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Foreign Service Officer

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

Author and diplomat B.A. East published his first novel, Two Pumps for the Body Man (New Pulp Press, 2016), as a Bush-Cheney era black comedy. Set in Saudi Arabia, Two Pumps does for American diplomacy and the War on Terror what Catch-22 did for military logic in World War II: The enemy can’t kill us if our institutions kill us first. His second novel, The Patchworks (Moonshine Cove Publishing, Sept 2017), examines American gun culture in a similar light.

Originally from Connecticut, Foreign Service assignments have taken the author to Washington, Mexico, Ghana, Nicaragua, and Saudi Arabia. Prior to that he taught English and Composition at the American School of Asuncion in Paraguay; at Brooklyn College Academy in New York; and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.

His manuscript about drug trafficking, espionage, and e-waste dumping in West Africa was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and the Leapfrog Press Fiction Prize in 2015.


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Email: chambepeak@gmail.com

Twitter: @hBenEast

15 thoughts on “About

  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.

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    1. 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

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      1. 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

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      2. 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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