Peace Corps Writer Are You on this List?


I’m updating the list of Peace Corps Writers (This list below is from 2015). Have you published MORE THAN ONE BOOK? Are you a fulltime or part-time writer? Send me your name, Peace Corps and years, and/or drop a note in “Comments”.  I’m trying to keep up with all the great Peace Corps Writers who have recently published books of short stories, poetry, novels, memoirs or nonfiction! Many thanks. p.s. If I have ‘missed’ someone please let me know. I will continue to update this list.

D. Allman (Nepal 1966-68
Lauri Anderson (Nigeria 1963-65)
Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64)
Jim Averbeck (Cameroon 1990-94)
Bill Barich (Nigeria 1964-66)
Donald Beil (Somalia 1964-66)
Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996)
Mary Blocksma (Nigeria 1965-67)
Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93)
Geri Marr Burdman (Bolivia 1962-64)
Craig Carozzi (Colombia 1978-80)
Suzy McKee Charnas (Nigeria 1961-63)
C. Jai Ferry (Nanette Day, Turkmenistan 1994-1998)
Dexter Fisher aka Dexter Cirillo (Colombia, 1965-67)
Beverly Clark (Fiji 1971-73
Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968)
Steve Clapp (Nigeria 1962-64)
Dan Close (Ethiopia 1966-68)
Harlan Coben (PC/W 1982-84)
Tracey Cohen (Namibia 2003-05)
Christopher Conlon (Botswana 1988-90)
Kathleen Coskran (Ethiopia 1965-67)
Paul Cowan (Ecuador 1966-67)
John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Timothy Crouse (Morocco 1968-69)
Susan Davis (Morocco 1965-67)
Harriet Denison (Tanzania 1966-67)
Jeanne D’Haem (Somalia 1968-70)
Mark Dintenfass (Ethiopia 1964-66)
Donald Dirnberger (West Indies 1977-79)
Kay Gillies Dixon (Colombia 1962-64)
Arthur Dobrin (Kenya 1965-67)
Lyn Dobrin (Kenya 1965-67)
Eileen Drew (Zaire 1979-81)
Dan Douglas (Botswana 1968-70)
Tony D’Souza (Ivory Coast 2000-02, Madagascar 2002-03)
Ben East (Malawi 1996-98)
Patricia Taylor Edmisten (Peru 1962-64)
Audrey (Benecick) Fielding (Peru 1964-66)
Hank Fincken (Peru 1970-72)
David Engel (Thailand 1968-71)
Kenneth Flies (Brazil 1962-64)
John Michael Flynn (Moldova 1993-95)
Kinky Friedman (Borneo 1967-69)
Martin R. Ganzglass (Somalia 1966-68)
Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976-77)
John Givens (Korea 1967-69)
Steve Griffiths (Malaysia 1968-70)
Kent Haruf (Turkey 1965-67)
Tom Hebert (Nigeria 1962-64)
Tom Heidlebaugh (Kenya 1965-68)
Peter Hessler (China 1996-98)
Kris Holloway (Mali 1989-91)
Chris Honore’ ( Colombia 1967-69)
Phyllis Greenberg Houseman (Ecuador 1962-64)
Mark Jacobs (Paraguay 1978-80)P. Jones (Tunisia 1966-68)
J.P. Jones (Tunisia 1966-68)
Leita Kaldi (Senegal 1993-96)
P.F. Kluge (Micronesia 1967-69)
Jon Kohl (Costa Rica 1993-95)
Alan Krasner (Cameroon 1980-82)
Jonathan Kwitny (Nigeria 1964-66)
Charles R. Larson (Nigeria 1962-64)
Karen Lange (Liberia 1984-86)
Eric Lax (Micronesia 1966-68)
Laurence Leamer (Nepal 1965-67)
Peter Lefcourt (Togo 1962-64)
Leonard Levitt (Tanzania 1963-65)
Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras 1975-77)
Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Joe Lurie (Kenya 1967-70)
Karl Luntta (Botswana 1977-80)
Jacqueline Lyons (Lesotho 1992-95)
Eve MacMaster (Turkey 1968-70)
Chris Matthews (Swaziland 1968-70)
Phillip Margolin (Liberia 1965-67)
Andy Martin (Ethiopia 1965-68)
Patricia McArdie (Paraguay 1972-74)
Tyler McMahon (El Salvador 1999-02)
Stanley Meisler (PC/W Staff 1964-67)
Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979-80)
Don Messerschmidt (Nepal 1963-65)
Mike Meyer (China 1995-97)
Bob Moffitt (Malawi 1964-66)
Jennifer Mueller Kenya 97-99
Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963-65)
Carolyn Mulford (Ethiopia 1962-64)
Edward Mycue (Ghana 1961)
Lenore Myka (Romania 1994-96)
Ann Neelon (Senegal 1978-79)
Steve Nesbit (Sierra Leone 1972-75)
Joanne Omang (Turkey 1964-66)
Mary Le Duc O’Neill (Ghana & Costa Rica 1970-74)
Steven Orr (Panama 1964-66)
Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964-66)
Tom O’Toole (Central African Republic & Guinea (1963-65)
George Packer (Togo 1982-84)
Ann Panning (Philippines 1988-90)
Reilly Ridgell (Micronesia 1971-73)
Teresa Roberson (Tanzania 1992-94)
Kristen Roupenian (Kenya 2003-05)
Norm Rush (Botswana 1978-83)
Michael Saba (Malaysia 1965-67
Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Brazil 1964-66)
Renate A. Schulz (Nigeria 1963-65; Mali 2011-12; Mexico 2013-16)
Peter Schwab (Liberia 1962-64)
William Seraile (Ethiopia 1963-65)
Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76)
James W. Skelton, Jr. (Ethiopia 1970-72)
Charlie Smith (Micronesia 1968-70)
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965-67)
Tom Spanbauer (Kenya 1969-71)
Eleanor Stanford (Cape Verde 1998-2000)
Starley Talbott (Starley Anderson, South Africa 2001)
Mildred D. Taylor (Ethiopia 1965-67)
Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963-65)
Maria Thomas (Ethiopia 1971-73)
Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965-67)
Robert Thurston (Venezuela 1968-70)
Mike Tidwell (Zaire 1985-87)
Ellen Urbani (Guatemala 1991-93)
Michael Varga (Chad 1977–79)
Robin Varnum (Afghanistan 1971-73)
Patricia Waak. (Brazil 1966-68)
Mark Walker (Guatemala 1971-73)
Kanika Welch (The Gambia 2016-18)
Mark Wentling (Honduras 1967-69)
Richard Wiley (Korea 1967-69)
Jonathan Williams (Morocco 2008-10)
Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990-92)
Simone Zelitch (Hungary 1991-93)
Tony Zurlo (Nigeria 1963-65)

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  • Is “More Than One Book” the working definition of a writer? Are self-published non-fiction works counted? What about works that don’t relate to Peace Corps experience? I’ve read some superlative RPCV writers who published only in magazines, and some only in blogs. Define the boundaries, please.

  • I don’t see my name on the list.
    Jeanne D’Haem. Somalia 1968-1970

    I do want to be included in this fabulous group!

    • That seems like arbitrary criteria. One published book should suffice for this list – which, btw, I hope will include the titles of their book(s) or a link to more info in the future.
      Susan (Lesotho 1977-1982)

  • Also Thomas Adams Togo 11974-76; 3 ESL Textbooks

    Attitudes Through Idioms (co-authored)
    Body English
    Inside Textbooks

  • It looks like my PC/Burkina Faso friend Joseph Monninger (1975-77) has written some 28 books since 1981 and George Hutchinson (same cohort) has written 6. Do you need the to contact you for permission to include them on the list?

  • My name is John Moriarty. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer . I served in Ecuador from 1989-1991. I have published two books about my life before becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer and my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer and how this experience changed my life. I have also written a mystery novel (hopefully soon to be published) and I am writing a second mystery novel.

  • Hi John,

    I am Mark Troy, I served in Thailand, 1972-1975. I have two mystery novels, one novella, and a collection of short stories in publication. In addition, a.third mystery novel is set for publication Fall 2020. I have also published a book on evaluation and research in higher education, the Chinese version of which is in its second edition. Having retired from Texas A&M I now write full time.

  • I am Bob Moffitt. Served in Malawi – 1964-1965 as a teacher at Kongwe Secondary School, Dowa, Malawi. I have published six books including one related to my PC experience, “Letters from Africa,” and three others related to a two year journey home following the PC.

  • Dave Reiner, high school math teacher in Zaïre, ’72 – ’74. Wrote the book Anthology of Fiddle Styles,
    co-wrote Oldtime Fiddling Across America, co-wrote Anthology of Jazz Violin.

  • John: I’ve published two nonfiction books. Thought I had reported at least one before.

    –“Sovereign Debt Restructuring: the Case for Ad Hoc Machinery”. Brookings Institution Press. 2003

    –“Out of Business and On Budget: the Challenge of Military Financing in Indonesia”. with Jaleswari Pramodhawardani. Brookings Institution Press 2007.

    I also edited a book about Burma/Myanmar that was published by Brookings in 2010, if you want to include edited volumes.

    I’ve also published journal essays and research reports and book chapters, if you have any interest in those.

    Lex Rieffel

  • To John Coyne:

    I was a PCV in Micronesia (Palau) 1966-68; and Peace Corps District Director in Micronesia (Palau) 1973-76.

    I was a full-time Photographer and Writer for a number of years; now retired and part-time.

    My two books are:

    Helfand, Harvey. “University of California, Berkeley: The Campus Guide,” Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2002

    Helfand, Harvey. “Architecture & Culture of University of California, Berkeley,” Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, Shanghai, 2011

    Thank you,

    Harvey Helfand

  • Hello John!
    You will recall that my husband and I, Earle and Rhoda Brooks, published the first Peace Corps memoir,
    “The Barrios of Manta” in 1965. It is also an eBook, by the same title, updated with new forward and afterward in 2011 for the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps.
    We served in Ecuador 1, from 1962-1964.
    Sincerely, Rhoda Brooks

    • Thanks, Rhoda. Of course we know your book. It is featured in Marian list of books written about the Peace Corps experience. Have you look at that listing?
      It is not on my list as I am focusing on RPCVs who have made careers with writing and have published at least two books.

  • Thanks, Rhoda. Of course we know your book. It is featured in Marian list of books written about the Peace Corps experience. Have you look at that listing?
    It is not on my list as I am focusing on RPCVs who have made careers with writing and have published at least two books.

  • Please add me: Debbie DeVoe, RPCV Republic of the Marshall Islands, 1990-1992

    I’m a freelance writer and co-author of The Power of a Single Thought with Gay Hendricks and Three-tier Client/Server at Work with Jeri Edwards (original edition under name Deborah DeVoe). Thanks!

  • I was a PC Volunteer in Grenada from 1996-1998. I just had a book published about two boys in Grenada finding their heritage. It is fiction and my publisher is Rebel Magic from New Zealand. It is being sold in paperback as well as Kindle on Amazon. The title: Spice Island. Ginger Rankin

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