Southeast Missouri State University Press

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 1

Edited by Susan Swartwout

Winner of the 2013 Stars and Flags Book Award Gold Medal for an Anthology/Collection
Publication: Fall 2012
Pages: 256

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The anthology Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors showcases writing from military veterans and their families from across the nation, including writing about WWI and WWII, Vietnam, the Gulf Conflict, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The volume also sponsored a veterans’ writing competition, judged by stellar writers Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down), William Trent Pancoast (WILDCAT), and soldier-poet Brian Turner (Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise). The winners and finalists are spotlighted in the front of the book.

The anthology is the first 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 Missouri Humanities Council plans to expand the partnership to include additional organizations that are both concerned and supportive of American veterans.

For information about how to submit, click here.

Winners of the Warriors Anthology Writing Competition:

Nonfiction Winner: Paul Mims for “Rockhappy 1944-45
Nonfiction Finalists: Jarrod L. Taylor for “Sadr City” and Jimmy Castellanos for “Desert Snow”

Poetry Winner: Gerardo Mena for “Baring the Trees”
Poetry Finalists: Carol Alexander for “Rewind” and Bill Glose for “Desert Moon”

Fiction Winner: Monty Joynes for “First Day at An Khe”
Fiction Finalists: Edie Cottrell Kreisler for “Remembering Cu Chi” and Ryan Smithson for “Tap Shoes”


Between Wives by Jay Harden

53 Alpha by Jonah E. Krause

The Soldier’s Two-Step
A Rock Called Afghanistan by Lauren K. Johnson

Ana as’fi
On Leaving for Iraq a Second Time by Christopher P. Collins

Bunker Sonnet by Nicholas Watts-Fernandez

Hyphenated Americans by Jan Morrill

Little World by Chris Whitehead

Ode to the Enemy Sniper by Gerardo Mena

War is Steel by Christopher Lee Miles

In Less Than a Minute by Russell Reece

Distant Seitz
SPC Browning Speaks by Levi Bollinger

Be Polite But Have a Plan to Kill Everyone You Meet by Jesse Goolsby

In the Military Garden of Remembrance by Walter Baker

No Hero by Colin D. Halloran

what sacrifice has been by Randy Brown

The John Wayne Hills by Steven Croft

All Fun and Games, Until by David Lawrence

Care Package
Something Else You Don’t Need by Liam Corley

Cleaning Up Our Mess (October 2003) by Brian Curran

The Ride Home by GuruSahai Good

For a Future Believed In
The Way We Were: Portrait of a Vietnamese Veteran’s Grandson by Jay Harden

Deep and Free
Baby I’m Already Back
All I Ever Wanted by Aaron Horrell

Transit by James Mathews

War Wounds by Sonja Pasquantonio

Don’t Tell His Mother by Monty Joynes

Army Mom by Sheree Nielsen

Liberation Requiem by Shaun Yankee

The Poet & The Wounded Warrior’s Return by James A. Moad II

Veteran’s Quiescence by Michael Sukach

Lake Serene by Bruce Sydow

Becoming the Devil by Jacob Worthington

The Flies by James Wooden

Army Issue by Leslie Harper Worthington

The Life of a Superhero by Richard Van Beeson

Cloud Fishing
Prisoners of War 1965 by Tim Leach

A Letter Home from Fort Bliss, Texas, 1918 by Philip Renner

What We Leave Behind by Jason Sansburn

In the Salmon’s Eyes
Furlough, May ’99 by William Lusk Coppage

A Red-Haired Rosie by Velda Goodgion Brotherton

Green Card Soldier
incoming by Carl Palmer

Smedley Butler’s Disciple by David S. Pointer

The Cost of Memory by Susan V. Meyers

Search Team
Clearing a Room by Bill Glose

Moment Two by Daniel D. Bradford

Sonnet for Killing by Dario DiBattista

The Cargo by James A. Moad II

tree line by Fred Rosenblum

Sulfur and Moonshine
What’s For Dinner, Doc?
Picking up the Slack by Jason Pourdrier

The Ponytail Pal Christmas by Mitch Duckworth

Their Letters by Kathleen Willard

Just One Smile by Michele A. Boyle

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