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Pulitzer Prize Winner Peter Balakian Joins Friday Live Reading

Friday Live Reading Series Welcomes Peter Balakian

This Friday, August 7th, at 8pm ET, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Balakian will read from his work and discuss poetry of witness.

About Peter Balakian

Peter Balakian is the author of seven books of poems most recently Ozone Journal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, as well as Ziggurat (2010) and June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000 (2001). His four books of prose include The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (2004), won the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Best Seller. His memoir, Black Dog of Fate won the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for the Art of the Memoir, and was a best book of the year for the New York Times, the LA Times, and Publisher’s Weekly, and was recently issued in a 10th anniversary edition. He is co-translator of  Girgoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide 1915-1918, (Knopf, 2009), which was a Washington Post book of the year.

He is also the author of a book on the American poet Theodore Roethke and the co translator of the Armenian poet Siamanto’s Bloody News From My Friend. Between 1976-1996 he edited with Bruce Smith the poetry journal Graham House Review.  His prose and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, The Daily Beast, Tikkun, The Guardian, LA Times, Art In America, and others.

He is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the Presidential Medal and the Moves Khoranatsi Medal from the Republic of Armenia,  The Spendlove Prize for Social Justice, Tolerance, and Diplomacy (recipients include President Carter), a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has appeared widely on national television and radio( 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, PBS, Charlie Rose, Fresh Air, etc) , and his work have appeared in a many languages including  Armenian, Bulgarian, French, Dutch, Greek, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Turkish. He is Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Colgate University.

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R.L. Maizes, Photo Credit Adrianne Mathiowetz

Upcoming Friday Live Readers…

Our next Friday Live Reading will be on August 21st with R.L. Maizes, author of the short story collection We Love Anderson Cooper and the novel Other People’s Pets, published by Celadon Books.

September 4th: Award Winning Poet and naturalist James Scott Smith reads from his book, The Expanse of All Things.

September 18th: Award Winning Author Dinty W. Moore will read from his book The Mindful Writer and discuss parallels between mindfulness training and the path of an artist.

Find more information on our Friday Live Readings here.


DoveTales Resistance, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler, is Online

Be sure to check out our latest online journal, Resistance, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler. With contributors from all over the globe, our 2020 Young Writers Contest Winners, and our Featured Writer Martín Espada, Resistance is a powerful statement of our First Amendment Rights. Read Resistance now.

 


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RESISTANCE, DoveTales Literary Journal of the Arts, Is Live

RESISTANCE IS LIVE!

Writing for Peace would like to thank Guest Editor Brad Wetzler, all our contributors, our Young Writers, and  Featured Writer Martín Espada for sharing their powerful work with us. The print book will be available for purchase later this month. Until then, we hope all our readers and writers for peace will find hope, solace and inspiration in this online journal.

In reading this workfrom all over the worldI was left with two powerful messages: We are not alone. And together, we are strong.

We shall overcome. Keep the faith and Keep Writing.

Carmel Mawle
DoveTales Editor-in-Chief


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RESISTANCE Goes Up Tomorrow, and Read Three Contest Finalists Now

RESISTANCE

Our 2020 Summer DoveTales launches at 12 noon Mountain Time. Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler, the RESISTANCE Issue is an exercise in First Amendment Rights. Check in tomorrow to immerse yourself in powerful work from writers, artists and photographers from all over the world, the Young Writers Contest Winners, and our Featured Writer, Martín Espada. This journal is a fearless roar for Democracy and Human Rights.

Young Writers Contest Finalists

This month we have been publishing the finalists from our Young Writers Contest. We received hundreds of wonderful entries, and these writers rose to the top. Congratulations to all our finalists!

Real Beloved, by Karen Umeora

Papa had always placed his hopes in Octavia. She had a strange type of elegance and moved as if gliding on ice.

Read Karen Umeora’s story in full here.

Thunder Over Warsaw, by Adler Schultz

“David,” my mother cries with tears of glittering white,
“Take your sister and run.”

Read Adler Schultz’s poem in full here.

The Flower of Egypt, by Seohyun Yoon

“Flower,” said a young, rather skinny, large-eyed boy in an Arabic accent. As I hopped on the tour carriage, he held out a red flower.

Read Seohyun Yoon’s essay in full here.


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Se Eun Pak’s “A Bloody Battle” Nonfiction Finalist and Other W4P News

Read 2020 Young Writers Contest Finalists Pieces In Our July Blog

Congratulations to Se Eun Pak, whose essay “A Bloody Battle” came in as one of two 2020 Young Writers Contest Nonfiction Finalists. Se Eun Pak is in grade 10 at Yongsan International School of Seoul in South Korea. Read her essay in full here.

Friday Live Reading Series

 (photo by David González)

Our last Friday Live Reading, on July 24th, featured Martín Espada who read from his forthcoming book, Floaters, published by W.W. Norton.  Martín Espada is our Featured Writer for the Resistance Edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts, which launches on August 1st. If you missed his reading, you can watch it here.

Our next Friday Live Reading features Peter Balakian. On Friday, August 7th, at 8pm ET, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Balakian will read from his work and discuss poetry of witness.

Learn more about Peter Balakian and his work here.

Resistance, Our Summer DoveTales Goes Live August 1st

Brad Wetzler, Guest Editor

As systemic racism and police brutality threaten Black Lives, as nationalism and authoritarianism runs rampant, as the U.S. Homeland Security and Border Patrols turn against American Citizens and detained immigrants, asylum seekers and prisoners of all ages face the Covid-19 virus behind bars, as we are forced to battle disinformation and government apathy during a world pandemic, Resistance is what writers for peace do. Mark August 1st on your calendars to immerse yourself in the powerful work of writers, artists and photographers who remind us that we are all in this together.

As Guest Editor, Brad Wetzler says,

History’s greatest peacemakers, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela, have taught us that peace is never passive. Sometimes those of us who love peace must do more than be living examples of peace. We must act, do, rise up, bang the gong, take to the streets. It’s obvious that now is one of these times. By any peaceful means necessary, we must resist the backdoor decisions and cruel acts of power-mongering politicians and corporate leaders who would create suffering for the world’s citizens, especially the vulnerable and powerless. We must use our voices and vast numbers to stop the madness and bring attention back to the one thing we all share in common: our humanity.

Keep writing, keep resisting. Stay safe and well.


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Finalist Spanarelli’s “I Am” and Martín Espada Reading

Read 2020 Young Writers Contest Finalists Pieces In Our July Blog

Congratulations to Giuliana Spanarelli, whose poem “I Am” came in as one of two 2020 Young Writers Contest Poetry Finalists. Giuliana is in grade 8 at West Essex Middle School in Caldwell, New Jersey. Read Giuliana’s poem, “I Am,” here.

Friday Live Reading Hosts Martín Espada

Tomorrow, July 24th, at 8pm ET, Martín Espada will will read from his forthcoming book, Floaters, published by W.W. Norton.  Find the details here. You won’t want to miss this! Martín Espada is also the Featured Writer for our Resistance Edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts, which launches on August 1st.

About Martín Espada

Martín Espada (photo by David González)

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. His many honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book 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. 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 University Press. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


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Finalist Sophia Fang’s Zongzi, Martín Espada Reading and Other W4P News

Read 2020 Young Writers Contest Finalists Pieces In Our July Blog

Congratulations to Sophia Fang, whose short story “Zongzi” came in as one of two 2020 Young Writers Contest Fiction Finalists. Sophia is in grade 10 at Westview High School in Sandiego, California. Read her short story, “Zongzi,” here.

Friday Live Readings

(Photo by Connie Kuusisto)

If you missed Adviser Stephen Kuusisto’s wonderful reading from his latest book, Have Dog, Will Travel, the recording is available now. Learn how his book, requested by Simon and Schuster, evolved into the lyrical memoir it became. Stephen’s reading touched on his process and activism, the books that influenced his writing and personal growth, and became something of a love poem to his first guide dog, Corky and his wife, Connie. Watch the reading in full here.

(Photo by David González)

Our next Friday Live Reading is on July 24th at 8pm ET with Martín Espada, our DoveTales Resistance Featured Writer. He will read from his new book, Floaters, and discuss his process and activism. Find the details here. You won’t want to miss this!

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. His many honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book 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. 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 University Press. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

If You Don’t Know Me by Now…

By Adviser E. Ethelbert Miller, in AWP Magazine & Media

Adviser E. Ethelbert Miller

Too many metaphors are missing these days. In their absence, we desperately search for a way of explaining the sudden upheaval in our society. We uproot the past looking for historical clarity. Unfortunately, the future often wears a mask. We are no longer protesting like this is the ’60s. The motion of history has taken us somewhere else. “Where are we?” is as difficult to utter as “Once upon a time.” As writers, our own words and narratives (if we are not careful) can turn against us, and even become suffocating.

Read E. Ethelbert Miller’s entire essay here.

 


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July 10 Friday Live Reading with Stephen Kuusisto

This Friday, July 10th, at 8pm ET, Stephen Kuusisto will read from his latest book, Have Dog, Will Travel, published by Simon & Schuster, and discuss his work, process, and activism. We hope you’ll join us!

Stephen Kuusisto, Photo Credit Connie Kuusisto

About Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is StephenKuusisto.com.

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2020 Young Writers Contest Results

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2020 Young Writers Contest, a challenge designed to develop empathy in our future leaders and introduce emerging young voices from all over the world. Our Young Writers Contest requires a commitment to research and the craft of writing, as well as a willingness to challenge personal assumptions. Entries from nearly every continent exemplified this commitment, and many of our young writers are working in a second language. This year we have added a $200 award for our Grand Prize Winner. We welcome writers from Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Romania, and Brazil, joining other young writers from a total of 30 countries. It has been an honor and privilege to read their work.

Completing this challenge is no small achievement and this year we received a record number of outstanding entries. We would like to acknowledge all of the young writers who took the time to research a new culture and write a story, essay, or poem for the Writing for Peace Young Writers Contest with an invitation to continue refining your craft through our Friday Live Readings, Young Writer Resources, and Youth Summits. We hope you will take advantage of our more accessible DoveTales Literary Journal online, reading the work of contributors hailing from all over this beautiful globe.

Additionally, we would like to thank the teachers and mentors who encouraged their students to take our challenge, and then guided them to prepare their best work. We would also like to thank the many volunteer readers who made this contest possible.

Our Grand Prize Winner, as well as first, second and third place winners’ work will be published on August 1st, 2020 online in our “Resistance” themed edition of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler. Finalists will be published here in our blog during the month of July.

2020 Young Writers Contest Winners

In Poetry~

First Place: Amy Liu from Warrington, Pennsylvania, United States, for “Confessions from Forgotten Fields.” Amy attends Central Bucks High School South and is in 11th Grade.

Second Place: Lauren Young from Stamford, Connecticut, United States, for “Burn.” Lauren attends Trinity Catholic High School and is in 12th Grade.

Third Place: Mariana Kovalik Silva from Curitiba, Brazil for “Tank Man.” Mariana attends Phillips Academy and is in 12th Grade.

Finalists: Giuliana Spanarelli from Fairfield, New Jersey, United States, for “I Am” and Adler Schultz from Newton, Massachusetts, United States, for “Thunder Over Warsaw.”

In Fiction~

First Place: Sofia Perez from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, for “The Atlas.” Sofia attends King’s Highschool for Girls and is in the 10th Grade.

Second Place: Maryam Muheeb from Lagos, Nigeria, for “Aster Street.” Maryam attends Livingstone Model College and is in 12th Grade.

Third Place: Lulu Griffin from La Grange, Illinois, United States, for “By the Light of a Lantern.” Lulu attends Lyons Township High School and is in 12th Grade.

Finalists: Sophia Fang from Sandiego, California, United States, for “Zongzi” and Karen Umeora from Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States, for “Beloved.”

In Nonfiction~

First Place: Aim Poonsornsiri, from Bangkok, Thailand for “Twisted Roots.” Aim attends Deerfield Academy and is in 11th Grade.

Second Place: Lydia Qin, from Los Angeles, California, United States, for “Silent Isolation.” Lydia attends North Hollywood High School and is in 10th Grade.

Third Place: Maxine Magtoto, from Pasig City, Philippines, for “Braving A New Frontier: The Case for Moroccan Linguistics.”  Maxine attends Brent International School Manila and is in 11th Grade.

Finalists: Se Eun Pak (Grade 10), South Korea, for “A Bloody Battle” and Seohyun Yoon (Grade 11), Virginia, United States, for “The Flower of Egypt.”

And the 2020 Grand Prize of $200 goes to…

Grand Prize Winner

Anya (Anna) Trofimova from London, United Kingdom, for her passionately astute poem “Observations Inspired by Rising Sea Levels.” Anna attends St. Paul’s Girls’ School and is in 10th Grade.


Congratulations to one and all!


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June 26, Friday Live with Lyla June, A W4P Reading Series

Join the June 26th Writing for Peace Friday Live Reading with Lyla June Johnston.

Friday, June 26th, at 8pm EDT Click here to join.

Lyla June Johnston (known publicly as Lyla June) will read her essay, “The Story of How Humanity Fell In Love With Itself Once Again,” and discuss her writing process and activism. Learn more about Lyla June and read more of her work here.

Meeting ID: 865 8222 3528
Password: 705037

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Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community servant of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.

Lyla June is a student of global cycles of violence that eventually gave rise to The Native American Holocaust and the destruction of many cyclic relationships between human beings and nature. This exploration birthed her passion for revitalizing spiritual relationships with Mother Earth and cultivating spaces for forgiveness and reconciliation to occur between cultural groups.

In 2012, she graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Environmental Anthropology. During her time there she wrote the award winning papers: Nature and the Supernatural: The Role of Culture and Spirituality in Sustaining Primate Populations in Manu National Park, Peru and Chonos Pom: Ethnic Endemism Among the Winnemem Wintu and the Cultural Impacts of Enlarging Shasta Reservoir.

She spends her free time learning her endangered mother tongue, planting corn, beans and squash and spending time with elders who retain traditional spiritual and ecological knowledge.

Meeting:
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Resistance DoveTales, Friday Live Readings, and E. Ethelbert Miller Essay

“Resistance” Deadline Extended

Brad Wetzler, Guest Editor

On Monday, writers submitting their work to be considered for our “Resistance” edition of DoveTales  found that our Submittable account had been closed before the June 15th deadline. Apparently, we received so many submissions that we exceed a maximum that we weren’t aware of. The problem has been remedied, and the deadline has been extended to June 20th. We apologize for the inconvenience. Read our full guidelines here.

Friday Live Reading Series

Adviser Lyla June Johnston

Every other Friday, Writing for Peace hosts an hour long reading and discussion on Zoom. It’s casual and conversational, and we always learn something that inspires us in our own writing. Our next reading will be on June 26th with Lyla June Johnston. An adviser since 2013, Lyla June Johnston is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community servant of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing.

Check out our complete author lineup, watch videos of our previous readings, and support our fellow writers by purchasing their work. Go to our Friday Live Reading page here.

America Upside Down

Our country is in the midst of a paradigm shift

By Adviser E. Ethelbert Miller | June 15, 2020

Adviser E. Ethelbert Miller

Social historian Vincent Harding often felt it was best to describe black history as being much like a river, flowing toward freedom and the delta of democracy. The challenge we face today is how to navigate this river. Our inability to do this too often leads us to compare historical incidents and movements to one another. We see a protest or a riot and we immediately compare it to the 1960s. Why should one be surprised by police brutality in the black community? Hasn’t there always been one historical moment flowing into the next?

Read the entire article in The American Scholar here.

Young Writers Contest

The 2020 Young Writers Contest is closed. Announcements will be made in our blog on July 1st, 2020.

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