|"Middle Americans" and writers, from left to right: Mary Doyle; Matthew Hefti; Randy "Sherpa" Brown; Kayla Williams; Angela Ricketts. Photo by Andria Williams|
Today is Fri., Feb. 10, 2017. I'm pleased to be moderating the following session at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs convention in Washington, D.C. As previously noted on the Red Bull Rising blog, this is one of many AWP2017 sessions related to war-writing.
Session F110: "The Middle Americans: How Flyover Country Responds to War"
Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
By various measures, rural Americans are more likely to enlist in the US armed forces. Despite isolation from traditional centers of publishing and military power, voices with Midwestern roots have sprung forth like dragon's teeth to deliver clear-eyed, plainspoken views of war, service, and sacrifice. The civilians and veterans of this stereotype-busting panel of published writers offer their insights regarding themes, trends, and markets in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.A downloadable PDF listing of panelists, including biographies and contact information, is here.
(Posted February 14: A downloadable MP3 audio file of the session, good enough for note-taking, is here. Smaller file here.)
- "Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire" (poetry collection)
- "Reporting for Duty: Citizen-Soldier Journalism from the Afghan Surge, 2010-2011" (editor; non-fiction collection)
- The Master Sergeant Harper mysteries
- "The Bonding Spell" (urban fantasy)
- "I'm Still Standing: From Captive Soldier to Free Citizen—My Journey Home" (w/ former POW Shoshana Johnson)
- "A Hard and Heavy Thing" (novel)
- "The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War" (contributor; short-story collection)
- "See Me for Who I Am" (contributor; non-fiction)
- "Retire the Colors" (contributor; non-fiction)