Arizona Literature

I am considering myself lucky this week. Yesterday I attended a talk/reading held by Alberto Rios, Arizona's first poet laureate, at the Phoenix Public Library. Rios joins the "Peacemaker," palo verde and the bolo-tie as things so purely Arizonan they are actually recognized as unique representations of the Arizona experience. Some examples of Rio's work can be [...]

Ethiopia and Reaching Home

After finishing 27 months in Zambia and wrapping up my Peace Corps service. I spent a short week in Nairobi visiting an old Sudanese friend and then met another Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia to travel around for one month. I followed this with more traveling, but I've been home in Phoenix, Ariz. since October. [...]

Updates

I just finished a long stretch in the village, maybe three months, just within my district and neighboring Ikelenge. No trips to Solwezi or Lusaka or to other provinces and by chance no internet (since it is out in our BOMA). Instead I spent a lot of time riding my bike around and visiting other [...]

Life in Samuteba

I just returned to Solwezi, our provincial capital, after a two and a half week conference in Lusaka. While it was refreshing to see all the familiar faces from training, it also felt like a sensory overload to be in Lusaka. I went to have Indian, Thai, Ethiopian food and paid more for one meal [...]

Zambia is home

While this message comes a few weeks overdue, I am finally living and an alien resident in Zambia. In fact only two days remain for me in my provincial capital before I am taken to my village: Samuteba, Mwinilunga district, Northwestern Province, Zambia. It is daunting, after so much training and traveling. I know I'm [...]