Southeast Missouri State University Press

Southeast Missouri State University

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5

Edited by Susan Swartwout

Publication: December 4, 2016
Pages: 244

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Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5 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 Dr. Adam Criblez (director of the Center for Regional History, Southeast Missouri State University), Fred Lynch (photographer, Southeast Missourian newspaper), Terry Lucas (co-executive editor of Trio House Press, son of WWII veteran, and author of poetry collections If They Have Ears to Hear, In This Room, and Dharma Rain), Dixon Hearne  (author of Delta Flats: Stories in the Key of Blues and Hope, From Tickfaw to Shongaloo, and Plantatia: High-Toned and Lowdown Stories from the South), and Dr. Susan Kendrick (associate professor of English and chairperson of the Department of English at Southeast Missouri State University). The winners and finalists are spotlighted in the front of the book.

The anthology is the fifth in an annual series published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council’s Veterans Projects. See  submissions guidelines here.

Cover photo Always Time For Chai by A. Sean Taylor


Contributors

Award-Winning Writing

Essay

“Section 60”—winner

Jarrod L. Taylor

 

The Massillon Boys

Ken McBride

 

The Forgotten War: A Personal Reflection on the Korean War

Leonard Adreon

 

Photography

Always Time For Chai—winner

A. Sean Taylor

 

Innocence Reflected 

Jarrod L. Taylor

 

Forgiven Too

Journey Carolyn Collins

 

Poetry

Questions Raised by Black Scorpions—winner

Bill Glose

 

Runaway Slave

Bryan D. Nickerson

 

First Blood

Milton J. Bates

 

Fiction

A Bird—winner

Tessa Poppe

 

Into Dust

Kyle Larkin

 

Bottle Rockets and Bad Memories

Jason Arment

 

Interviews

90 Minutes—winner

Caleb Nelson

 

Interview: Preserving a Dying Legacy

Casey Titus

 

Interview with Major (R) Jonathan Silk

David Chrisinger

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Selected Writing

 

Essays

A Case of Sodas and 5 Dinks

Carl T. Yates

 

Walking in My Dad’s Sneakers: How Exercising Together Helped Me Know My Marine Dad

Casey Cromwell

 

Coward Or Hero

Hal O’Leary

 

Unboot Camp

Jay Harden

 

WWII Veterans Marched in Protest in 1946

Marilyn K. Smith

 

A Memorable Medevac Mission and Moment

Robert B. Robeson

 

Armistice

Susan Correa

 

Bobby & the Pole

Rod Martinez

 

Government Girls

Mary Pelts

 

Poetry

 

toward a poetics of lessons-learned

heavy blanket cover fire

Charlie Sherpa

 

KABOOM

Quagmire

Charity Winters

 

The Dead (No. 3)

Pat O’Regan

 

The Church Ruins at Quang Ngai

Art Elser

 

How to Use Your Arms

Abby E. Murray

 

Full Bleed

Benjamin Busch

 

Action Heroes

Bill Glose

 

Come Back to the World

Bryan D. Nickerson

 

Orange

Caleb Nelson

 

Self-Portrait #5

Chuck Von Nordheim

 

Life Flight

Derek Handley

 

Hill 471

Fred Rosenblum

 

Before Crossing into Iraq

Gordon Kippola

 

Two of Us

James Hugo Rifenbark

 

There Is a Time

Jay Harden

 

Gunfight

John Rodriguez

 

Out of

John Thampi

 

Escape from Guantanamo

Jonathan Tennis

 

Keep Calm

Kanesha Washington

 

Gun Baby

Kent Walker

 

Sergeant Jimmy

Leonard Adreon

 

Café in the Desert

Lucia Eclipse Roberts

 

The Path I’ve Chosen (Four Months in Fallujah)

Paul Wellman

 

Any Soldier

Randall Surles

 

Land Mine

Response to W. S. Merwin’s “Unknown Soldier”

Rob Jacques

 

End of Watch

Ruth M. Hunt

 

Aching Head

Stacey C. Moss

 

Grace in War

Stacey Walker

 

Empty Boots

Susan Spindler

 

Molon Labe

Shigé Clark

 

P.O.W.

Where I Left Right Left

Takia “Judah” Parham

 

Trespasser

Terry Edwards

 

[PTSD]  On Some Dark Night

Terry Severhill

 

The Letter

Tessa Poppe

 

Soldier’s Bottle

Valerie E. Young

 

A Contract Flight from Kuwait International Airport

Zachary Lunn

 

National Cemetery

Thomas H. Roussin

 

Fiction

Triathlete Wannabe

Brent E. White

 

A Break from the War

Jarrod L. Taylor

 

One Dollar Ride

Jay Harden

 

Shooter

Jeff Bateman

 

Buffalo Soldiers

John LoSasso

 

Just Another Old Man

Michael E. Cook

 

The Army’s Debt

Randall Surles

 

Interviews

Who Conquers Then?

Jay Harden

 

Black Hawk Bob: Interview of Command Sergeant

Major Gallagher at his home in Savannah, Georgia, in

March 2004

Bob Johnson

 

Photos

Happy Valley

Ronald C. Mosbaugh

 

NISMO Pearl Harbor

Travis Klempan

 

Future Hero

Valerie E. Young

 

Selfie in Iraq

Training Iraqis to Fight ISIS/ISIL

A. Sean Taylor

 

Members of Company A

James Hugo Rifenbark

 

Iraq Before the Storm

Iraq From Above

Jonathan Tennis

 

The soldier isn’t the only one who has a sacrifice to gift

Lucia Eclipse Roberts

 

Contemplation

Sheree K. Nielsen

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