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Arts and Literature

Notable returned Peace Corps Volunteers in arts and literature.

  • Ron Arias
    Ron Arias

    author of The Road to Tamazunchale (Peru, 1963-64)

    His Peace Corps experience helped Arias cover stories in developing countries across the Americas and Africa.

  • Edmund Blair Bolles,

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

  • Catherine Bowman,

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

  • Mark Brazaitis,

    author of (Guatemala 1990-93)

  • Lisa Fisher Cazacu,

    author of Bread Salt & Plum Brandy (Romania, 2002-04)

  • 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,

    Academy award-winning producer of Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman; and The Devil's Advocate (Bolivia, 1968-69)

  • Kent Haruf,

    author of Plainsong , recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature (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)

  • Laurence 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
    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)

Last updated Nov 20 2013

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