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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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Sunday LIVE with Juniper Moon Resumes with Alexis Bernaut

Sunday LIVE Host Juniper Moon

I am so excited to share that the reading series resumes this evening, Sunday, May 30th, at 8pm EST (6pm MST and 5pm PST).

My guest is Alexis Bernaut, a poet and translator, who will join us for an evening of great literature and conversation. This is going to be a fabulous reading spanning a couple of continents.

Please join us as I’ve missed you and these gatherings.

Hope to see you soon.


Alexis Bernaut Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Join us this Sunday, May 30 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm, Mountain Time, when Sunday LIVE resumes with host Juniper Moon. We’re excited to welcome Alexis Bernaut!

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.”

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Natalie Smith Parra Interviews Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Natalie Smith Parra

We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Natalie Smith Parra. Although she declined the official title, we considered Natalie an adviser, mentor, and inspiration. Besides being a wonderful writer, Natalie was a tireless advocate for social justice and prisoners caught in the criminal justice system. Natalie was active behind the scenes in Writing for Peace, even serving as a judge in our Young Writers Contest as she underwent chemo. We are republishing here an interview she did with adviser Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. Natalie was a huge admirer of Dr. Wesley, reading all of her books and many other interviews and publications before putting together her thoughtful questions.

All of us at Writing for Peace send our deepest condolences to Natalie’s family. We will miss her very much.

An Interview with Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, by Natalie Smith Parra

“In my dream, I’m on the road, flying
Somewhere, stranded at an airport.
I’ve lost my car or lost the keys
In my lost purse
Or I’m in the airport security line
Without my passport, a lone traveler
without a country” 

--From “In My Dream”

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Ph.D.

Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Writing for Peace Adviser, is a poet, memoirist, and scholar, who was raised in Monrovia, Liberia, and fled her country’s civil war, arriving in her thirties as a refugee in the United States. She has been called one of the most prolific African poets of the 21st century. But her voice is also as American as a voice can be: the voice of the refugee, the displaced, the victim of violence, the immigrant. Her work is a call for peace, for justice, and is timely and essential in our current historical moment. Having to flee the Liberian civil war as a young mother has defined much of her work, and she knew if she survived that war, she would have to tell the story.

The works in her five poetry books play out on a world stage, both personal and universal, and immortalize the Liberian people’s suffering, and through their suffering, the suffering of refugees of the world, “…the simple ordinary world, where people are too ordinary to matter.”

Natalie: At what point in your life did you come to identify as a poet? Was it before or during the civil war? 

Dr. Wesley: Natalie, let me first thank you for this interview, for taking the time to work with me, and for your contribution to Writing for Peace. It is my honor and privilege to be interviewed by you.

I have been writing poetry since I was a child. That was long before the civil war which began when I was already in my early thirties and a mother of 3. Writing began for me early in my life before my teens, but by 14, I was already playing with the writing of short stories and poems. I wrote poetry and short stories from the beginning, but I was more drawn to poetry than to stories. I guess by the time I was a college student, it was clear that I could write poetry better than prose, and during the civil war, I turned more to poetry. I don’t know when others identified me as a poet, but my high school friends knew I was a poet because I wrote poems regularly for my high school newspaper. I wrote my graduating class song and class poem when we were graduating, and continued writing poetry and stories until the war.

Natalie: Why poetry?

Dr. Wesley: Poetry did not really come as a surprise, but I believe that I’m a better poet than a prose writer, first, because I think more in metaphors and images than in details. Another factor that forced me to turn to poetry was the Liberian civil war. When one has to be on the run, be under the constant threat of bombs falling from the skies or being tortured in a camp, poetry is the one genre that works. Poetry does not lend itself to the long details that prose requires, and therefore, it is easier to write poetry in such crisis as war. I realized during the war that poetry has the ability to capture vivid images, to abbreviate suffering and to employ tightness of language to say the same thing that a long story could capture. I therefore began writing poetry on the run, writing whatever horrific situation before us at that moment even as it happened, painfully capturing the horrors in metaphors and images in poetry. During this time, I also realized that with poetry, you can spare everyone the bloody details that prose uses. Poetry also saves the reader or the writer the pain of narration that prose needs by its use of imagery and figurative language. It was the painful experiences of the war my family and I endured, the urgency that war created as we were constantly on the run, and the profoundness of human violence and pain that helped me realize that poetry was the genre I needed to be both an artist and a witness without compromising the story at hand. The decision to use poetry as a medium empowered me to tell not only my own story, but the story of my people, those that were dying daily, the survivors, and the dead.

Natalie: Would you tell us who some of your favorite poets and major influences, both contemporary and past are? 

Dr. Wesley: I have too many favorite poets. My major influences are all within the African oral tradition, the stories my Iyeah (Grandmother) and Bai (Grandfather) told me from the Grebo tradition of storytelling, the oral narratives of our culture as Africans and the traditional dirges, songs, tales and fables. We are a deeply traditional people, so that tradition has influenced my poetics and my storytelling throughout my writing career. Besides, my father was a great motivating force and my first fan. It was his support that influenced whether I would become a writer or not.

Having made that clear, let me also say that there are writers that have helped shape my writing of poetry, and they are also important. I was drawn to writers like e.e. cummings, D. Lawrence, W. H. Auden, and to African poets like John Pepper Clark Bekederemo, Okot p’bitek, and from my country, Bai T. Moore. When I first discovered these authors, I was still in grade school, but there was something in their voices that moved me. Decades later on as I became a writer writing against war and about my own country’s war, I realized that these writers were war poets who cried out against injustice and war, and it was that that drew me without my knowing. But now, I was writing about my own country at war long after these writers influenced me. Most recently, I was drawn to Marie Howe’s use of couplet in her lines, couplets not in the traditional sense. I discovered her during my days in the doctoral program in Creative Writing, and from then on began to write these lines that are different from my first book. My second book’s use of couplets were patterned after her style of couplets. There are many other writers from the US, from around the world and Africa that have influenced me. But the foundation of my writing and what dictates how I arrange my lines, my thought, and the images that impress themselves on me is rooted in the rich African oral tradition I grew up on. Without this influence, I wouldn’t have become the voice that I am today.

Natalie: Do you have any favorite recently read novels? Short stories?

Dr. Wesley: I don’t have any favorite novels or short story collections. I’m currently reading a memoir, however, by a friend, Krystal Sital, and I love it. The book, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad is an amazing book. I am often a reader of poetry more than of prose even though I love prose. In other words, Krystal’s book is a favorite, if there is a favorite prose book. As a poet, I read more poetry and have many favorite poetry books.

Natalie: Do you have any advice for young creatives living now as refugees, whether from war, poverty, or political or other violence? 

Dr. Wesley: What do you mean by “young creatives?” Do you mean creative writers or artists? I guess that is what you mean. Well, young writers, whether free or refugee, should continue to write wherever they are writing, and if they are not already writing, they should begin to experiment with writing. Being able to use art as a tool in such a difficult situation is so important because poets can be a “witness” to the violent, turbulence of war and trauma in their writing and help the world heal. They must keep on writing, exploring the problems of war and violence that keep them in their sad situation. Writing about your pain brings healing to the young artist and all those around even while keeping the stories of the dead and survivors alive.

Natalie: First (or most important) memory of your new home after fleeing Monrovia?

Dr. Wesley: None to speak of. I hate to talk about this issue at this point. When you lose all that you have ever worked for, lose family and friends, and are forced to flee your homeland where your mother, father, stepmother, all your siblings and distant relatives are still in the heat of bombs and rockets, when the country you fled is still in a bloody war and you’re worried your family will be wiped out, when you have lost country and your entire world, there is no important memory about your new home where you fled, no comfort in a new home that is strange to you, when you arrive destitute with only the clothes on the backs of you and your children and husband, and when you need strangers to feed you, to give you a place to live, that is not the memory you go to. This was our situation when we fled. A war destitute person who had so much and lost it to become a stranger in a distant land, no matter whether they already knew that land (since we were former graduate students in America from 1983-85), that memory is not comfortable enough to return to. I’m sorry about this, but I believe this question was necessary to help me say what I said.

Natalie: Do you have a most healing or comforting memory of home in Liberia? 

Dr. Wesley: Another difficult question. All of that memory involves my parents and family that were lost in the war or during the war or as a direct or indirect result of the war. I guess the only comforting memory is the time long before the Liberian civil war.

Natalie: I read your recent piece in Harvard Divinity, and I’d like to ask how your faith helped you to not only survive trauma, but thrive in the U.S. 

Dr. Wesley: Well, as stated in that essay, my faith was very important to my and my family’s survival. We are strong believers in God, and pray a lot. We believe that many of the miracles that helped save us from being killed happened because of God’s grace. So glad you asked the question. Many interviewers leave this aspect of our humanity out, and you brought it up. Yes, thank you, faith was the most important and most relevant to our survival. Without prayer, trust in God, the miracles God sent our way, we would not have survived.

Natalie: How did you make the decision to join the board of Writing for Peace? 

Dr. Wesley: This was a very easy decision because the work that Writing for Peace is doing is no different than what I have done for decades now. The use of writing as a tool in healing, finding peace and changing the world is something I have done in all of my books. So, the invitation to be a part was one of the best things that happened to me. I took no time in making that decision, and in fact, I felt so honored, I thought wow, this is such a blessing to meet others who think like you. I also have a blog (not very active now), but a very popular blog I started more than a decade ago called “Poetryforpeace,” therefore, I felt honored when I was asked to join the board. I am proud of all that is being done, and of writers like you who are making the difference. I have a lot to learn from Writing for Peace Advisers and writers though, and I am learning. It is a privilege to be a tiny voice in this powerful vision.

Natalie: Beside art, what is one concrete thing you think could really help bring peace to the world?

Dr. Wesley: I believe that voting for the leaders who have a heart for the world, who have traveled and understand how much damage powerful countries can do by poor leadership to the vulnerable people of the world is the next thing to using art to bring about peace.

Natalie: Do you have any writing projects in the works now?

Dr. Wesley: Yes. I have lots of writing projects I’m working on right now, some, I cannot yet talk about. I’m currently working on another book of poetry, a collection of stories that need lots of work, and I’m trying to get my memoir published and a children’s book published.


Alexis Bernaut Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Join us this Sunday, May 30 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm, Mountain Time, when Sunday LIVE resumes with host Juniper Moon. We’re excited to welcome Alexis Bernaut!

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.”

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George Floyd: A Year Later, and Alexis Bernaut Joins Sunday LIVE

George Floyd: A Year Later

On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by a uniformed officer of the state, we join you in taking stock of what has changed and what has not. Approximately 170 Statues and tributes to the Confederacy have tumbled or been renamed, while 2100 still stand on U.S. public land. Derek Chauvin, is being held accountable, but police violence continues unabated. We have seen an increase in police reforms since George Floyd’s death, but the protests that forced those changes are being increasingly suppressed.

In short, dear Writers for Peace, the last year has brought evidence of the power of writing and protest. It has also underlined the continuing reality that there is much to be done. Keep up the good fight, and keep on writing.

Alexis Bernaut Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Join us this Sunday, May 30 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm, Mountain Time, when Sunday LIVE resumes with host Juniper Moon. We’re excited to welcome Alexis Bernaut!

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.”

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2021 Young Writers Contest Winners

2021 Young Writers Contest Results

In Poetry~

First Place: Natasha Bredle from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, for “Nawaji’s Notebook.” Natasha attends Summit County Day School and is in 8th Grade.

Second Place: Huda Haque, from Morrisville, North Carolina, United States, for “On the 1947 India-Pakistan Conflict.” Huda attends Panther Creek High School and is in 11th Grade.

Third Place: Kionna Carter from Spring, Texas, United States, for “Beautiful In Every Way.” Kiona attends Oak Ridge High School and is in 10th Grade.

Finalist: Taeyon Han, from Irving, California, United States, for “Blushing Red.” Taeyon attends Arnold O. Beckman High School and is in the 11th Grade.

In Fiction~

First Place: Sonia Mehta from Dublin, Ohio, United States, for “Once They Were.” Sonia attends Dublin Jerome High School for Girls and is in the 11th Grade.

Second Place: Daria Volkova, from Wilmette, Illinois, United States, for “The We People.” Daria attends New Trier High School and is in 10th Grade.

Third Place: Celia Joely, from Boca Raton, Florida, United States, for “Leap of Faith.” Celia attends Somerset Academy Boca Middle School and is in 7th Grade.

Finalist: Syrine Assi from Beirut, Lebanon for “It’s Now or Never.” Syrine attends International College and is in 10th Grade.

In Nonfiction~

First Place: Isabel Xiao, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, for “Rock and Roll Isn’t Dead, It Just Smells Funny.” Isabel attends Princess Ann High School and is in 11th Grade.

Second Place: Jitae Kim, from Pamona, California, United States, for “Two Boys. A Bridge with No End. A Sleeping Dragon.” Jitae attends Damien High School and is in 11th Grade.

Third Place: Rebecca Zhang, from McLean, Virginia, United States, for “How Latinx Culture and Values Effect Latinx Students’ Approach Towards Education.”  Rebecca attends Langley High School and is in 11th Grade.

Finalist: Chih-Chen (Steven) Yeh, from Jurong, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China. Steven attends Nanjing International School and is in 10th Grade.

And the 2021 Grand Prize of $200 goes to…

Grand Prize Winner

Yueyi Huang, from Shanghai, China, for her sharp-edged short story “Picadillo,” a well-researched and poignant glimmer of the pain inflicted by the Mexican cartel. Yueyi attends YK Pao School and is in 8th Grade.


We, at Writing for Peace, would like to congratulate all our young writers. The competition was incredibly stiff this year, with many excellent entries coming from countries all over the world. We hope you will keep refining your craft with the goal of making a difference with your writing, because your submissions showed extraordinary insight and awareness. Each of our young writers will receive certificates of participation, and finalists will be published here on the Writing for Peace Blog at www.writingforpeace.org. Our Grand Prize Winner will receive the $200 Grand Prize, and all of our winners will be published in DoveTales, an International Journal of the Arts.  Thank you all for taking this writing challenge!


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Angela Narciso Torres Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Angela Narciso Torres is the author of two full length poetry collections, What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021) and Blood Orange, winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry; and the chapbook, To the Bone (Sundress Publications). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in POETRYMissouri Review, and Poetry Northwest. Her work has been featured on WBUR and Poetry Daily. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. She received First Prize in the Yeats Poetry Prize (W.B. Yeats Society of New York). New City magazine named her one of Chicago’s Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she resides in San Diego. She serves as a senior and reviews editor for RHINO.

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Juniper Moon on tonight’s Sunday LIVE Guest, Ian Ramsey

Sunday LIVE Host Juniper Moon

One of the aspects I love about this reading series is the ability to learn more about the writer and how they move through the world, not only from what they share from the page.

This week’s guest has inspired me for years now—how he moves through the world and makes it a better place with not only his presence but what he does and offers others…

Ian Ramsey will read from his soon-to-be-published poetry manuscript “Hackable Animal,” and take us “around the world from Tokyo to Trinidad to Trujillo and wrestling with the inner dimensions of what it means to be a wild human being in the quickly disrupting/globalizing 21st century. Ecology. Climate Change. Wildfires. Technology. Activism. And lots of bears”.

Join us? Tonight, Sunday, March 28th, at 8pm ET/5pm PST. (Zoom link below.)

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 Terrain.org, 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.

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Sweta Vikram Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Host Juniper Moon welcomes the best-selling author Sweta Vikram to Sunday LIVE Reading this Sunday, March 14th, at 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST.

Sunday LIVE Host Juniper Moon

Says Juniper, “While considering our next guest this morning, I was trying to recall when I first ‘met’ Sweta Srivastava Vikram through InstaGram. I cannot remember how along ago that was but I do remember how I’ve felt about her presence and the incredible work she is doing–writing, supporting other women, Ayruveda mindfulness and health/wellness advocate and educator and the list goes on. She consistently inspires me to be and do better, for myself and my community.

“Sweta is one of the most positive (and busiest, as in productive…) women I’ve connected with online. From her best selling books to her positive posts about delicious food and family and friends and living a mindful and full life, she offers the world wisdom, creativity, and beauty. I’m so grateful to host Sweta this weekend for Sunday Live. Sweta writes in many genres and I look forward hearing what writing she chooses to share with us and learning more about this dynamic and beautiful person.”

Invite your friends and join us for this special evening!

Sweta Srivastava Vikram is an international speaker, best-selling author of 12 books, and Ayurveda and mindset coach who is committed to helping people thrive on their own terms. As a trusted source on health and wellness, most recently appearing on NBC and Radio Lifeforce, Sweta has dedicated her career to writing about and teaching a more holistic approach to creativity, productivity, health, and nutrition. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and other publications across nine countries on three continents. Sweta is a trained yogi and certified Ayurveda health coach, is on the board of Fly Female Founders, and holds a Master’s in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. Voted as “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times” and winner of the “Voices of the Year” award (past recipients include Chelsea Clinton), she lives in New York City with her husband and works with clients across the globe. She also teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as well incarcerated men and women. Find her on: Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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Octavio Quintanilla Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

February 28 @ 8:00 pm ET

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Octavio Quintanilla

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and served as the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX.  His poetry, fiction, translations, and photography have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals such as Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pilgrimage, Green Mountains Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Texas Observer, Existere: A Journal of Art & Literature, and elsewhere. His Frontextos (visual poems) have been published in Poetry Northwest, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Midway Journal, Gold Wake Live, Newfound, Chachalaca Review, Chair Poetry Evenings, Red Wedge, The Museum of Americana, About Place Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, The Windward Review, Tapestry, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, & The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.   

Octavio’s visual work has been exhibited at the Southwest School of Art, Presa House Gallery, Equinox Gallery, The University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville Campus), the Weslaco Museum, Aanna Reyes Gallery, Our Lady of the Lake University, AllState Almaguer art space in Mission, TX, El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, The Walker’s Gallery in San Marcos, TX, and in the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center / Black Box Theater in Austin, TX.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and is the regional editor for Texas Books in Review and poetry editor for The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism & for Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Literature & Arts Magazine.  Octavio teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. 

Website: octavioquintanilla.com

Instagram: @writeroctavioquintanilla

Twitter: @OctQuintanilla

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