March 11, 2005: Headlines: Coyne Column: Writers: COS - Ethiopia: COS - Togo: Writing - Togo: PCOL Exclusive: Vanity Fair publishes Winning Essay by PCV

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The Coyne Column: Vanity Fair publishes Winning Essay by PCV

The Coyne Column: Vanity Fair publishes Winning Essay by PCV

The Coyne Column: Vanity Fair publishes Winning Essay by PCV

Vanity Fair Winning Essay by PCV

John P. Coyne

PCV Liz Richardson's lovely essay is in the current issue (April 2005) of Vanity Fair (page 158 if you just want to skim it at the magazine counter.) It is the winner of the first Vanity Fair Essay Contest which asked readers to "explain the character of the American people to the rest of the world." According to Liz, who was contacted by PeaceCorpsWriters in Lome, where she is a Health Volunteer, said, I heard about the contest from my mother. She told me on a phone conversation last July, right before I headed up to IST (In-Service Training). On the whole IST tends to drag, and I thought it seemed like a good way to spend the time that didn't involve beer or complaining about having to be at IST. The subject of the essay was supposed to be: explain the character of the American people to the rest of the world, but I spent a good portion of the essay talking about Togo, about what it's like being a Volunteer, since so much of my view of the United States is colored by my experiences here. Liz is from North Carolina, and graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in anthropology and French. This is her first publication.

Her essay, "To Sleep, Perchance," reflects on her time in the Peace Corps, her difficulty explaining the American character to the residents of the African village where she lives, and her personal impressions of who the typical American is and strives to be. Liz will receive a $15,000 prize, a Montblanc Meisterstück 149 fountain pen, and a week-long trip to the Santa Maddalena writers' colony, in Tuscany. It was selected from over 4,000 essays entered in the contest.

Read the winning essay at the top of this page.




John Coyne is the Editor of the Peace Corps Writers web site.






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