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, where he survived the December 2004 terrorist attack on our consulate in Jeddah. 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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