HELENE SCHWEITZER: A LIFE OF HER OWN was published in April of 2015 by Syracuse University Press. This is the first biography in English about the remarkable woman who was the co-founder and lifelong supporter of the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, French Equatorial Africa. She was also a pioneer of social work, registered nurse, and indispensable editorial assistant in the writings of her husband, Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965). See my BOOK TALK page for ongoing news and endorsements. "On Writing the Life of Helene Schweitzer" is a companion essay to this book with resources for BOOK CLUBS. (Kindle Edition Only.)

The first-ever English translation of "Chant de Notre Rhone" by C. F. Ramuz (1878-1947) appeared in a beautiful bilingual edition from Onesuch Press. This reflective prose poem, originally published in 1920, is an artful ode to the land and the people living along the Rhone River as it winds through Switzerland and France into the Mediterranean Sea. It was great to see this book reviewed in the online "Music and Literature Magazine" (March 24, 2015) and the Times Literary Supplement (August 21, 2015)

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A critical essay and review of Michelle Bailat-Jones's translation of BEAUTY ON EARTH (Nonesuch Press, 2013). Read in here in the April 2016 issue of ASYMPTOTE:

"A Taste of Immortality: The Post-Earthquake Haitian Novel" in The Critical Flame (Nov/Dec 2015). Read it here:

"Listen to My Clamor: Jacques Roumain's 'Call to Arms'" in the Journal of Haitian Studies Special Issue on the American Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934 edited by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith (Fall 2015)

"Jacques Roumain & Langston Hughes: A Haitian-American Friendship," unpublished paper presented at the 2016 Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

"Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own" appeared in spring 2015 from Syracuse University Press. Please see the BOOK TALK page of this website for further info and endorsements.
A companion to "Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own," this essay speaks to readers and writers as it reflects on the author's journey and engages readers in the process of interpreting a little-known life. Kindle Edition Only.

These essays go beneath the surface of life in Switzerland as they combine culture, history, and personal experience. The 2nd Edition includes "Gateau de Payerne," winner of the Geneva Writers Non-Fiction Literary Award in 2013.
What a privilege to have been the first to bring this poetic "ode" to the Rhone by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz into English. As the author said, "I sing here of the soul of a river, and this soul never dies."

Seven essays on islands with French connections focus on the culture, history, and one woman's experience of travel amidst "floating worlds." This book was a finalist in the Writers' League of Texas Nonfiction Book Awards (2009). Available in print or Kindle editions.
This collection of short stories set in Haiti, with one exception, explores the "outsider's lens" we often bring to Haitian culture. Published by Educa Vision in 2010 after being shortlisted for the Paris Prize for Fiction. A Teacher’s Guide is also available.

"Albert Schweitzer's Lambarene - A Legacy of Humanity for Our World Today" was written by Jo and Walter Munz. My translaton of this story of the Schweitzer Hospital since 1965 was sponsored by nine international Schweitzer organizations.
High School and/or College Level teachers will find useful tools in this Teacher's Guide to inspire discussions of cultural differences and moral dilemmas that arise in my story collection, Tales from the Heart of Haiti.

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