Every veteran has a story to tell.

Since 2011 we have partnered with organizations across the state to provide veterans and their families with an outlet for self-expression through writing. Our Veterans Programs offer support to both new and experienced writers through workshops, readings, a podcast, and an annual publication, Proud to Be. Together, these programs encourage hundreds of veterans each year to tell their stories.

Proud to Be Anthology Series

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and photography submissions by and about veterans from across the nation. The anthology preserves and shares the perspectives of our soldiers, veterans, and their families — spanning generations.  

This yearly anthology is funded by the Missouri Humanities, edited by Dr. James Brubaker, and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Veterans Storytelling & Writing Workshops

Our Veterans Workshops are free of charge and open to veterans, military personnel, and their families—empowering them to share their stories.

Facilitated by professional writers and educators, participants are guided through writing exercises with meaningful feedback. Beginners to advanced writers welcome.

The workshops are a collaborative effort with libraries, universities, and veteran support organizations. 

Proud to Be Podcast

Our Proud To Be Podcast highlights veterans, military personnel, and family members published in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors—a creative writing anthology that preserves and shares our nation’s military experience through poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and photography.

The podcast features interviews with PTB contributors from all over the nation as we discover their military affiliation and real-life stories behind their PTB contributions.

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