Alice Pettway 's work has appeared in over 30 print and online journals, including The Bitter Oleander, The Connecticut Review, Folio, Keyhole, and WomenArts Quarterly. Her chapbook, "Barbed Wire and Bedclothes," was published by Spire Press in 2009, and her full-length collection, The Time of Hunger | 'O Tempo de Chuva,' is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in February 2017. Pettway is a former Lily Peter fellow, Raymond L. Barnes Poetry Award winner, and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Currently, she teaches creative writing in Bogotá, Colombia. alicepettway.com
News · Travel

All Hands Volunteers Pull Together With Ecuadorean Communities

By Alice Pettway
By Alice Pettway

When my partner and I heard about the devastating earthquake in Ecuador last spring, we knew we wanted to help. But we were also wary of throwing in with an organization that might do more harm than good. The earthquake damage was more apparent with each mile that passed—cracks in the road, rubble, half-houses spilling reminders of normal life. It was obvious how much help was needed, and we hoped that All Hands Volunteers Ecuador Earthquake Response was doing a good job. They were—and they are.

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News · Politics · Travel

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Bridging the Gap

By Alice Pettway
By Alice Pettway

The Cuban immigration officer looked at me askance when I told him I’d like my U.S. passport stamped. My accent stood out in a whirlwind of European and South American voices. My anxiety wasn’t lessened as my taxi from the airport passed billboards referring to "El Bloqueo"—the blockade—as genocide.

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Arts & Culture · Poetry

Cuba: A Poet’s Perspective

By Alice Pettway
By Alice Pettway

Despite my best efforts, my objectivity slowly melted over the course of two weeks of travel. I found myself deeply inspired by not just the physical Cuba, but by Cubans and their dedication to and admiration of art in all forms.

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Lifestyle

A Journey Through the Peace Corps: Letter From Mozambique

By Alice Pettway
The last time we heard about the latest adventures of poet and  frequent WVFC contributor Alice Pettway, she was processing an abrupt shift in her Peace Corps plans after her posting in Mauritania was canceled. But we’ve just learned, and are happy to report, that Alice’s new Peace Corps country director, in Mozambique, has agreed to allow her to blog…
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Lifestyle

Perspective 101

By Alice Pettway
Nothing puts you in your place quite like being outwitted by a couple of chipmunks.I know; I spent 48 hours battling them for the modest rations of food meant to sustain me and my husband, AJ Pettway, during a two-week hike in southwest Colorado. I’m relieved to report that after two destroyed ditty bags and the loss of ten packets…
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Lifestyle

The Empty Suitcase: A Journey Into the Peace Corps

By Alice Pettway
Trading a carob energy bar for your best friend’s onion rings isn’t an easy task at seven. Neither is explaining why you don’t have cable or air conditioning at your house. Most of my childhood was spent trying to comprehend why my mother wouldn’t just conform, make things simpler.  I couldn’t understand her willful denial of all things normal. I…
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