Notable former Peace Corps Volunteers in Arts and literature

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Notable former Peace Corps Volunteers in Arts and Literature.

Edmund Blair Bolles, author of A Second Way of Knowing (Tanzania 1966-68)

Catherine Bowman, author of Rock Farm and 1-800-HOT-RIBS; recipient of Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize (Niger 1984-86)

Mark Brazaitis, author of River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala (Guatemala 1990-93)

Broughton Coburn, author of Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (Nepal 1976-78)

Richard "Kinky" Friedman, author of Blast From the Past (Malaysia 1967-69)

Taylor Hackford, movie producer of Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman; and The Devil's Advocate (Bolivia 1968-69)

Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong (Turkey 1966-68)

Susana Herrera, author of Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin; contributor to Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Commitment (Cameroon 1992-94)

Peter Hessler, author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (China 1996-97)

Lawrence Leamer, author of The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family (Nepal 1965-67)

Peter Lefcourt, television writer and author of The Woody (Togo 1962-64)

Leonard Levitt, reporter for Newsday and author of An African Season (Tanzania 1963-65)

Phillip Margolin, author of Gone, But Not Forgotten; and The Burning Man (Liberia 1962-64)

Martin Puryear, sculptor (Sierra Leone 1964-66)

Robert D. Mowry, Dworsky Curator of Chinese Arts at Harvard (Korea 1967-69)

Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Island, winner of the American Book Award (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76)

Joel Shapiro, sculptor (India 1965-67)

Mildred Taylor, author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, winner of Newbery Award (Ethiopia 1965-67)

Paul Theroux, author of Mosquito Coast and Great Railway Bazaar (Malawi 1963-65) Theroux is the author of numerous books, from The Mosquito Coast to Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985-2000.

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, author of An American Killing (Cameroon 1965-67)

Annabelle Townson, author of We Wait For You (Romania 2001-2003)

Richard Wiley, author of Ahmed's Revenge and Soldiers in Hiding, winner of PEN/Faulkner Award (Korea 1967-69)

External Links[edit]

Notable former Peace Corps Volunteers in Arts and literature Official US Peace Corps Website