The New WLA – War, Literature & the Arts Journal from the USAFA

The Department of English and Fine Arts at the U.S. Air Force Academy has been publishing WLA: War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities since 1989. The latest edition, Vol. 23, 2011, contains what we expect from this excellent journal: a rich collection of memoir excerpts, artwork, fiction, critical and personal essays, poetry, and commentary dealing with war and its impact. And, as is always the case, several of the offerings deal with Vietnam veterans and the Vietnam War.

There’s an essay by Jerry Kykisz, a Vietnam veteran, artist, and board member of the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago,   called “Trauma & Metamorphosis” that also includes artwork by Vietnam veterans Helen White, Ron Mann, Joe Fornelli, and Stephen Ham. Mann’s “Reflections” graces the cover.

The short story “At The Wall” by Nicholas Poluhoff is about a strange set of events at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. And there are seven poems by Vietnam veteran Dale Ritterbusch, several of which touch on the war in Vietnam.

Additional material, including book reviews may be found on WLA’s website.

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