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Creative Writing Contest: The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

January 26, 2016

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is a creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. It's run by The Iowa Review and sponsored by the family of Sharlet (in photo, above), a…

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the different war

The Different War by Michael Miller

July 14, 2015

Michael Miller served as a Marine from 1958-62. He was a young Marine, joining when he was eighteen. The poems in The Different War (Truman State University, 64 pp., $$16.95, paper; $9.99 e book) deal with the…

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Service

July 1, 2015

Bruce Lack served honorably in the United States Marines from 2003-07, including two deployments totaling twenty-one months in Fallujah in Iraq.  His book, Service: Poems (Texas Tech University, 128 pp., $18.95, paper), contains dozens of fine…

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Who Cares? I Do by Jack Moser

April 21, 2015

Jack Moser entered the Navy in 1958. He served as an intelligence officer in the Vietnam War, and holds a doctorate in psychology. A few of the poems in Who Cares? I Do: Poems  (Fithian…

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Images from Hell by F.L. Riker

March 23, 2015

F. L. Riker was just like many Americans who served his country during the Vietnam War. He returned to “an unfriendly country” where he suffered from PTSD, as Riker puts it in Images from Hell (AuthorHouse, 84 pp.,…

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Wartorn Heart by Kathleen Trew Swazuk

March 22, 2015

Kathleen Trew Swazuk was an Army nurse at the 93rd EVAC Hospital in Long Binh during her 1969-70 tour of duty in the Vietnam War. Her "scars have taken years to heal," she writes in Wartorn Heart: Poems…

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Tales from the Teamhouse, Vol. III by Jim Kelley

March 2, 2015

Tales from the Teamhouse Vol. III (Old Mountain Press, 263 pp., $4.99, Kindle) is third collection of stories edited by Jim Kelley and written by members of the Special Forces, all of whom also are members…

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The Secret of Hoa Sen by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

January 9, 2015

Nguyen Phan Que Mai, the author of The Secret of Hoa Sen (BOA Editions, 208 pp., $16, paper), was born in 1973 in a small village in what was then North Vietnam. She has published many poetry…

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Vietnam War Elegy by G. Lowell Tollefson

December 18, 2014

G. Lowell Tollefson served in Vietnam as a Marine civil affairs interpreter attached to an infantry battalion. He holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Washington and has taught philosophy at the University of…

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Song I Sing by Bao Phi

December 15, 2014

Bao Phi, the author of Song I Sing: Poems (Coffee House Press, 170 pp., $16, paper) was born in Saigon in 1975. He was raised in the Minneapolis suburbs and today Minnesota is his home…

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