Raving Dove, An Antiviolence Journal, Issues Winter Edition

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Nonprofit literary journal features thirteen poets and writers presenting antiviolence, pro-peace sentiments, at http://www.ravingdove.org.

Through creativity comes enlightenment, and through enlightenment comes greater understanding

Raving Dove, an antiviolence, anti-hate, pro-peace journal now entering its fifth year, has just published its winter 2008/2009 edition.

Raving Dove's mission is to share thought-provoking poetry, prose, and art that champions human rights and social justice--and opposes physical and psychological violence in all its forms, including war, discrimination against sexual orientation, and every shade of bigotry. Raving Dove, a nonpartisan, nonsectarian endeavor, is published quarterly.

Poets and writers in the winter edition include Bob Bradshaw, Chris Crittenden, John Darling, Howard Good, Rebecca Hainsworth, Courtney McDermott, Stella Hatzopoulos Paolacci, Ellen Jane Powers, John Repp, Adeline Scout, Judith Terzi, Ocean Vuong, and Jon Wesick.

In this edition, Raving Dove's nonfiction honors 99-year-old William Hammaker, the "Professor of Peace"; it takes us to the streets of Ireland and then back to the U.S., into the reflections of an ex-con. Fiction is a whimsical "what if," and poetry presents an inspired salmagundi of sentiments about violence and peace.

Raving Dove began publication in 2004 as an anti-war journal, in growing frustration to conflicts around the world that continued to be handled through orchestrated violence instead of diplomacy. Judgment appeared to be derailed and civilization locked in an arrested state of development. In the founding editorial, Raving Dove's editor, Jo-Ann Moss, wrote, "Perhaps it's the abbreviated information we receive that results in a CliffNotes compassion in otherwise civilized communities."

In late 2008, Raving Dove's mission expanded to include psychological violence. This includes hatred, both subtle and aggressive, of the many types of diversity that exist, including sexual orientation, race, creed, and humanity's many composites. Moss writes, "It's hard to believe that in 2008, the psychological violence of bigotry endures."

Raving Dove's goal is to pull together the most inspired expressions about the topic of violence and present them in one excellent publication. Sometimes opinions are best expressed through the creative thought processes employed when writing poetry and prose. "Through creativity comes enlightenment, and through enlightenment comes greater understanding," writes Moss.

Raving Dove is currently reviewing submissions for its March edition, and welcomes work from the published and unpublished, students, educators, retirees, and all those who are simply passionate about the journal's themes. Complete submission information is available at the journal's Web site.


Jo-Ann Moss
Raving Dove


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