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Proud To Be Podcast – 

The 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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– Episode One: Jay Harden

Jay Harden, a Vietnam War veteran, who writes poetry, prose, and songs about love, war, and personal growth. Jay has been published in all nine volumes of Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors and is known as the “Grandfather of Proud to Be.”

In this episode, we learn about Jay’s “Metal Mama” and his wartime experience while stationed in Guam—his thoughts on war and how one struggles to find oneself after the fact. Jay openly shares about his healing journey and the role writing plays in helping with his PTSD.

In this segment, Jay reads the following excerpts from Proud to Be:

“No Wonder War” from PTB, Volume 6
“Raging River” from PTB, Volume 2
“Unboot Camp: An Imagined TED Talk” from PTB, Volume 5

– Episode Two: Bill Glose

Bill Glose is an American journalist, poet, and fiction writer. Bill has been published in 8 of the 9 volumes Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. In this episode, we dive deep into Bill’s experience as a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne and his service as a combat platoon leader in the Gulf War. We discuss when and why he started writing about his combat experiences, his post-army years working in factories across the country, and his decision to walk away from a production career to become a full-time freelance writer.

In this segment, Bill reads the following excerpts from Proud to Be:

“Raised by Black Scorpions” from PTB, Volume 5
“What the Bomb Wants?” from PTB, Volume 8
“What Won’t Stay Buried?” from PTB, Volume 9