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Proud to Be 12 – Virtual Reading and Roundtable Discussion

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Join Missouri Humanities on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 PM (Central Time), for an integrated live reading of original creative writings and a roundtable discussion featuring veterans, service members, and military-connected family members published in Volume 12 of “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.”

Following the reading, Jason Poudrier, a novelist, essayist, poet, and Purple Heart recipient of the Iraq War, will moderate the discussion with several participating contributors.

“Proud to Be” is an annual series published in partnership with Southeast Missouri State University Press and provides the military community nationwide a platform to share their stories through writing and photography. Together the reading and discussion provide an intimate insight into the lives and personal experiences of those who have served and bring to light stories revolving around our nation’s military experience.


Jason Poudrier is a 2018 Pat Tillman Scholar and a Ph.D. candidate in English Education at the University of Oklahoma. With accolades for his poetry collections “Red Fields” (Mongrel Empire Press, 2012) and the chapbook “In the Rubble at Our Feet” (Rose Rock Press, 2011), his literary contributions have graced publications like World Literature Today and Blue Streak. His fiction has also gained recognition, including being a runner-up for Cagibi’s 2019 Macaron Prize and earning finalist and honorable mention distinctions in various contests. Poudrier serves as the Arts and Humanities Administrator for the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, and was the poetry judge for “Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors,” Volume 9.

This program is free and presented through Zoom.

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January 25
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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