Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal
It is most fitting that this first installment of the new online Journal of the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center should take as its theme gateways, doors, windows, and openings of all kinds. For the entire history of human written communication, text of all sorts has provided for its readers portals, entry ways into new worlds of thought, experience and imagination. The newest sort of window – computer, e-reader and cell phone screens – has expanded exponentially the number of new worlds now available to readers.
This newest journal, with its offerings of essays, stories, and poetry, seeks to publish material that resonates with the values and mission of Pearl S. Buck International and its founder, activist, humanitarian, and prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck. Ms. Buck was known for her ability to break down walls of ignorance and prejudice separating cultures, genders, and races, opening up windows of understanding and opportunity. She worked diligently to create entry ways and access to freedom, equality, and dignity for all people, especially the marginalized children of the world.
We hope that the readings in this first volume and future volumes will lead readers through doors and gateways into worlds enlightened and informed by this great human being.
Carol A. Breslin, PhD
Professor of English emerita
Gwynedd Mercy University
(Click title to read selection. Author’s biography at end of contribution)