About Ben East

Ben taught middle and high school English on three continents before starting a two-decade diplomatic career engaging students around the world and writing promotional material encouraging international student exchanges and democratic values. His humor writing has appeared in Flash Non-Fiction Funny, the Foreign Service Journal, and as two satiric adult novels.

His novel Two Pumps for the Body Man examines U.S. diplomacy and the War on Terror, finding what Catch-22 knew about military logic during WWII: The enemy can’t kill us if our institutions kill us first. His novel Patchworks examines American gun culture in a similar light.

Diplomatic assignments have taken the author to India, Washington, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Ben taught English at the American School of Asuncion in Paraguay; at Brooklyn College Academy; and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.

Full publication credits posted here.

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Email: ben@beneastbooks.com                 


17 thoughts on “About Ben East

  1. Saw you in the Hartford Courant, what a surprise. I just wanted to congratulate you on your book and hope you make the final three.


  2. Thanks for following my blog! Looks like we have much in common: foreign service life, Peace Corps, and Ironman. I look forward to reading some of your work!


    • Yes! Add to that the 50-miler… I ran the Elk Valley Man-Horse race in 2001, the year before I joined State! Also a former English teacher, so there you go. Where did you serve in the Peace Corps? -ben


      • Wow- much in common, indeed! I was Peace Corps Bulgaria, and my husband, too. Where have your State posts brought you?


      • after PC Malawi it was 2 yrs at the American School in Asuncion, then with State to Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Mexico. Home at last! Great to connect! -ben


      • Wow, you’ve been all over! Where in Mexico? Our first post with state was in Matamoros. Which Ironman(s) did you do? I’ve only done one, Wisconsin 2009. I’d like to think I’ll do another one someday, but actually committing to it is another story. Great to connect, indeed!


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