Writing for Peace welcomes two new members to our Advisory Panel. Adriana Paramo is a cultural anthropologist and writer. Dr. Margaret Flowers is a physician and healthcare activist. Both have demonstrated a commitment to the practice of their arts that led to a greater social commitment and activism. Subscribe to our blog to receive posts from these and other inspirational Advisory Panel members.
Adriana Paramo is a Colombian writer and cultural anthropologist who, following research in Kuwait and the United States, advocates for immigrant women’s rights. She designed a tool to assess the quality of life of Indian servants living in Kuwaiti work camps, reflected in her CNF manuscript, “Desert Butterflies.” She wrote about her extensive work with Florida’s immigrant farming community in her book, “Looking for Esperanza,” the winner of the 2011 Social Justice and Equality Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her memoir, “My Mother’s Funeral,” set in Colombia, will soon be published by CavanKerry Press. Learn more about Adriana Paramo here.
Dr. Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who left practice to advocate full-time for single-payer health insurance. Despite broad citizen support, Dr. Flowers was stunned by the institutional opposition to the single-payer solution during the national health reform process. In response, she organized protests and was arrested three times for peaceful acts of civil disobedience. Now she is determined to not only change our national healthcare system, but to build an independent, nonviolent broad-based social, economic and environmental justice movement to transform this country. Says Dr. Flowers, “One of the greatest drivers of poor health is wealth inequality.” Learn more about Dr. Margaret Flowers here.
Guidelines are up for our Young Writers Contest, and this year we are accepting entries online. The contest is open to writers, ages 13-19, in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry divisions. Winners will receive cash awards, be featured in an issue of DoveTales, and receive a hard copy of the journal. You can find the guidelines online here. Learn about our 2012 Winners here.
DoveTales Call for Submissions
The Writing for Peace literary journal, DoveTales, is accepting submissions for our inaugural issue to be published online and by print-on-demand on January 1st. Check out our submission guidelines here.
Become a Writing for Peace Mentor
Consider becoming a part of the Writing for Peace mentoring program. Mentors encourage and guide young writers from all over the world, answering craft questions, offering encouragement, and suggestions for further research. Depending on a mentor’s areas of expertise, they may field questions about various peace, human rights, or environmental activism. A mentor might be asked to answer questions about cultural or social issues. Volunteering as a Writing for Peace mentor is a unique way to make a difference through your own writing and life experience. You can find the mentor application here.
Don’t miss our next post, when we’ll hear from Phillip Richards. Phillip is a member of the Writing for Peace Board of Directors and a Colgate University Professor. Learn more about Phillip Richards here.
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