Michael Simms Joins Sunday LIVE, DoveTales Extended, and Other W4P News

Michael Simms Joins Sunday LIVE with Juniper Moon

Join us this Sunday at 8pm ET to welcome Michael Simms to our Sunday LIVE program with host Juniper Moon.

Michael Simms, Writer and Editor

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

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Spring DoveTales Update: Letters from the Self to the World

Guest Editor Adriana Paramo

Our international literary journal, DoveTales, has always been a repository for wisdom and expressions of joy, sorrow, frustration and outrage. It is a place where writers and artists can express themselves freely, raising awareness of our common humanity and the many aspects of life on this globe that we celebrate, honor, or work together to change. The work we see coming in for our latest journal, Letters from the Self to the World (guest edited by Adriana Paramo) continue this tradition beautifully.

Editor-in-Chief Robert Kostuck

In the midst of the pandemic and the resurgence of white supremacy, we honor the transitions that unity made possible. We’re grateful for this change in direction, acknowledging the distance we still have to go. There is much work to do to achieve a more just, peaceful, and democratic world.

With all this in mind, our Editor-in-Chief, Robert Kostuck, has made the decision to leave our reading open a bit longer, extending our deadlines to April 1st and postponing publication of DoveTales to May 15th.

Amid the devastation of lives lost and the hope for better things, now is the time to write your letter to the world. We look forward to reading it.

Read the full Guidelines here.

Young Writers Contest Extended

We invite young writers (ages 13-19) to take the Writing for Peace challenge to develop empathy through creative writing. Our deadline has been extended to April 1st. Winners will be published in our international journal, DoveTales, and the Grand Prize Winner will win $200. Check out the guidelines here.


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CMarie Fuhrman Joins Sunday LIVE with Juniper Moon

Join us in welcoming CMarie Fuhrman to Sunday LIVE with Juniper Moon. Tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, at 8pm ET.

CMarie Fuhrman, poet, editor, and essayistCMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Broadsided Press, Taos  International Journal of Poetry and Art, as well as several anthologies.  CMarie is a regular columnist for the Inlander, the Translations Editor for Broadsided Press, Non Fiction Editor for High Desert Journal, and Director of the Elk River Writers Conference.  She resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.

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Young Writers Contest in Full Swing!

We invite young writers (ages 13-19) to take the Writing for Peace challenge to develop empathy through creative writing. Winners will be published in our international journal, DoveTales, and the Grand Prize Winner will win $200. Check out the guidelines here.


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Tina Schumann Joins Sunday LIVE

By Juniper Moon, Writing for Peace Artist-In-Residence and Sunday LIVE Host

This broadside was one of my first few, and designed and printed for the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. The type is heavy on the page, the metallic ink blend appears like fairy dust in some places, it was I believe my first project trying out the polymer process with my own artwork, and it was printed in August 2011.

My studio then was in an unheated garage and I printed by c-clamp light at night because I worked full time and had three kids at home.

My exhibit however many years ago showed the progression of my abilities and eventually linoblock carving prowess together with orchestrating the whitespace in new ways.

All the while over those same years, Tina was orchestrating her words on the page, and creating so much contemplative beauty that it demands not only its own expanse of whitespace to honor the words and let them breathe but your attention. They demand and deserve your attention. You will not be disappointed if you choose to spend time with us this evening.

About Tina Schumann:

Tina Schumann is a Pushcart nominated poet and the author of three poetry collections, Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019) which was a finalist in the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the Julie Suk Award, Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2017) which won the Diode Editions Chapbook Competition and As If (Parlor City Press, 2010) which was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. She is editor of the IPPY-award winning anthology Two Countries. U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen, 2017). Schumann’s work received the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal, finalist status in the Terrain.org annual poetry contest, as well as honorable mentions in The Atlantic and Crab Creek Review. She is a poetry editor with Wandering Aengus Press, and a graduate of the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Her poems have appeared widely in publications and anthologies since 1999, including The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, Cimarron Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Parabola, Palabra, Poetry Daily, Poemeleon, Rattle, Verse Daily, and read on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. www.tinaschumann.com

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Zoya Ahmed Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

Tonight, January 31 at 8pm ET, Juniper Moon welcomes Zoya Ahmed to our Sunday LIVE Reading. Join us to listen and learn from a younger generation!

Zoya Ahmed is the Sonoma County Poet Laureate. She was not only a 2019 California Poetry Out Loud finalist, but she won the 2019 California’s Poetry Ourselves competition with her original poem “A Concerto of Spice”. With her passion for social justice, she also directed and performed in the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly at Maria Carrillo High School. Ahmed attempts to embrace her rich South Asian ancestorhood, and confront the minutiae of privilege and power, microaggressions, and the facade of the American Dream. She hopes that her poems give all those who are silenced, a voice.

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Noah Davis Joins Sunday LIVE with Juniper Moon

Tonight, Noah Davis joins Sunday LIVE and will read from his book Of This River—poems of witness about Appalachia, a region that has shaped him and became an obsession. Noah Davis writes about the landscape that’s been violated and how that resonates through its people. Come hear what the “short-haired girl” has to say in this beautiful and dark collection of poems.

And, she has much to say.

Sunday, January 24 @ 8pm ET

Noah Davis grew up in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and writes about the Allegheny Front. Davis’ manuscript Of This River was selected by George Ella Lyon for the 2019 Wheelbarrow Emerging Poet Book Prize from Michigan State University’s Center for Poetry, and his poems and prose have appeared in The Sun, Best New Poets, Orion, North American Review, River Teeth, Sou’wester, and Chautauqua among others. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Poet Lore and Natural Bridge, and he has been awarded a Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the 2018 Jean Ritchie Appalachian Literature Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University. Davis earned an MFA from Indiana University and now lives with his wife, Nikea, in Missoula, Montana.

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Lia Purpura Joins Sunday LIVE

Juniper Welcomes Lia Purpura to Sunday LIVE Tonight

Host Juniper Moon welcomes essayist, poet, and translator Lia Purpura to our Sunday LIVE Reading. Tonight, Sunday, January 17th at 8pm ET.

A Word About tonight’s Guest from Host Juniper Moon

Sunday LIVE Host Juniper Moon

Before I started grad school a friend, Casey Fuller, said I must read a collection of essays by an amazing writer he met through the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. And, if Casey recommends something, you take notice.

The collection of essays is titled On Looking, by Lia Purpura, and has stayed with me all these years. I’ve returned in my mind many times to an essay about a visit to the morgue and her observations about seeing the body of man who had recently drowned in the river. Lia’s well-honed sense of particularized observation transcends the reader in not only her essays but her poetry which I studied in grad school.

All this to say, I’m so grateful Lia is the featured reader this Sunday for the Writing for Peace – Sunday Live reading series. You don’t need to take Casey’s or my word. Come find out for yourself. This is going to be a great reading.

Lia Purpura, the award winning essayist, poet, and translator, joins Sunday Live. If we’re lucky, we’ll hear some of her newest work–poems from It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin) and essays from All the Fierce Tethers (Sarabande Books).

Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and others.  Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Agni, Emergence, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, MD, where she is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has taught in the Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program, at Breadloaf Writers Conference, The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction MFA program and at conferences, workshops, and graduate programs throughout the country.

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Forgiveness Does Not Preclude Accountability, and Lia Purpura Joins Sunday LIVE

Forgiveness Does Not Preclude Accountability

By Carmel Mawle

“Thoughts and Prayers.”

On the surface, these words may seem heartfelt and well-meaning. But context is everything. “Thoughts and Prayers” spoken vapidly by our representatives in response to mass shootings becomes worse than meaningless. The words become tantamount to “I want to seem caring, but not endanger my funding from the NRA.”

“Unity and Forgiveness.”

Who could oppose “unity and forgiveness?” Here again, it’s all about context. After years of divisive rhetoric, voter suppression, and then (after losing the presidency and control of the Senate) encouraging an armed insurrection to overturn a democratic election, we have to ask why these criminals are now calling on “unity and forgiveness.” Of course, they are appealing to those of us who believe and work toward those values in hopes that they will not face the consequences of their traitorous actions. 

I don’t believe their expropriated words are completely meaningless. “Unity and Forgiveness” is a way forward out of the darkness of these last four years. But before forgiveness there must be accountability. Our president and every representative who perpetuated the lies that encouraged the deadly attack on our United States Capitol must be held accountable. Every news (or entertainment) agency and social media that carried these lies and incendiary language must be held accountable. The police who aided the terrorists, and of course everyone of the terrorists who breached the building should be held accountable. Their prison terms should reflect the damage they have inflicted on our democracy.

One line of thinking about forgiveness is that the guilty party must first repent and ask our forgiveness. And it’s true that does make it easier to forgive. That said, I’m not sure what the odds are that people under the influence of our unrepentant president will ever come to that point.

I’m not an expert on forgiveness, but I’ve found something that usually works for me. It’s more along the lines of “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” To loosely paraphrase MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, people who have all the facts will generally make the right decision. I believe the majority of people who marched on our capitol were deluded. They believed they were acting as patriots to “stop the steal.” They truly believe that immigrants and people of color are going to destroy the “America” they are uniquely entitled to. For that, I can pity and, in a sense, forgive them. They are the products of a concerted effort to spread lies for financial gain. They know not what they do. I hope they’ll have enough time in prison to see the error of their ways.

For those who knowingly perpetuate those delusions, I have a harder time with forgiveness. Still, I believe that the desire to hoard wealth, no matter who it injures, is another kind of delusion. It is a sickness. And when I think of it in those terms, I find some level of compassion for them. Yes, even forgiveness. Which is not to say that I will not be relieved to see every one of them behind bars. I doubt that they care whether we forgive them or not. Their primary concern is that they won’t face any consequences for their acts of sedition. But for me, for those of us who hope to regain confidence in our democracy, for our own peace of mind, I believe finding a glimmer of forgiveness will help us heal.

Let’s look forward to the new administration and do what needs to be done to find internal balance and peace. Forgiveness is not for those who have injured us, it is for us. Let’s begin the healing process and prepare ourselves for the work that lies ahead. For there will be much. 

Carmel Mawle founded Writing for Peace ten years ago with the idea that creative writing can develop greater empathy and contribute to a more peaceful world. She serves as president of the Board of Directors and writes from her home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Writing for Peace Welcomes Lia Purpura to Sunday LIVE

Join host Juniper Moon when she welcomes essayist, poet, and translator Lia Purpura to our Sunday LIVE Reading. This Sunday, January 17th at 8pm ET.

Lia Purpura, the award winning essayist, poet, and translator, joins Sunday Live. If we’re lucky, we’ll hear some of her newest work–poems from It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin) and essays from All the Fierce Tethers (Sarabande Books).

Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and others.  Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Agni, Emergence, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, MD, where she is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has taught in the Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program, at Breadloaf Writers Conference, The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction MFA program and at conferences, workshops, and graduate programs throughout the country.

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Don’t Miss Derek Sheffield Tonight On Sunday LIVE

This Sunday, January 10th, at 8pm ET, producer Juniper Moon welcomes poet Derek Sheffield to Sunday LIVE. Invite your friends and join us for some great conversation and inspiration!

Derek Sheffield will be reading from Not for Luck this evening, a collection that reflects simple humanity as one attuned with particularized attention, above and below the surface level tension of a day and a river. Come join us to hear how this attention resonates off the page and reflects one who cares about the steps he’s taking through the world, whether the speaker in the poem or the poet. It’s going to be fabulous.

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, which he coedited with Simmons Buntin and Elizabeth Dodd. He lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascades in Washington and is the poetry editor of Terrain.orgwww.dereksheffield.com

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Derek Sheffield Joins Sunday LIVE, Young Writers Contest Open & Other W4P News

This Sunday, January 10th, at 8pm ET, producer Juniper Moon welcomes poet Derek Sheffield to Sunday LIVE. Invite your friends and join us for some great conversation and inspiration!

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, which he coedited with Simmons Buntin and Elizabeth Dodd. He lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascades in Washington and is the poetry editor of Terrain.orgwww.dereksheffield.com

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Writing for Peace News

Writing for Peace Tenth Anniversary Celebration

During the month of January, we’re celebrating our Tenth Anniversary with 50% off all our books (while supplies last). To take advantage of this special offer, use the discount code YEAR10.

Check out all our books here.

DoveTales Call for Submissions

Our 2021 DoveTales call is “Letters from the Self to the World.” This is an exciting epistolary issue, guest edited by Adriana Páramo. The deadline is March 1st 2021, and it will be published on May 1st, 2021, both online and in print. Read the full guidelines here.

Young Writers Contest Open

Writing for Peace Young Writers' ContestWriting for Peace challenges young writers (ages 13-19) to expand their empathy skills by researching an unfamiliar culture and writing from the point-of-view of a character within that new world, while exploring social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes. The deadline for entrance is March 1st, 2021. Enter to Win our $200 Grand Prize. Check out our full guidelines here.


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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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