Southeast Missouri State University Press

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 3

Edited by Susan Swartwout

Publication: November 2014
Pages: 232

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Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 3 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 Daniel Simon (editor-in-chief of World Literature Today), John Mort (Soldier in Paradise and The Illegal), Geoff Giglierano (historical consultant), Bradley Phillips (professor of photography at Southeast Missouri State University), and Colin Halloran (poet, veteran, and teacher). The winners and finalists are spotlighted in the front of the book.

The anthology is the third 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

For information about how to submit  click here

Winners of the Warriors Anthology Writing Competition:

Essay Winner: Lisa Miller for “Still Falling Snow”
Essay Honorable Mentions: Diane Cameron for “Iambic Pentameter and the Meter of War” and Jay Harden for “My Mother of All Letters.”

Poetry Winner: Dominika Wrozynski for “Retrieval.”
Poetry Honorable Mentions: D.A. Gray for “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and Paul Hellweg for “Ghosts.”

Fiction Winner: Jay Harden for “Bramble Fire.” Fiction Honorable Mentions: Katherine Bell for “The Sulphur Sink” and Frederick W. Cutter for “Something’s Wrong.”

Photography Winner: Sheree K. Nielsen for “jimmie (pier)”
Photography Honorable Mentions: Jay Harden for “For the Arc Light Fallen” and “War’s Shiny Things.”

Interview Winner: S. Lorraine Norwood for “D-Day, Korea, Vietnam: An Old Warrior Lives to Tell the Tale.”
Interview Honorable Mentions: Casey Titus for “Interview of Vietnam Veteran Jim Lewis” and Gloria Pape Caviglia for “Epiphany of Maturity.”

Meet Jimmie McInnis–Bronze Star Recipient and Jimmie McInnis (photo) by Sheree K. Nielsen

Interview with a Warrior: The Wound that Never Heals by Robert B. Robeson

A Nickel Requiem by Amanda S. Cherry

Finally Home (photo) by Kimberly Billington

The Renegade Robinson by Elizabeth Nash

Haji-Mart and Abu Ghraib (photo) by Jeremy Warneke

The Unique and Revealing Short Timer’s Calendar of Sergeant Carl “Pig” Higgins by Tim Leach

It’s Time to Let Go by Tom Davis

Homecoming (photo) by Sean Taylor

The Corpsman by Jeffrey Paolano

Moments: Forgotten by Dan Bradford

Losing Self by Bill Glose

break down and Mutually Assured by David R. Bublitz

VA Hospital by Milton Ehrlich

Dance to the Dustoff Waltz by Paul Hellweg

Staring, Miles Away by D.A. Gray

Rat Bastard by Fred Rosenblum

sugar’s out by John Parker

London Burning 1939-1945 by Lilah Contine

I Came Back and He Did Not Belong by Charles H. Johnson

Old Friend and The RPG by Andrew R. Jones

The War Behind Closed Doors by Ashley Henley

My North Star by Bruce Sydow

don’t and left unsaid by Carl Palmer

The Boy’s Club by Charity Tahmaseb

Suburbistan by Charlie Sherpa

At 3:53 am, I wake after rolling over in my sleep by Chelsie Meredith

Launchpad Central by David S. Pointer

Has-Been Highway Sign by Domenic James Scopa

Record Keeper Of All You Want To Forget by Dominika Wrozynski

Tampa (photo) by Jeremy Warneke

Counting M-16’s a Part in My Sheep by Doug D’Elia

Safe Place by Janelle Fila

Our Heroes by Kaleb Cintonz

My Daddy Is My Hero by Karla Chapman

Intelligence Report and Father Jacob Gets His Limp by Liam Corley

For a Dead Soldier and Small War by Richard O’Connell

A Bad Trip by Robert B. Robeson

To My Fellow Vets by Valerie E. Young

A Tribute to Anthony Loyd by Wayne Bowen

As they were and Mantra by Milton J. Bates

The Summer of the Mouse by DeVonna R. Allison

A February Raid in the War on Terror by Jarrod L. Taylor

The Wire (photo) by Sean Taylor

For the Love of One Another by Joyce Pettigrew Garcia

Fathers and Sons by Marc Danziger

Guilty Pleasures by Ryan J. Erisman

Revisiting the Person of the Year a Decade Later–23 a Day by Zachary Ryan

Buzzbomb by Arthur Weil

Inconsequential by A.D. Wallis

We Are American Soldiers Guardians Of Our Nation by Daniel Evans

An Unsent Letter by dutch franz

Crater in Mosul by Eric Chandler

Those Orange Skies of Baghdad by Jameel A. Hakeem

The Shredded Parachute: A Paratrooper’s Account of Vision and Survival in World War II Europe by Jay Hansford C. Vest

The Lady in the Gray Suit by Kathleen Palmer

Reading of the Names by Michele A. Boyle

My Night on the River by Richard Kirshen

Order of the Spur by Starlyn Lara

HQ10 by Susan Winstead

F-16 Pilot (photo)
Finally Home (photo)
by Kimberly Billington

Life on the ODA by Tom Davis

My Trip to the Wall by Edmund Pieper

Going, Going, Gone! by Hugh Neeld

Saipan Invasion, June 15-July 10, 1944 by Robert A. Cunningham

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