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Edited by James Brubaker

The volume also sponsored a veterans’ writing competition, judged by Emma Bolden (author of the poetry collections House Is an Enigmamedi(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.

Winners of the Warriors Anthology Writing Competition:

Fiction Winner
“Gurkha!!” by Cynthia Teramae

Fiction Honorable Mention
“Half Moon” by Jessica Evans
“Rose’s Blink” by Ken McBride

Poetry Winner
“Kitchen Firefight” by Michael Eaton

Poetry Honorable Mention
“The Ground Truth” by Randy Brown
“Desert Rain” by Ryan Stovall

Photography Winner
“Patrolling the Arghandab” by Breanne M. Pye

Photography Honorable Mention
“Desert March” by Bill Glose
“Reunited” by Billy Jenkins

Interviews Winner
“Haven in the Jungle” by Nancy Brewka-Clark

Interviews Honorable Mention
“Vietnam Vignettes: The Trauma and the Therapy” by Billie Holladay Skelley
“Raymond’s Journey” by Rod Martinez

Essays Winner
“Georgia on My Mind” by Lauren Stevens

Essays Honorable Mention
“Accidental American” by Shane Griffin
“What it Means to Serve” by Bill Glose