Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 2

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ISBN: 978-0-9883103-5-3

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 2 presents essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and photography by military-service personnel, veterans, and their families.

 

The volume also sponsored a veterans' writing competition, judged by John McManus (September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far), Mary Troy (Beauties: A Novel), William Trowbridge (Poet Laureate of Missouri, Ship of Fool), Destinee Oitzinger (Art Director of National Veterans Art Museum), and Tom Cushman (Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation). The winners and finalists are spotlighted in the front of the book.

 

The anthology is the second in an annual series published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council's Veterans Projects and the Warriors Arts Alliance.

 

"The stories and poems of service and sacrifice are essential in understanding what has so broadly been termed 'the American experience.' For me, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors is required reading and worthy of a thousand tears."
               ―St. Leger Monty Joynes, veteran, Vietnam

 

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Fall 2013  

 

Winners of the Warriors Anthology Writing Competition:

Essay Winner: Jay Harden for "My Metal Mama"
Essay Honorable Mentions: Jason Arment for "Grim" and Gerardo Mena for "How to Build a War Hero"

Poetry Winner: Ryan Smithson for "Babel"
Poetry Honorable Mentions: Danielle Sellers for "Talk" and Amanda Hilles for "Taps"

Fiction Winner: John Mort for "Pitchblende"
Fiction Honorable Mentions: Kathleen Toomey Jabs for "Acts of Contribution" and Rolf Yngve for "Pointed Fair"

Photography Winner: Sheree Nielsen for "Dear Kindred Spirit"
Photography Honorable Mentions: A. Sean Taylor for "National Training Center" and Amanda Cherry for "Ft. Leavenworth Cemeteries 279"

Interview Winner: Jay Harden for "Interview with a Land Girl"
Interview Honorable Mentions: Phyllis A. Robeson for "Interview with a Warrior" and Jan Morrill for "Warrior Marriage"

 

Contributors

 

Reunion: The Circle of Remembrance by Ruth W. Crocker

 

Vietnam and PTSD: Finally an Explanation by Michael J. Boyle

 

PTSD . . . The Reason for His Outbursts by Michele A. Boyle

 

Giving Veterans a VoiceApril 2013 Interview by Sylvia Ney

 

Charlie Is Stealing for Home by Bruce Sydow

 

impact by Chris Wubbena

 

In the Valley of Lions by Randy Brown

 

My Time in Afghanistan: The Softer Side of War by Nancy Lacore

 

Highway of Death by Jonathan Travelstead

 

Chiaroscuro: A Reflection on the Light and Dark of Life by Lilah Pearce Contine

 

Birds of War by Monica Agnew-Kinnaman

 

Kindred Spirit by Sheree Nielsen

 

What's it like . . . over there? by Matt Wilson

 

Last Patrol by Monty Joynes

 

Long Days' Journey into Light by Charles H. Brown

 

Dog Tags
Little Lead Omens
War Squared
by Tim Leach

 

You Never Forget Your First by Levi Newman

 

Baptism by Fire by Andy Anderson

 

Prisoner of War by Ryan Smithson

 

Unfinished Business by Carl Palmer

 

Cub Scout Camping Trip
Escort
by Jarrod L. Taylor

 

Making Jello by Marcia Upchurch

 

Tulips in Early Spring by Ashley D. Wallis

 

Memorial Day by M.K. Sukach

 

Remember Me
Turning the Table
The Height of Fear in the Shadow of Death
by Robert Robeson

 

Registered Letter by Joseph R. Carvalko, Jr.

 

Petrichor by Donna Bachler

 

John Young Funeral 167 by Amanda Cherry

 

Still Human
Raging River
by Jay Harden

 

Veterans Coming Home
The Colonel's Brain
by William Childress

 

Hope Chest by Charity E. Winters

 

She Ain't Just a 2nd Lieutenant by Kerry "Doc" Pardue

 

Woman Marine by DeVonna R. Allison

 

Land of the Free (Haircuts) by Charity Tahmaseb

 

Boogie with Chesty by Pamela Foster

 

Birthday Party by Eric Chandler

 

Babylift by Gerald R. Wheeler

 

Afghan Eyes
My War: Afghanistan 2012
by Nicholas Watts-Fernandez

 

Kids on the Street of Kabul  by A. Sean Taylor

 

One Thousand Cuts of Healing by James Hackbarth

 

Harder by Cara Hobbs

 

Interview With An Old Soldier by Annette Armellino

 

Bald Eagle by Aaron Horrell

 

Marble Heroes by Oren Hammerquist

 

My Home Is the Navy by Amanda Hilles

 

Hoss's Letter
The Only Home
by Levi Bollinger

 

Suzy Q. by Curt Scheafer

 

An Outsider by Jimmy Castellanos

 

Snipe
Offroad IVs
by Gerardo Mena

 

Infantry TA-50 at 11pm by Daniele Cunningham

 

Pixie by Gary Ives

 

A Band of Brothers by Jerry-Mac Johnston

 

A Midnight Forest Patriot by Timothy E. Wolfe

 

By the Dawn's Early Light by Les Thompson

 

festive skies by Fred Rosenblum

 

The Hunters' Tales by James C. Stacey

 

After the Snow by M.E. Hope

 

Two Brothers by Luther Jett

 

Storm in the Graveyard by Jason Sansburn

 

Ibuprofen Avalanche by David S. Pointer

 

Last Day in Cambodia by Marc Levy

 

Moments: The BeginningThe End by Dan Bradford