Southeast Missouri State University Press

Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors, Volume 7

James Brubaker (editor)

Publication: 11/1/2018
Pages: 196

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The volume also sponsored a veterans’ writing competition, judged by Emma Bolden (author of the poetry collections House Is an Enigma, medi(t)ations, and Maleficae), Seth Wade (BFA Universtiy of Dayton, MFA University of Cincinnati), Ron Austin (author of the forthcoming story collection Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar), Missy Phegley (Director of Composition at Southeast Missouri State University), and Philip MacKenzie (MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a PhD from the University of South Dakota). The winners and finalists are spotlighted in the front of the book.

The anthology is the seventh 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.


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Award-Winning Writing and Photography


Georgia on My Mind  (Winner)
     Lauren Stevens

Accidental American (Honorable Mention)
     Shane Griffin

What it Means to Serve (Honorable Mention)
     Bill Glose


Kitchen Firefight (Winner)
     Michael Eaton

The Ground Truth (Honorable Mention)
     Randy Brown

Desert Rain (Honorable Mention)
     Ryan Stovall


Patrolling the Arghandab (Winner)
     Breanne M. Pye

Desert March (Honorable Mention)
     Bill Glose

Reunited (Honorable Mention)
     Billy Jenkins


Haven in the Jungle (Winner)
     Nancy Brewka-Clark

Vietnam Vignettes:  The Trauma and the Therapy (Honorable Mention)
     Billie Holladay Skelley

Raymond’s Journey (Honorable Mention)
     Rod Martinez


Gurkha!! (Winner)
     Cynthia Teramae

Half Moon (Honorable Mention)
     Jessica Evans

Rose’s Blink (Honorable Mention)
     Ken McBride

Additional Writing and Photography


Black Hat
     Jocelyn Corbin

Vitenam Memoir
     Clayvon Ambrose Wesley

Getting On
     Charity Winters

The Night Before
     Billy Jenkins

The Moment I Lost My Mind
     Jay Harden


Dope Tired
      Jason Arment

Military Haiku
     Valerie Young

Magnetic Moment
     Steven Croft

Thank You For Your Service
     Andrew Gudgel

A Sunlit Poppy Morning
     Bruce Sydow

Korea, 1951—We Paid too Much
     Leonard Adreon

Hurry Up and Wait
     Carl “Papa” Palmer

     Rob Jacques

The Longest Day
     Jonathan Tennis

Birds of Prey
     Michelle Brandfass

     Monty Joynes

Recordings for Later Listening: Lost Rounds
     Ben White

Combat Landing
     Charity Winters

Loneseome Rising                                                                       

     Jennifer Duff

Memorial Day
     Jeremy H. Warneke

The Shirt
     Curt Last


Night Land Nav
Weapons Qual
     A. Sean Taylor

Lethal Beauty
     Jay Harden

Rafi’s Miracle
     Breanne M. Pye

A Town Registers Veterans for Discounts
     Patricia Joynes

Coronado Bridge, San Diego
     Michele Davis


The Story Doesn’t End Here
     Stacey Walker and Lauren & Ian Stochl

Kill or Be Killed
     Cheryl Ferguson Bernini

How I Survived the Bulge and Other Stories: An Oral Interview with Uncle Sam
     Jay Harden


     Breanne M. Pye

I Wonder How She’s Doing
     Cindy McDermott

I’m Alright
     Ruth Hunt                                                                                                   

No Room for Soft
     Bill Gloss

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