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Edited by Susan Swartwout

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 HearIn This Room, and Dharma Rain), Dixon Hearne  (author of Delta Flats: Stories in the Key of Blues and HopeFrom 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.

Winners of the Warriors Anthology Writing Competition:

Essay Winner
“Section 60”—winner Jarrod L. Taylor

Essay Honorable Mention
The Massillon Boys by Ken McBride
The Forgotten War: A Personal Reflection on the Korean War by Leonard Adreon

Photography Winner
Always Time For Chai— by A. Sean Taylor
Innocence Reflected  by Jarrod L. Taylor
Forgiven Too by Journey Carolyn Collins

Poetry Winner
Questions Raised by Black Scorpions— by Bill Glose

Poetry Honorable Mention
Runaway Slave by Bryan D. Nickerson
First Blood by Milton J. Bates

Fiction Winner
A Bird— by Tessa Poppe

Fiction Honorable Mention
Into Dust by Kyle Larkin
Bottle Rockets and Bad Memories by Jason Arment

Interviews Winner
90 Minutes— by Caleb Nelson

Interviews Honorable Mention
Interview: Preserving a Dying Legacy by Casey Titus
Interview with Major (R) Jonathan Silk by David Chrisinger