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Newsletter Dated: 1/25/2008 11:37:42 AM

Subject: A Guide to Find Peace/Una Guia para encontrar la paz

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My new book is published now

María Cristina Azcona

A Guide to Find Peace

Author: María Cristina Azcona Binding: Paperback (pp: 222) ISBN: 978 - 81 - 8253 - 101 - 7 Availability: In Stock (Ships within 1 to 2 days) Publisher: Pub. Date: 2008 Condition: New Description: María Cristina Azcona from Argentina wears several hats. She is a poet, psychologist, fiction writer, editor and researcher. She is also involved in peace organizations, like the IFLAC (The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace), for which she is one of the directors. Azcona founded Bilingual MCA, a non - profit organization, to promote bilingual literature for peace, and edits an e - zine for the promotion of peace by bilingual poets worldwide. She also organizes poetry readings for the members of this organization, who visit Argentina.

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I have thirty - two long years working professionally. During the first twenty years I attended behavioral and learning problems in children. During the innumerable sessions of family that I carried out, to diagnose emotionally and then to orient the parents on the ways in which they should treat their children, I discovered the imperceptible threads that connect these problems with parents¨ attitudes and emotional factors, in a clear relation of cause and effect. Subsequently I could go detecting the processes that carry to the construction of a solid conjugal, familiar and personal happiness, through the cultivation of the human virtues and the education in values. Finally I get interest into the reach of peace through the cultivation of literature and especially through the cultivation of poetry.

This book develops a procedure to help the individuals, families and all social groups to find peace, by the promotion and the diffusion of thoughts that are indispensable for a sane social development. This diffusion could be possible by the systematic and non systematic education, using literature and culture that are able to lead us towards peace. A serene mind, a state of tranquil spirit and a harmonious, altruistic way of life are capable to transform Earth into a Peace Universe.

We need to create a solid equilibrium between the members of the social cells: families and then neighborhoods. But how can we achieve these goals? The literature that involves high values and especially the peace poetry can be innovative instruments to help us in this attempt.

To cite other matters, the concept of the peace that I present in this book is the general from personal to social levels.

Personal peace can be reached through the development of a mind free of stimulus after relaxation, meditation and even pray. Literature is a great help in this direction. Familiar conflicts can be resolved using literary activities too.

Social peace is not only the lack of violence but above all, the presence of a continuous and vivid equilibrium in the interior of social groups. We need to study the ways to maintain societies far from compulsive repetition of the social violence. Recent investigations found that history characters that have perpetrated genocides or other crimes against humanity have had a terrible infancy. We need to understand the delicate mechanisms of history and the psychological causes of political decisions. Consistently, the extraordinary way to prevent the social violence is the education of new generations in the maintenance of peace as a main and important value to be maintained and to be cultivated by all. Globalization has created a new environment where the interchanging of diverse cultural values is practiced daily. Particularly, Bilingual Literature is the main cultural activity that transports the cultural meanings that are fond of peace, in the meaning of equilibrium, harmony and serenity.

María Cristina Azcona


María Cristina Azcona is an Educational Psychologist, poetess, novelist and peace researcher. Her articles, reviews, poems and short stories are continuously published in many newspapers, magazines and anthologies around Argentina, UK, India, US, and other countries. Since 1980, she works as a psychotherapist specialized in Forensic Psycho diagnosis, listed by the American Biographical Institute (ABI) in their international directory "Experts & Expertise". (US)

She was born in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, where she lives joined to her family. In 1998, she won First Prize in the poetry contest by the Academic Circle of Argentinean Writers. After she had been finalist in many contests of poetry by different literary institutions. She has written and published four books: The poetry collections, "Dos Talles Menos de Cerebro" (1999) and "Mundo Postmoderno" (2000), both books fully illustrated by the author herself. A novel "La Voz del Ángel" (2002) and the essay, "Estar de Novios Hoy", (2003), this one written jointly with her husband, Ernesto Castellano.

In 2000 she started to write bilingually, with a unique intention: to spread her peace ideals, worldwide. In 2001, she founded the nonprofit organization "Bilingual MCA" to promote bilingual literature for peace, and since then, she edits a philanthropic E - zine dedicated to the publication and promotion of exquisite peace poems by many bilingual poets, worldwide. She has organized several poetry readings by members of this institution, who came to visit her country to recite their poems. Since 2002, she is Editorial Advisor for "The Taj Mahal Review", a bimonthly literary journal devoted to arts, literature, poetry and culture, published by India. During 2003 and 2004, she worked as a Bilingual Reviewer to Editorial El Ateneo and Director of Institutional Relations to the Argentine Center for Development of Writers. In 2004 she was selected as Director in Argentina for the International Forum for a Literature and a Culture of Peace (IFLAC). She directed several poetry contests in 2004 and 2005.

In 2005, she has been nominated as an honorary member of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Global Core Team, Columbia University, New York, US. In 2005 also, she was nominated as Universal Peace Ambassador in the framework of the Universal Ambassadors Peace Circle, Switzerland. During the last years she has worked for UNESCO as peace researcher writer and at the same time, her literary work has been extensively published worldwide.

The Once Orange Badge Poetry Supplement, UK, published her poem "Family Abuse". Since 2004, her articles and poems about Peace can be read at the EOLSS Encyclopedia, edited jointly by UNESCO - EOLSS Joint Committee, UK.

In the United States of America, her bilingual poems and articles can be read at printed publications like Spirit Magazine, EAP Bulletin, Poesia and Poesia News, Latino Today, Meeting of the Minds Journal and Poetry Magazine. (US)

The Literary Journal Taj Mahal Review (every issue) and the anthologies: The Golden Wings, Voyages, Explorers, New Pegasus, The Still Horizon, Symphonies, Harvests of New Millennium, all by, feature her best poems, reviews and comments.

Kabita Pakshik, Kolkata, India, has published her poetry in Bengali. Also in India, Leaves, The Mango Tree has published one of her articles and also her bilingual poetry. In Kerala, India and Jordan, her articles and poems have been published in several magazines and newspapers. Her articles, translations and poems are being published at other countries, like Norway, Romania, Greece and Brazil. She is usually invited to international congresses centered in Peace Literature. Her books are findable in the most important libraries in Argentina, and the Web.

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