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



Missouri Arts Council

Red Bull Rising

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"




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
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


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