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Our Tenth Anniversary Year Opens with Poet Lauren Camp

Ten years ago, Writing for Peace began with an idea about the power of creative writing to spark empathy in the minds of both the reader and the writer. We challenged young writers to harness that power, and then began collecting work from writers all over the world in our literary journal, DoveTales. We’re celebrating during the month of January with 50% off all our books (while supplies last). Use the Promotion code, YEAR10.

Producer Juniper Moon hosts tonight’s Sunday LIVE.

Tonight, producer Juniper Moon welcomes poet Lauren Camp to our first Sunday LIVE of the New Year. “I’m looking forward to hearing what she decides to share with us tonight and to learn more about her and how she moves through the world,” says Juniper.

Poet Lauren Camp’s latest book is Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020).

Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020), which Publishers Weekly calls a “stirring, original collection.” Her poems and interviews have appeared in Witness, Poet Lore, The Rumpus, DoveTales and other journals in the US and abroad. Honors include the Dorset Prize and the National Federation of Press Women Book Prize, and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award, the Housatonic Book Award and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from Black Earth Institute and the Taft-Nicholson Center. A visiting scholar/poet at the Mayo Clinic, this year she was selected to be one of 100 international artists for 100 Offerings of Peace. Her poems have been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. www.laurencamp.com

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A word on our Present Call for Submissions

By Robert Kostuck, Editor-in-Chief

Adriana Paramo’s theme for the upcoming DoveTales is an epistolary one, “Letters from the Self to the World.” She discusses her theme in more depth here, but sums up her call with this encouragement: “Whether you write this letter to someone else or yourself (how about a letter to a younger self?), write it with your gut, throat, and knuckles; with tender wrists and beating hearts; with rage and fire and love.”

This is the first time we’ve asked our contributors to submit their work in the form of a letter.

Daunted? Confused? Curious?

Some examples of contemporary epistolary writing are—
Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”
James Wright and Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Delicacy and Strength of Lace”
Vaclav Havel, “Letters To Olga”

Some examples of archival epistolary writing include:
Montesquieu, “Persian Letters” Persian Letters
Mark Twain, “Letters From The Earth” Letters from the Earth
Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet” Letters to a Young Poet

Examples and definitions can be found here:
Epistolary Novel Epistolary novel
Epistolary Poem Epistolary poem

It is an interesting challenge, and sometimes confining our thoughts into a limiting form produces our boldest work. We’re excited to see what you come up with!

Recent notes on Writing for Peace “Gardens in the Desert” contributors:

Rachel Blum’s book, The Doctor of Flowers, is still going strong. For more information on Rachel’s work go to: Rachel Blum, Poet | Author of The Doctor of Flowers.

Frances Park shared this with us: “BLUE RICE is a novel I’ve yet to sell (probably never!), although I’ve placed six excerpts (as short stories) including one in the Winter/Fall issue of SLICE titled ‘Laundry’. My personal essay ‘Koomo Who’ appears in the Fall issue of GARGOYLE. And my forthcoming memoir-in-essays ‘THAT LONELY SPELL: Stories of Family, Friends & Love’ will be published by Heliotrope (Fall/Winter 2021).”

Suzette Bishop shared this news:
“I have a couple new-ish essays out. At The Mighty, ‘When Chronic Illness Makes It Hard to Engage in Conversations,’ and in New Texas, ‘Ekphrasitc Poetry as Feminist Call-And-Response: Ntozake Shange’s Ridin’ the Moon in Texas: Word Paintings,’

Bill Cass’ short story collection, Something Like Hope & Other Stories, has just been released by Wising Up Press, information can be seen here.

We love hearing what our contributors are up to. Let us know about your recent publications by emailing Robert Kostuck at editor@writingfor peace.org.


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W4P Welcomes Juniper Moon and David L. Ulin Joins SundayLIVE

We are excited to welcome poet and artist Juniper Moon to our Writing for Peace family. Juniper will join our Panel of Advisers and serve as our Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, she is serving as producer of our Sunday LIVE Reading with host Brad Wetzler. We are grateful beyond words for all Juniper brings to Writing for Peace.

Juniper Moon cultivates handwork, as a mom, writer, teaching 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. From the Willamette Valley to the Salish Sea, she walks trails and streets with her mini Aussie, Tara, unearthing “home” where the inner and outer worlds meet. The heart of her handwork—writing, carving, drawing, hand-setting type, letterpress printing—beats by the push-pull progression of contrarieties. By defining space and creating through handwork, she identifies and harnesses these life forces as a creative advocate who summons duende and creates a space for the ordinary and ecstatic simpatico on the page.

She has been recognized by numerous fellowships, residencies, and exhibits across the country. Her handwork includes broadsides for poets Alison Hawthorne Deming, Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, and Sam Hamill. Her poems have appeared in Gods, Goddesses, Myth: Regional Women Poets, Floating Bridge Review, City Arts and the Tacoma Arts Museum 20/20: Tacoma in Images and Verse broadside show, and Vox Populi. A graduate of the Evergreen State College, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She founded Dwell Press in 2010. Check out her blog at: https://dwellpress.typepad.com and her Instagram at: dwellpress.

Sunday LIVE Reading

On Sunday, December 20th, at 8pm ET, host Brad Wetzler welcomes David Ulin to our Sunday LIVE Reading.

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, which was shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, he is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he edits the literary journal Air/Light.

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Scott Nadelson Joins Sunday LIVE, W4P Holiday Gift Guide, & A Call for Submissions

Sunday LIVE Welcomes Scott Nadelson

On December 13, at 8pm ET, Host Brad Wetzler  welcomes memoirist and short story writer Scott Nadelson to Sunday LIVE.

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Scott Nadelson is the author of a novel, Between You and Me, a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress, and five story collections, most recently The Fourth Corner of the World, named a Jewish Fiction Prize Honor Book by the Association of Jewish Libraries, and One of Us, winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize in Short Fiction. A recipient of the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and an Oregon Book Award, he teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

W4P Holiday Gift Guide

During the month of December, Writing for Peace is offering a 10% Discount on all our books. Buy the Complete DoveTales Set (9 beautiful timeless books) at an additional 10% off and receive a free First Amendment Tote Bag. Use the Discount Code Holiday2020 to save on your holiday shopping today!

2020 Books That Make A Powerful Statement for Peace

This 8.5 x 11 full color book is Guest Edited by Robert Kostuck (now our new Editor-In-Chief) and features poet E. Ethelbert Miller. Gardens in the Desert: Cultivating Awareness contains 224 pages of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by contributors from all over the globe. Purchase your copy now!

Give the gift of RESISTANCE, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler, with featured Writer Martín Espada. It’s a powerful expression of our First Amendment Rights, with 380 of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by Writers for Peace in every nook and cranny on our beautiful planet.

Special Sale on Writing for Peace Apparel & Accessories

20% off until December 15th. Support Writing for Peace by giving the gift of swag! These beautiful Writing for Peace patterns celebrate our First Amendment Rights and the power or peaceful protest – on bags, T-Shirts and other quality apparel. Check out all our designs at Writing for Peace Swag!

DoveTales Call for Submissions

Reading Period Now Open: November 25th, 2020 – March 1st, 2021

Read full submission guidelines here

Theme: Letters from the Self to the World

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the word Epistle in straightforward terms: a composition in prose or poetry written in the form of a letter to a particular person or group. It is my hope that you accept this invitation, open your heart, and write your unspoken truths. Send us a letter you never thought you’d write, you know, the one you’ve been toying with for years, or sit down and get that “thing” off your chest that can only start with a cathartic ‘Dear X’. Write to a member of your family, an old flame, a politician, a group of people. It could be a humorous rant, a thank you message, a confession, a belated indictment, a love note, or a message asking for or offering forgiveness.

Whether you write this letter to someone else or yourself (how about a letter to a younger self?), write it with your gut, throat, and knuckles; with tender wrists and beating hearts; with rage and fire and love.

In sum: Write your heart out.

Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate. She is the author of Looking for Esperanza, My Mother’s Funeral, and Unsent Letters to My Mother. Her essays have appeared in multiple literary magazines and been noted in The Best American Essays for consecutive years. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University. Currently, she writes from the Middle East, where oddly enough, she works as a yoga and fitness instructor.


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Cynthia Atkins Joins Sunday LIVE

Join us tonight, December 6th, at 8pm ET when host Brad Wetzler  welcomes Cynthia Atkins to our Sunday LIVE Reading!
Cynthia Atkins is the author of Psyche’s Weathers, In The Event of Full Disclosure (CW Books), Still-Life With God (Saint Julian Press 2020).  Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, BOMB, Cleaver Magazine, Diode, Florida Review, Green Mountains Review, Rust + Moth, North American Review, Seneca Review, Thrush, and Verse Daily. Atkins was formerly the assistant director for the Poetry Society of America, and has taught English and Creative Writing, most recently, at Blue Ridge Community College, where she curated a quarterly reading Series, Lit-Salon. She is an Interviews Editor for American Microreviews and Interviews.  Atkins earned her MFA from Columbia University and has earned fellowships and prizes from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Writer’s Voice, and Writers@Work. Atkins lives on the Maury River of Rockbridge County, Virginia, with artist Phillip Welch and their family.  For more information visit her website  www.cynthiaatkins.com

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Gardens In The Desert Launches, Holiday Sales, and Matching Funds for Giving Tuesday

December Holiday Sale

During the month of December, Writing for Peace is offering a 10% Discount on all our books. Buy the Complete DoveTales Set (9 beautiful timeless books) at an additional 10% off and receive a free First Amendment Tote Bag. Use the Discount Code Holiday2020 to save on your holiday shopping today!

Gardens In The Desert: Cultivating Awareness Release

“One definition of cultivating is “fostering growth.” I chose the theme, “Gardens in the Desert: Cultivating Awareness” because of this disconnect with our inherent selves. We can look to the natural world for the metaphors and analogies that help us navigate our modern life with the possibility of reconnecting with ourselves.”

~Robert Kostuck

This 8.5 x 11 full color book is Guest Edited by Robert Kostuck (now our new Editor-In-Chief) and features poet E. Ethelbert Miller. Gardens in the Desert: Cultivating Awareness contains 204 pages of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by contributors from all over the globe. Purchase your copy now!

Facebook Matches Donations on Giving Tuesday

Just for today, Tuesday, December 1st, your donation to Writing for Peace will be matched by Facebook when you give through our Facebook Fundraiser. Funds raised today will go directly to support our mission. With this matching program, we hope to raise $20,000. We’re a lean organization, run entirely by volunteers. Meeting this goal would cover DoveTales administration costs for the next year, including graphic design software, staffing, printing and distribution, and allow us to resume sending complimentary copies to all our contributors, our young writers and their school libraries, while allowing us to continue accepting submissions without charging a reading fee. Additionally, meeting this goal will fund our Youth Summit, including honorariums for our keynote speakers. Writing for Peace is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, Federal Tax ID Number, 45-2968027.


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Katie Arnold Joins Sunday LIVE, Tonight at 8pm ET

Sunday LIVE Host Brad Wetzler on Tonight’s Guest, Katie Arnold

Tonight, Writing for Peace Sunday Live welcomes memoirist and journalist Katie Arnold.  

I couldn’t be more excited to have Katie on the show. She will read from her memoir Running Home as well as from her various published essays.

I did the math this morning, and I realized that I’ve known Katie for 25 years. We got to know each other during our shared involvement with the editing and publishing of “Into Thin Air,” the longform magazine article by Jon Krakauer, which ran in Outside in the fall of 1996. Then, I was a 30-year-old editor working on the biggest assignment of my young career. Meanwhile, Katie was a twenty-something fact-checker with the near-impossible task of verifying Krakauer’s incredible account of the deadly storm on Mount Everest that took the lives of 10 people. I say, nearly impossible because the minds of EVERYBODY involved in the story,  including Krakauer, was compromised by hypoxia and trauma. During the month that that story came together, Katie appeared at my office door dozens of times a day with new revelations, facts, twists, and wrinkles in that ground-breaking, tragic adventure story. Together, we got through that experience, and we both went on to have careers as editors and magazine writers. Flash forward 25 years, and Katie, now an author, mother of two girls, an elite ultra-distance runner, and a Zen Buddhist, is at work on her second book. I am curious to talk with her about all of it. I’m especially curious to hear her thoughts on how writing helped her heal the grief of the loss of her father, how running and meditation fuel her creativity. I also hope to hear more about her strong belief that we, kids especially, need time in wild places in order to thrive and feel connected to ourselves and our world.  We will also get a peek into her next book, which she is currently writing. It promises to be an extraordinary night of storytelling and reflection. I hope to see you on Zoom with us at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT. 

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Sunday Live Host Brad Wetzler

Sunday LIVE Host Brad Wetzler is an author, journalist, editor, and teacher. A former senior editor at Outside and former contributing editor at George and National Geographic Adventure magazines, Wetzler traveled the world writing articles about far-ranging topics including politics, exploration, the environment, travel, and sport. His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Wired, GQ, National Geographic, Men’s Journal, Yoga Journal, Travel + Leisure, the Best American Travel Writing series, and many other publications. He is a former columnist for Outside and Universal Press Syndicate, and his book, Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat, was published by W.W. Norton’s Countryman Press. He is working on a travel memoir about faith, yoga, and the psychology of spiritual seeking. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he writes, edits, teaches yoga, and hikes the Front Range with his dog Tommy.

About Katie Arnold:

Katie Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. She created and launched the popular Raising Rippers column, about bringing up adventurous kids, which appears monthly on Outside Online and has grown to become one of the site’s most popular blogs. Her 2014 story “Don’t Let Youth Sports Hijack Your Life” was one of the most-read posts on Outside Online. Her 2018 essay in Outside Magazine, “Want a Strong Kid? Encourage Play, Not Competition,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in service journalism.

In addition to Outside, her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Men’s JournalESPN the MagazineMarie ClaireRunner’s WorldElle, and Sunset, among others. Her long-form profiles have been named runner-up in The Best American Sports Writing 2008 and nominated for a Western Publishing Association magazine award, and her essays have been anthologized in Woman’s Best Friend, Another Mother Runner, and P.S. What I Didn’t Tell you. She is co-author of the blog Writing from the Nest., and she edited the photography book, Rio Grande: An Eagle’s View, published by WildEarth Guardians.

Katie has been awarded prestigious literary fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she was named the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow in 2016. She has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, as well as on Ultrarunner Podcast and the Upaya Zen Center Podcast, among others. She has three times been a guest lecturer at Colorado College’s “Writing Wild: Literary Journalism of the Outdoors” course, and teaches writing workshops exploring the link between movement and creativity.

An elite ultra runner, Katie is the 2018 women’s champion of Leadville Trail 100 Run, where she finished 11th overall in field of more than 700 runners. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is a two-time overall champion and course record holder at the  Angel Fire 100K. Katie is a sponsored athlete for GU Energy Labs and Balega Socks. As part of her ongoing effort to encourage young athletes, she founded a children’s trail running club, gives motivational talks, and coaches girls’ lacrosse in Santa Fe.

Katie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Steve Barrett, their two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, she likes to ride her bike, ski, go on river trips, hike, write fiction, and read. A restless and fledging student of Zen, she is slowly learning to sit still, but she’s happiest outside in motion. As the poet Mary Oliver once said, “I don’t like to be indoors.”

Running Home is her first book.

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Robert Kostuck and Adriana Páramo DoveTales Announcements, and Katie Arnold Joins Sunday LIVE

From our Editor-in-Chief, Robert Kostuck

Carmel Mawle has offered me the position of Editor-In-Chief for Writing For Peace. This follows our informal yet complex working relationship of the past 8 years. I’ve accepted and am grateful and excited for this opportunity to be more involved with WFP.

I have an M.Ed. degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University. In younger years I was a professional visual artist—creating paintings, prints, and relief sculptures. Dozens of my short stories, essays, and book reviews appear in literary print and online journals. I was the DoveTales editor for the “Gardens in the Desert” issue and assisted on the “Resistance” issue. I invite you to explore my blog, here, a Northwest to Southeast writing collaboration between Laura Stangel Schmidt on Whidbey Island, WA, and myself in Clearwater, FL, and a sampling of my fiction and book reviews here.

A good editor brings clarity to an author’s work. I will be that editor.
Peace in all things,
Robert Kostuck

From our 2021 DoveTales Guest Editor, Adriana Páramo

Letters from the Self to the World

Reading Period Now Open: November 25th, 2020 – March 1st, 2021

At some time in our lives, we are, among other things, a conglomerate of silences. The unspoken words remain within us, burdening and burning, passively but relentlessly gnawing at us, begging to be let out of their lair where they live for days, months, years, whole lives.

How do we reconcile our hopes for peace with our inner turmoil? Shouldn’t we be the first beneficiaries of our peaceful activism efforts? Should we not actively fight our inner demons, confront past and present ghosts, lighten the crushing weight of our cumulative Should’ve saids, I should’ve dones? Isn’t self-empathy an essential first step towards the experience of compassion for the living world around us?

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the word Epistle in straightforward terms: a composition in prose or poetry written in the form of a letter to a particular person or group. It is my hope that you accept this invitation, open your heart, and write your unspoken truths. Send us a letter you never thought you’d write, you know, the one you’ve been toying with for years, or sit down and get that “thing” off your chest that can only start with a cathartic ‘Dear X’. Write to a member of your family, an old flame, a politician, a group of people. It could be a humorous rant, a thank you message, a confession, a belated indictment, a love note, or a message asking for or offering forgiveness.

Whether you write this letter to someone else or yourself (how about a letter to a younger self?), write it with your gut, throat, and knuckles; with tender wrists and beating hearts; with rage and fire and love.

In sum: Write your heart out.

Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist, writer and women’s rights advocate. She is the author of Looking for Esperanza, My Mother’s Funeral, and Unsent Letters to My Mother. Her essays have appeared in multiple literary magazines and been noted in The Best American Essays for consecutive years. She teaches creative nonfiction writing in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University. Currently, she writes from the Middle East, where oddly enough, she works as a yoga and fitness instructor.


Katie Arnold Joins Sunday LIVE

This Sunday, November 29 at 8:00 pm ET, Join Host Brad Wetzler when he welcomes journalist, memoirist, and elite ultra runner Katie Arnold to our weekly Sunday Live Reading.

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Katie Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for 12 years. She created and launched the popular Raising Rippers column, about bringing up adventurous kids, which appears monthly on Outside Online and has grown to become one of the site’s most popular blogs. Her 2014 story “Don’t Let Youth Sports Hijack Your Life” was one of the most-read posts on Outside Online. Her 2018 essay in Outside Magazine, “Want a Strong Kid? Encourage Play, Not Competition,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award in service journalism.

In addition to Outside, her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Men’s JournalESPN the MagazineMarie ClaireRunner’s WorldElle, and Sunset, among others. Her long-form profiles have been named runner-up in The Best American Sports Writing 2008 and nominated for a Western Publishing Association magazine award, and her essays have been anthologized in Woman’s Best Friend, Another Mother Runner, and P.S. What I Didn’t Tell you. She is co-author of the blog Writing from the Nest., and she edited the photography book, Rio Grande: An Eagle’s View, published by WildEarth Guardians.

Katie has been awarded prestigious literary fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she was named the Robert and Stephanie Olmsted Fellow in 2016. She has been featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, as well as on Ultrarunner Podcast and the Upaya Zen Center Podcast, among others. She has three times been a guest lecturer at Colorado College’s “Writing Wild: Literary Journalism of the Outdoors” course, and teaches writing workshops exploring the link between movement and creativity.

An elite ultra runner, Katie is the 2018 women’s champion of Leadville Trail 100 Run, where she finished 11th overall in field of more than 700 runners. She won the 2018 Jemez Mountains 50 Mile, 2014 TransRockies 3-Day Trail Run, Jemez Mountains 50K, the Mount Taylor 50K. She is a two-time overall champion and course record holder at the  Angel Fire 100K. Katie is a sponsored athlete for GU Energy Labs and Balega Socks. As part of her ongoing effort to encourage young athletes, she founded a children’s trail running club, gives motivational talks, and coaches girls’ lacrosse in Santa Fe.

Katie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Steve Barrett, their two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, she likes to ride her bike, ski, go on river trips, hike, write fiction, and read. A restless and fledging student of Zen, she is slowly learning to sit still, but she’s happiest outside in motion. As the poet Mary Oliver once said, “I don’t like to be indoors.”


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Sunday LIVE Welcomes William O’Daly, Tonight at 8pm ET

William O’Daly Joins Sunday Live

This Sunday, November 22 at 8:00 pm ET, Join Host Brad Wetzler when he welcomes poet, essayist and translator William O’Daly to our weekly Sunday Live Reading. Come and learn about the crossroads between water and poetry with this poet dedicated to the future of California’s water.

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. All nine Neruda translations are published by Copper Canyon Press. O’Daly’s books of poems include The Whale in the Web, also published by Copper Canyon, as well as The Road to Isla Negra (2015), Water Ways (2017, a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke (2018), the latter three published by Folded Word Press. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, O’Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry. 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 has served on the national board of Poets Against War. Currently, he is Lead Writer for the California Water Plan, the Golden State’s strategic plan for sustainably managing water resources. Visit his website for further information and sample poems, essays, and interviews.

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Be sure to order your copy of RESISTANCE, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler, with featured Writer Martín Espada. It’s a powerful expression of our First Amendment Rights. It always  makes me so happy to send our DoveTales all over the world, but I have to say one of the highlights for me this year was mailing copies of RESISTANCE to Russia. It does my heart good to know there are Writers for Peace in every nook and cranny on our beautiful planet.


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Gardens In The Desert, William O’Daly Joins Sunday Live

Carmel Mawle, W4P President

November, in the U.S., is traditionally the month of gratitude. Good news has been little and far between for the last few years and it is a strange dichotomy between the suffering and sadness of separation and loss during this pandemic, and the new hope on the horizon. Science, despite all news to the contrary, seems to be winning out in the end. The assault on our First Amendment Rights has bruised but not broken us. The incoming administration is not perfect, but it does seem to be focused on the environment and correcting the unthinkable injustices endured by families seeking refuge, citizens battered and killed by the police hired to protect us all, the for-profit prison system, and a healthcare system designed to profit off the suffering and vulnerability of citizens at their mercy. The list goes on and on,  but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We hope children who have been detained for months or longer will be reunited with their families soon. New immunizations seem promising and, if not this holiday season, we also hope to be able to come together again soon. For now, we have Zoom, which has been a blessing to our international organization, bringing members together virtually to learn and grow and be inspired through our Sunday Live Readings, Hosted by Brad Wetzler.

At Writing for Peace, we truly have much to be grateful for. Last week, I shared with you the wonderful news about Robert Kostuck accepting the position of Editor-in-Chief of DoveTales. He’s already hard at work on our next DoveTales, but I know he’ll want to tell you about that himself soon. I am finishing up the last details of publishing our print copy of GARDENS IN THE DESERT: CULTIVATING AWARENESS, Winter Edition 2020, Issue II. Robert Kostuck was the Guest Editor for this beautiful book, and the amazing E. Ethelbert Miller was our featured writer. The print copy will be available for ordering on December 1st, in plenty of time for your holiday shopping.

In the meantime, be sure to order your copy of RESISTANCE, Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler, with featured Writer Martín Espada. It’s a powerful expression of our First Amendment Rights. It always  makes me so happy to send our DoveTales all over the world, but I have to say one of the highlights for me this year was mailing copies of RESISTANCE to Russia. It does my heart good to know there are Writers for Peace in every nook and cranny on our beautiful planet.

Read on to learn about William O’Daly, Host Brad Wetzler’s guest this weekend on Sunday LIVE. I hope you can join us!

Stay safe and well, and keep on writing!
Carmel

William O’Daly Joins Sunday Live

This Sunday, November 22 at 8:00 pm ET, Join Host Brad Wetzler when he welcomes poet, essayist and translator William O’Daly to our weekly Sunday Live Reading.

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. All nine Neruda translations are published by Copper Canyon Press. O’Daly’s books of poems include The Whale in the Web, also published by Copper Canyon, as well as The Road to Isla Negra (2015), Water Ways (2017, a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke (2018), the latter three published by Folded Word Press. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, O’Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry. 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 has served on the national board of Poets Against War. Currently, he is Lead Writer for the California Water Plan, the Golden State’s strategic plan for sustainably managing water resources. Visit his website for further information and sample poems, essays, and interviews.

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