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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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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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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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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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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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David Gilbreath Barton Reads Sunday, Resistance Now Available

Join Host Brad Wetzler this Sunday, October 25th, to hear author David Gilbreath Barton read from his new book Havel: Unfinished Revolution. A biography of Vaclav Havel, the Czech statesman, writer, and former political dissident, Havel served as the last President of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1992 and then as the first President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003.

David Gilbreath Barton is a Jungian psychotherapist, with 25 years of experience in working with dreams, myths, and the collective unconscious. He’s an Associate Professor of Humanities at Northern New Mexico College and the founder of The Salt Journal and the Salt Institute.

Meeting ID: 828 9897 7722
Mark Your Calendars for Next Sunday with Phil Richards!

Phillip Richards will join us on November 1st at 6pm MDT to read from his published and unpublished works. Phil Richards is a Professor Emeritus at Colgate University where he taught American and Afro-American Literature, as well as a literary journalist, scholar, and critic. His memoir, An Integrated Boyhood: Coming of Age in White Cleveland, tells the story of growing up black in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Black Heart: The Moral Life of Recent African American Letters is a history of black literary criticism.  He writes frequently about contemporary African American cultural issues and poetry.  His writing has appeared in Harper’sThe American ScholarThe Chronicle of Higher EducationCallaloo, the Journal of African American History, and Dissent. He is an Associate Editor of DoveTales, A Literary Journal of the Arts.


Resistance is Now Available

Purchase Resistance: DoveTales Summer 2020, Issue III

Book Description:
This 8.5 x 11 full color book is Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler and features poet Martín Espada. With 380 pages of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by contributors from all over the globe, including our 2020 Young Writers Contest Winners, Resistance is a powerful statement of our First Amendment Rights.

Page count: 380   Cost: $24.95


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Resistance Released & Dinty W. Moore Reads Friday Live

Resistance is now available in print!

This 8.5 x 11 full color book is Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler and features poet Martín Espada. With 380 pages of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by contributors from all over the globe, including our 2020 Young Writers Contest Winners, Resistance is a powerful statement of our First Amendment Rights.

Purchase Resistance Now


Dinty W. Moore Joins Friday Live, Sept 18th at 8pm ET

On September 18th, at 8pm ET, award Winning Author Dinty W. Moore will join us to read from his book The Mindful Writer and discuss parallels between mindfulness training and the path of an artist.

Dinty W. Moore is author of the award-winning memoir Between Panic & Desire, the writing guides The Story Cure and Crafting the Personal Essay, and two books centered on his spiritual journey, The Accidental Buddhist and The Mindful Writer. He has published essays and stories in The Georgia Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He is founding editor of Brevity, the journal of flash nonfiction, and teaches master classes and workshops across the United States as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. More information can be found at www.dintywmoore.com.

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Watch R.L. Maizes Reading

Photo Credit Adrianne Mathiowetz

If you missed our August 21st Friday Live with author R.L. Maizes, you can watch the watch her reading here.

R.L. Maizes is the author of the novel OTHER PEOPLE’S PETS (Celadon Books, Macmillan) and the short story collection WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER (Celadon Books). Her stories have aired on National Public Radio and have appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and have aired on NPR.

Maizes was born and raised in Queens, New York, and lives in Boulder County, CO, with her husband, Steve, and her muses: Arie, a cat who was dropped in the animal shelter’s night box like an overdue library book, and Rosie, a dog who spent her first year homeless in South Dakota and thinks Colorado is downright balmy.


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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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