writing for Peace, and for the many ways you make this world a better place.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season,

Carmel Mawle
Writing for Peace President and Founder

Join our Tenth Anniversary DoveTales Celebration Reading Sunday, October 24th, at Noon

Tomorrow, at noon Pacific Standard Time, we celebrate the release of our Tenth Anniversary Anthology, Abrazos, in memory of Sam Hamill, and our 2021 DoveTales, Letter from the Self to the World, guest edited by Adriana Paramo, with a special Sunday LIVE Reading.

Join Host Juniper Moon, Writing for Peace Founder and President Carmel Mawle, our Editor-in-Chief Robert Kostuck, members of our Board of Directors and Panel of Advisers and many of our wonderful Writers for Peace as we read a small sampling of selected work from a decade of DoveTales, as well as beautiful work from 2021.

This 591 paged anthology is dedicated to advisor Sam Hamill (1943-2018), and titled Abrazos in memory of the way he used to sign off on his emails. The beautiful cover was adapted by artist-in-residence Juniper Moon from one of Sam’s original paintings.

Come help us celebrate a decade of Writing for Peace!

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Pre-Order Abrazos & Letters from the Self to the Other

Due to the current paper shortage, the books will arrive the first week in December. Pre-order your copy of Abrazos & Letters from the Self to the Other now to have in time for the holidays. Quantities are limited.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration Sale

In celebration of our Tenth Anniversary, all previous DoveTales titles are 50% off through December 10th, 2021. Writing for Peace DoveTales is the perfect way to raise awareness about social, economic and environmental justice during the holidays. Check out our book selection!



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Tenth Anniversary DoveTales Launches October 24th

We are very happy to announce that our Tenth Anniversary Anthology, Abrazos, in memory of Sam Hamill, and our 2021 DoveTales, Letter from the Self to the World, guest edited by Adriana Paramo, will launch on October 24th with a special Sunday LIVE celebration. Our Featured Writer is Susan Muaddi Darraj.

The nearly 600 pages of poetry, essays, fiction and art features selected work from the years of DoveTales, as well as thoughtful and profound current work from 2021. The anthology is dedicated to advisor Sam Hamill (1943-2018), and titled Abrazos in memory of the way he always signed his emails. The beautiful cover you see here was adapted by artist-in-residence Juniper Moon from one of Sam’s original paintings.

The book is beautiful, the fitting culmination of a decade of Writing for Peace. Watch our blog for coming details in the coming weeks!

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Of Cascadia: A Tribute to Sam Hamill – Readers Bios

Of Cascadia: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

A Poetry Reading in Celebration of 

the 10th Anniversary of Writing for Peace

Reader Bios


Alexis Bernaut is a poet, translator, and musician, born in Paris in 1977. His poetry has been published in several reviews and anthologies in France and abroad, and translated into English, Korean, Hebrew, and Romanian. In 2016, he was invited to the Seoul International Writers Festival. He is the translator of his late friend Sam Hamill, and Trinidadien novelist Earl Lovelace, among others. His first collection of poetry, Au matin suspendu, was published in December 2012. His latest book, Un miroir au coeur du brasier, was published in May 2020, and was shortlisted for the Prix Apollinaire Découverte awarded to younger poets.

Lyn Coffin   Over 30 of Lyn Coffin’s books (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama) have been published by Doubleday, Ithaca House and others. Her novel, The Aftermath, was published in 2020 by Adelaide Books. Her collection of formal poetry, Artwork on the Backs of Gargoyles, was published in 2021 by Transcendent Zero Press. Her plays have been performed internationally, as well as in Detroit, Boston and Seattle. She is working on a children’s book (Rainbow the Elephant and Mouse Logo) and a second novel. A short fiction of hers appeared in Best American Short Stories 1979, judged by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won several awards and has had work published in over 150 magazines and literary journals, including Catholic Digest and Time. Her poems were chosen by Judith Roche for a long ago About Place issue. Her website is and her twitter handle is @lynco. 

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. Other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006) and Alabanza (2003). He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019). He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays and poems, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and reissued by Northwestern. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Jim Farmer is a Northwest Washington native who spent 37 years with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in several roles mostly as a Park Ranger.  During his assignment as Fort Worden State Park Manager in the early 1990’s Jim met Sam Hamill and discovered their mutual love of golf.  Golf became the basis of their connection for over 20 years.  Golfing nearly weekly until Sam couldn’t go anymore gave Jim a unique insight into Sam and his poetry.  Jim turned 74 years old this week and golfs 3-4 mornings weekly.

Cate Gable is a journalist, poet, author, and agent for  change. Born and raised in Cascadia, w/ homes in Paris, France; Tucson, AZ; and Nahcotta, WA, Cate has an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University; MA from the University of WA; BA from University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude). She’s a weekly columnist for the Chinook Observer and has won awards for both poetry and environmental journalism (from The Bay Guardian; the Hoffman Center for the Arts; the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Dolly Connelly Award; and a Grantham Prize for Excellence). Her chapbook, “Chere Alice: Three Lives” (Publication Studio, Portland, OR) accompanied the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library exhibit, “A Place at the Table, A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image, and Voice.” Recent poetry was selected for Hawaii Public Radio, Aloha Shorts, and has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Bryant Literary Journal, Writers Resist, Washington 129, Lit/FUSE Twentieth, and Rain Magazine. Cate wrote the introduction for “Samthology,” a memorial anthology for Sam Hamill (Seattle Poetics Lab, 2019).

Galen Garwood was born in 1944 and spent most of his young life growing up on St. Simons Island, Georgia and in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1966, after one year of art at University of Georgia, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he majored in Art and Music with a minor in English. He moved to Seattle, Washington in 1971 and began exhibiting his paintings at Foster-White Gallery in 1973.  He has exhibited his paintings in the United States, Europe, and Asia and his creative contributions have also been expressed in writing, poetry, multimedia and film. In 1976 he won First Place in Painting at the Pacific Northwest Annual Exhibition and in 1979 he received the Hassam, Speicher Award at the Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York. In 1995, his multimedia piece ‘Adagio’ won the Bronze Award at the International Multimedia Film Festival in Philadelphia, and in 1996 ‘Adagio’ was included in the Venice Biennale’s ‘Xenograhia, Nomadic Wall’ and again at ‘Art Affair’ in New York. His film ‘Cadmium Red Light received First Place for Narrative/Documentary at the Port Townsend International Film Festival in 2007 and his film ‘Ed and Ed’ received the First Place Award for Short Documentary for at DeReel Film Festival in Australia in 2008. Along with American poet, Sam Hamill, he published Passport, paintings and poems, published by Broken Moon Press in 1987 and Mandala, monotypes and poems, an Homage to Morris Graves, Milkweed Editions, In 2011, he published The One-Winged Body, a series of figurative photographs with poems by Peter Weltner, and the following year, again with Peter Weltner, Where Everything Is Water As Far As He Can See, Marrowstone Press. In 2014 his Maenam (Water) series of photographs were published with poems by William O’Daly, Marvin Bell, Sam Hamill, James Broughton, Peter Weltner, Linda Gregg, Emily Warn, and Jeanne Morel, as MAENAM, of Water, Of Light, Marrowstone Press. A selection from a new series of photographs, ‘The Dream Sea,’ is featured in The Road to Isla Negra, poems by William O’Daly, published by Folded Word Press in 2015. Other images from ‘The Dream Sea’ are in a published collaboration with poet, Peter Weltner, entitled Water’s Eye, Brick House Books, 2015. Since 2002, he has been living in Northern Thailand.

Chris Harris is a baker/cook, writer and Zen student living in Spokane, Washington.









Kaaren Kitchell’s writing life began in Paradise Valley, Arizona, where she won the fourth-grade autobiography contest. The promised prize: a trip to Europe. The delivered prize: a film about the same. She stopped entering contests, but years later, she moved to Paris. Her poems have since appeared in numerous literary journals, various anthologies, and in a fine art manuscript at the Getty Museum. She received an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from Antioch University, LA. She has worked as a performance artist, a tutor for blind high school students, a cook on a schooner, a bookseller in Sausalito, CA, Cambridge, MA, and NYC, and she and her late husband, Richard Beban, taught Living Mythically at the C.G. Jung Institute in L.A., at Esalen Institute, and in private workshops in the U.S. and Paris. Their blog of her essays and his photos, Paris Play, can be found at She is Fiction Editor and Co-Poetry Editor of TheScreamOnline Her first full-length book of poems, Ariadne’s Threads, will be published by Tebot Bach in fall 2021.


Gary Lemons has written 8 books of poetry. Original Grace is the fourth book in the Snake Quartet, which was published By Red Hen Press.  Gary received a BFA from the Undergraduate Poetry Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1973 where he studied with Norman Dubie, Marvin Bell, Donald Justice, John Berryman, William Stafford, and Diane Wakowski among others.  He currently lives in Port Townsend, WA. with his beautiful life partner Nöle Giulini and spends his time writing and gardening and doing yoga.


Carmel Mawle is founder of the nonprofit literary organization, Writing for Peace, and served as Editor-in-Chief of DoveTales, An International Journalof the Arts from 2013-2020. Twice nominated  for the Pushcart Prize, her short stories, essays and poetry have been published in Smokelong Quarterly, Lucid Moose Lit, KNOTS Literary Magazine and other journals and anthologies.


Juniper Moon cultivates handwork, as a writer, artist, and letterpress printer. Known to hit the road visiting colleges and school-age camps with co-conspirator Traveling Duende (her 200-pound table top letterpress), she believes in the power of art and handwork to change the world one hand-pulled print at a time. She founded Dwell Press in 2010.


William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight, a finalist for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation. O’Daly’s chapbooks of poems include The Whale in the Web, The Road to Isla Negra, Water Ways (a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry and in September 2021 received the American Literary Award from the bilingual Korean–American journal Miju Poetry and Poetics. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have been published in numerous journals and as part of multimedia exhibits and performances. He has received national and regional honors for literary editing and instructional design and served on the national board of Poets Against War. Currently, he is Lead Writer for the California Water Plan, the state’s strategic plan for sustainably and equitably managing water resources.


Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator,  teacher, magician, musician, and lover of life. His translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in December 2021. Other books include The Safety of Edges (poems), Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar (translated from the Tamil) and Body and Earth (with the artist C. F. John). He speaks and performs widely, serves as Language Consultant for the Cozy Grammar series of online video courses, and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the U. S. Fulbright Program. Pruiksma makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his husband, David Mielke.


Ian Ramsey is a poet and educator based in Maine where he directs the Kauffmann Program for Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration. His writing has appeared in journals like, Off the Coast, High Desert Journal, Orion, Words & Images, and the Mountain Research Initiative. Ian, who holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, has served as an artist-in-residence across North America and abroad, and he frequently collaborates with scientists internationally to communicate climate-change research in creative ways. He is an ultra-runner, sea kayak guide, and sponsored mountain athlete, and a founding board member of the non-profit Physiology First, which gives students leading-edge tools to manage anxiety and perform at a higher level. As a musician, he has been nominated for a Grammy and has shared the stage with Yoko Ono and Tony Trisha, among others. He is currently finishing a poetry manuscript, Hackable Animal, that will be published in 2022.


Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has appeared in journals such as North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, The Progressive, and others. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry. Her fourth collection, Filthy Labors, chronicles her volunteer teaching experience at a transitional housing program for homeless women in her native New Jersey.  Schmidt is currently at work on a Young Adult novel.

Michael Simms has been active in politics and poetry for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He is the founder of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and the founder of Vox Populi, an online gazette for poetry, politics and nature. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry — and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Simms has won a number of awards and fellowships, including a Certificate of Recognition in 2011 from the Pennsylvania State Legislature for his contribution to the arts. Simms has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. Simms is a childhood sexual abuse survivor, a person with autism who did not learn to speak until he was five years old, and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with 35 years of sobriety. He lives with his wife Eva, a psychologist, in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. Simms’ most recent collection of poems is American Ash.

Of Cascadia: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

Sunday, September 26th from Noon to 2:00 p.m. PST

Based in Zoom. See the meeting information below.


Please join us for the tribute to Sam Hamill to hear some of Sam’s work, poems and essays written for Sam, and of course some stories. It will be a powerful reading and evening to honor this complex man and writer, who was the first advisor for Writing for Peace.

SAM HAMILL was born in 1943 and grew up on a Utah farm. He is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and served at Editor there for thirty-two years. He taught in artist-in-residency programs in schools and prisons and worked with Domestic Violence programs. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, and in 2003, founded Poets Against the War. He is the author of more than forty books, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin. He died at home in Anacortes, Washingotn, on April 14, 2018.

Readers include: Alexis Bernaut, Lyn Coffin, Martín Espada, Jim Farmer, Cate Gable, Galen Garwood, Chris Harris, Kaaren Kitchell, Gary Lemons, Juniper Moon, William O’Daly, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, Ian Ramsey, Lauren Marie Schmidt, and Michael Simms, among others.

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Happy Tenth Anniversary, dear Writers for Peace, and Abrazos

Dear Writers for Peace,

It’s hard to believe that August is here, but ten years ago this month we began Writing for Peace with a writing contest for ages 13-19. We’ve been combing through the years of DoveTales and our blog, selecting the pieces that most represent our journey together, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, immigration and the detention of child migrants, and the pandemic that ripped off the veil from so many of the world’s social inequities. As our tenth anniversary anthology takes shape, I am awestruck and humbled by the wisdom and beauty shared over the course of a decade. And there will be surprises. For years, we have said that our wonderful writers for peace hail from every continent except Antarctica. In this anthology, we will hear an important message from that icy continent.

In addition to all this, the book will include our 2021 DoveTales, Letters from the Self to the World, edited by Writing for Peace Editor-in-Chief Robert Kostuck and Guest Editor Adriana Paramo, as well as works from our 2021 Young Writers Contest winners.

The official release date for our tenth anniversary DoveTales anthology, Abrazos, is September 1st. That month, we’ll celebrate with some very special readings with Sunday LIVE Host Juniper Moon and guests. I’ll share more information about that soon, as well as how you can preorder Abrazos, dedicated to the memory of our first Adviser, Sam Hamill.

Stay tuned, and keep writing.

Carmel Mawle
Writing for Peace President and Founder

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Kurt Caswell Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Event Time: Sunday, July 11th at 5:00 pm PST / 8 pm EST


Kurt Caswell’s writing spans time, continents, and space. For this Sunday Live reading he will read from his book Laika’s Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog. Come learn how mindfully this writer moves through the world and across the page bringing us stories so that we can better understand ourselves.

Kurt Caswell is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently, Laika’s Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog (2018), which tells the story of the first animal to orbit the Earth. His other books are: Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents (2015); In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation (2009); and An Inside Passage (2009), which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, and a Texas Tech University President’s Book Award. He has published widely in journals and magazines. Caswell was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in the Cascade Range in Oregon. He has worked as a teacher in Hokkaido, Japan, on the Navajo Reservation, and at schools in Arizona, California, and Wyoming. A graduate of both the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College (MA), and the Bennington College Writing Seminars (MFA), his work has earned numerous Pushcart nominations, the Lucy Grealy Memorial Scholarship, fellowships at Fishtrap writers’ conference, and the MacDowell Colony, and other honors. He is professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.

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Jennifer Neves Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Reading Time: 5 pm PST / 8 pm EST

Please join us for an evening of great literature and a down to earth conversation. Come and learn more about how this writer moves through the world. You won’t be disappointed.

Hope to see you there!

Essayist Jennifer Neves was raised in rural Maine and received a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Maine and an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is a technical writer by day, a mother of four all of the time, and author of the new essay collection Freedom Farm, which was a 2021 finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her previous work includes a humorous travelogue, Backpack Like You Mean It (2012), and her essays have appeared in Litro Online Magazine and Literary Mama. She lives on a farm in Palermo, Maine.

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