The Writers’ Circle Features Author Peter Bourret

The Rhode Island Writer’s Circle online magazine, is honored to showcase Peter M. Bourret’s War Memoir. The author’s creative nonfiction work combines memoir with poetry woven throughout.   The Vietnam War and its impact on the author’s life as a writer, teacher, and patriot, goes beyond historical facts.  Mr. Bourret was born in New York city but is a resident of Tucson, Arizona.  As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he returned home and struggled to finalize his goal to complete his education and become a teacher.  In 1974 he earned a Master’s Degree degree from the University of Arizona and began to keep a diary of his war service. Throughout his teaching career he reflected on his time and role as a Marine. He questioned and weighed the ethics of killing in time of war. For twenty five years he lived with a secret, buried so deep he was unaware of it, until one night he hallucinated the body and face of a peasant, brutally beaten in the heat and passion of a Vietnam jungle. The ghost appeared in the author’s back yard in Arizona.  Bourret’s  experiences in Vietnam, adjusting to life after war, and his personal struggle with post traumatic stress disorder would transform his life and his writings.   After twenty five years of teaching Mr. Bourret would retire and begin to speak and write about War: “Like the Hotel California, no one gets out alive from a war; we surrender our souls, our humanity, to bring our bodies home.”  He also uses his writing to comment on contemporary world events such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and has brought humanitarian help to Bosnian refugees.  He’s a welcomed speaker in the public schools where he speaks about War and its impact on society.  Currently, he volunteers his time at the VA , helping fellow veterans cope and deal with PTSD.   


Principal editors for the June online magazine  are Neal Beaudreau,  Rose Pearson, Creative Director; Cleveland Francouer, photographer, writer and website manager; and poet and author, Heather Sullivan.  The War issue runs through December 31, 2014.   We invite the public to send their comments to


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