Comments from the author about writing: I write because I need the therapy. Struggling against memories of war is the fate of all soldiers returned from killing places. The fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will create another generation of afflicted men and women. For those of you that have never made this journey, I hope you will welcome them back. They need your understanding. For you veterans, try the creative act, whatever that might be for you. It is the most powerful therapy I have discovered.
I hope through my writing you will come to understand how combat trauma permanently changes personality. And, how the effects of such experiences remain with a soldier his or her entire life. We keep producing men and women who every day must struggle to cope with their rewired brains.
Numerous individual poems, short stories and essays of mine have been published and awards received from various poetry contests. I am currently working on an additional book of poetry, a book of linked short stories and a novel.
Literary awards received and date received:
For Remembering Willie, and all the Others, 2005 Silver Medal Award for poetry from the Military Writers Society of America and 2009 Silver Medal Award Branson Stars & Flags
Book Types: Poetry Collection
Genre: War Poetry
Audience Types: Young Adult, Adult
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Workshops conducted on Japanese short form poetry (The evolution of the American Haiku). Recent four session workshops completed for The Iowa State University Alumni Association, Southeastern Community College and Reiman Gardens. Other workshops and presentations available on various aspects of writing. Fees: $25 to $30. Fees are negotiable based on number of participants, mileage and nonprofit status of the sponsoring organization.
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author's Web site: http://www.iowapoetry.com
Books By This Author
Remembering Willie, and all the Others, NSL Publishing, Burlington, Iowa, 1st edition 2003; 2nd edition 2006.