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Noah Davis Joins Sunday Live with Juniper Moon

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 with Juniper Moon

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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Derek Sheffield joins Sunday LIVE with Host Juniper Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tonight, producer Juniper Moon welcomes poet Derek Sheffield to our second Sunday LIVE of the New Year. “I’m looking forward to hearing Derek read from his new book Not for Luck and catch up on what creative adventures are on the horizon,” says Juniper.

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

 

 

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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.

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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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Lauren Camp joins Sunday LIVE with Host Juniper Moon

This Sunday, January 3rd, at 8pm ET, host Juniper Moon welcomes Lauren Camp, who will read from her latest book, Took House (Tupelo Press).

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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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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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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