Contributors

 

Mike Bakkie

Mike Bakkie served with Company H, 75th Rangers, between 1969 and 1970. Prior to that he attended the California University at Hayward. He received his B.A. in Political Science and his draft notice on the same day. He spent four years in green and then returned to his job with AT&T (later Pac Bell). He acquired three Masters degrees in Political Science, Economics, and Applied Mathematics, as well as an MBA. He spent thirty years working in telecommunications before retiring in 1996 at the age of 49.

John Balaban

John Balaban is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, including four volumes which together have won The Academy of American Poets' Lamont Prize, a National Poetry Series Selection, and two nominations for the National Book Award. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, his is a translator of Vietnamese poetry, and a past president of the American Literary Translators Association. Balaban is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English in the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. 

Lee Ballinger

Lee Ballinger is an associate editor of Rock and Rap Confidential newsletter focusing on news and politics, and the author of Lynyrd Skynyrd: An Oral History. He is married and is the father of two children. As a third class boatswain's mate, he served aboard the USS John Thomason (DD-760) on three WestPac cruises in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.

Ryan A. Barry

Before he left the Navy, even while still on deployment, Ryan A. Barry began to write his memoir Peace Thru Communication. Since then he has continued to resort back to a childhood passion: writing. The passion behind his words stems from those who are unsure how to write themselves and for those who never came home to have the chance. Currently Ryan resides in Norwalk, Connecticut, and his books may be purchased at www.ryan-a-barry.com.

Peter Beckstrom

A former United States Marine, Peter Beckstrom served active-duty from 2006-2010 as Ammo Chief for 2nd Bn, 10th Marine Regiment, Golf Battery – an artillery unit based out of Camp Lejeune's N Street. During his enlistment, Peter deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently, he is graduating from Stetson University College of Law in the Spring of 2017 and has designs on becoming a state prosecutor. You can find more of Peter's creative work at O-Dark-Thirty and Line of Advance, amongst other journals.

Rana Bitar

Rana Bitar is a physician in the field of hematology oncology practicing in Upstate New York. She was born in Damascus, Syria, and immigrated to the United States in 1990. She is now finishing her MFA in English and Creative Writing from SNHU.

Gregory Wallace Black

Greg Black served as a United States Marine beginning January of 1989. He was stationed in Oceanside, California, where he was part of the 3rd Marine Air Wing and worked as a 3381 Food Service Specialist. While Greg is a native of Mr. Horeb, Wisconsin, he has called Madison home since leaving the Marine Corps. For the last four years, Greg frequently finds solace in writing, as well as going to Dryhootch to participate in groups, programs, and to shoot the breeze with fellow veterans.

Sylvia Bowersox

Sylvia Bowersox is an Army veteran who served in Iraq. Her first book, Triggers, a chapbook of war journalism flavored poetry and prose, was published by JerkPoet Press. Her work has appeared in the journal O-Dark-Thirty, Tethered by Letters, Solstice Literary Magazine, and The Washington Post. Sylvia received her Master’s degree in English from California State University, Chico. She lives in Wisconsin with her veteran husband, Jon, and her Black Labrador service dog, Timothy.

Clayton Bradshaw

Clayton Bradshaw served eight years as an infantryman in the US Army. He served with 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Iraq from 2007 until 2008 and in Afghanistan from 2010 until 2011. After leaving the Army as a Staff Sergeant in 2013, he struggled with post-traumatic stress before finding an outlet through writing while studying Literature and Creative Writing at Sam Houston State University.

Randy Brown

Randy Brown is a retired member of the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division, Iowa Army National Guard. He writes about ways to remember, celebrate, and support citizen-soldiers, veterans, and military families at www.redbullrising.com. He was a Milbloggies finalist in the Veteran (2011); Reporter (2012) categories, and the 2012 winner of the Military Reporters and Editors' (M.R.E.) independent blogging category. Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire, his collection of haiku, “war sonnets,” and free verse, was published in 2015.

Eric "Shmo" Chandler

Eric “Shmo” Chandler is a husband, father, and pilot who cross-country skis as fast as he can in Duluth, Minnesota. He flew 145 F-16 combat sorties during seven trips downrange. His poetry has appeared in O-Dark-Thirty, Sleet Magazine, Line of Advance, The Talking Stick, Aqueous Magazine, and Grey Sparrow Journal. He’s an Associate Member of the Military Writers Guild. Visit ericchandler.wordpress.com for links to his published fiction, nonfiction, books, and poetry.

Dave ConnollY

Dave Connolly served honorably with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army in Vietnam from 1969-1969. He is proud to have been, and still is proud to be, a Vietnam Veteran Against the War and a member of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace. He makes his living now as a musician in bar bands and by running workshops for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam veterans to address, through the written word, their PTSD-related hardships.

Joseph T. Cox

Dr. Joseph T. Cox is a retired U.S. Army Colonel. He was the eighth headmaster of the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia. He is the author of a collection of poems, Garden's Close, and a critical study, The Written Wars: American War Prose through the Civil War

David Daniel

David Daniel served in the Army in 1969-70 and teaches fiction writing at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His novel The Heaven Stone won a Private Eye Writers of America award and was a Shamus Award finalist. Other novels include The Skelly Man, Goofy Foot, White Rabbit, Reunion, The Marble Kite (all St. Martins Press) and two collections of short fiction: Six Off 66 and Coffin Dust. Recent short fiction has appeared in Sleet, Zombie Logic Review, and at www.thestoryside.com.

Maurice Decaul

Maurice Decaul is a former Marine, a poet, essayist and librettist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek.com, Sierra magazine,
Barely South Review and others. He is a graduate of Columbia University and will be studying for his MFA at New York University beginning in Fall 2013.

JERRY DELLA SALLA, JR.

Jerry Della Salla is an Iraq War veteran, who served as an MP (31-B) for 12 months with the 18th MP Battalion and the 306th MP unit, OIF-3 (2004-2005). During his tour, he earned the distinguished Combat Action Badge while defending his base. Apart from his short play The Discharge, Mr. Della Salla has also written two full length plays titled Last Mans Club and the autobiographical Camp Redemption. In the spring of 2009 released a book of war poetry for NYU titled Nine Lines, where he served as co-editor. His second book of poetry is an anthology from his tour, titled Songs My Trigger Taught Me. He is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Conservatory, where he holds a degree in Dramatic Literature and Performance Studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and baby daughter Elia Quynh.

W.D. EHRHART

W.D. Ehrhart fought in Vietnam as an enlisted Marine. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Anne and daughter Leela, and teaches English and history at the Haverford School. He is the author of numerous books of poetry (including To Those Who Have Gone Home Tired and Beautiful Wreckage), memoirs (Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine MemoirBusted: A Vietnam Veteran in Nixon's America), essays (In the Shadow of Vietnam: Essays 1977-1991), and a non-fiction book concerning his platoon (Ordinary Lives: Platoon 1005 and the Vietnam War). He is the subject of The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W. D. Ehrhart (Jean-Jacques Malo, ed., McFarland, 2014).

Dale Eikmeier

Dale C. Eikmeier, a retired Army colonel, served for thirty years as an Air Defense Artilleryman and strategist. Assignments include the 7th and 1st Infantry Divisions and the 101st Airborne Division. Combat tours include Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Dale has published articles on military theory, Islamic terrorism, and other military subjects in professional military journals. He has just started creative writing. Dale and his wife Barbara currently reside in Lansing, Kansas.

Bob Hackney

Bob Hackney was born April 4th 1944 and grew up primarily in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. He attended Brookfield Central High School and earned a degree in journalism from UW-Madison. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam until 1970 with the 4th Infantry Division. He contributed articles to Stars and Stripes while in Tay Ninh.  He worked for the US Postal Service for nearly 20 years before retiring early due to his battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. Bob passed away in August of 2000 at the age of 56 as another casualty of his generation’s war.

Tom HArriman

Tom Harriman attended Swarthmore College, flunked out of the University of California-Berkeley, joined the Army in 1966, and served in the Republic of Viet Nam from March 1967 to October 1968. He returned to Berkeley afer the war and earned his B.A. and J.D. there. He is a member of Maxine Hong Kingston's Veteran Writers Group.

Roberta Hill

Roberta J. Hill, who has published under the name Roberta Hill Whiteman, is an Oneida poet, fiction writer, and scholar. A professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has written two collections of poetry, Star Quilt, and Philadelphia Flowers. Her recent poetry appears in The American Indian Culture and Research JournalPrairie SchoonerThe Southern ReviewNorthwest ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewThe NationNorth American ReviewThe Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, and elsewhere. 

Joshua J. Hines

Joshua J. Hines is an undergraduate attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he is a junior working on a BFA in creative writing. Joshua began attending Stephen F. Austin after spending four years as a military journalist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Joshua has been published in The 2015 Piney Dark Collection, The Subplots Lesson’s Chapbook, and The Blue Route, and was also awarded the SFA 2015 Literary Award for Best Creative Nonfiction.

Tim Karstrom

Tim Karstrom is a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. Since 2008 he has served as a logistics officer, trainer, and adviser during six deployments in Afghanistan including two supporting the 101st Airborne Division, and one as the Logistics Officer for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Afghanistan Engineer District-South. He has published in Army Logistician magazine on the development of logistics officers. In March 2017 he presented during the Central and South Asia (CASA) week at the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Law and Justice as legitimacy, hope, progress and inertia in parts of CASA. He earned a B.A. at the University of Colorado-Boulder in Philosophy, an M.S. in Resource Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.S. in Psychology at Bellevue University.

GERALD MCCARTHY

Gerald McCarthy's most recent book of poetry is Trouble Light. Recent poems have appeared in War, Literature & the ArtsRiver Oak ReviewSilk RoadBroome ReviewConnotation Press-An Online Artifact; and Third Wednesday.

W.H. MCDONALD, JR.

Bill McDonald served with the US Army in Vietnam in 1966-67. He was a crew chief/door gunner on Huey helicopters with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company in Phu Loi, South Vietnam. He has written an autobiography, A Spiritual Warrior's Journey, and two books of poetry, Purple Hearts and Sacred Eye-Poetry in Search of the Divine. He is retired from the United States Postal Service and resides in Elk Grove, California.  His website, The Vietnam Experience, "shares the emotional and spiritual experiences of the Vietnam War through poetry, stories, and photos by combat veterans."

Anastasia McEwen

Anastasia McEwen is a writer and artist who teaches high school in Guelph, Ontario, the birthplace of John McCrae. Her poetry and short stories have been published in the Eden Mills Writer's Festival chapbook, Freque Magazine, Effervescent, and the Guelph Mercury. Her artwork can be seen in various galleries including The Art Gallery of London, the Robert McLaughin Gallery, Oshawa, and the University of Toronto permanent collection. She lives in Fergus, Ontario with her husband and four children.

JAY MALONEY

Jay Maloney served with the 312th Evac in Chu Lai, RVN, 1968-69. He graduated from Colorado College in 1975. He is a founding member of the 44th UMKRB.

Jeff Manthos

Jeff Manthos, son of a combat fighter pilot, was born at Langley Air Force Base hospital in 1953. As his family was stationed overseas and around much of the U.S., he spent much of his youth traveling. He served as an air crewman aboard the SH-3 helicopter, flying primarily anti-submarine, search and rescue, and medevac missions. His squadron's aircraft carrier was deployed to the Sough China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf. After his service, Jeff earned a degree in Philosophy and later attended the Violin Making School of America. He as been a professional violin maker for over twenty years. Jeff currently lives in Oregon and can be reached via his website

William MArr

William Marr came to the United States from Taiwan in 1961 and received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. A leading contemporary Chinese poet, he has published fourteen volumes of poetry and several books of translations. He is a retired researcher from Argonne National Laboratory and a former president of the Illinois State Poetry Society. He also pursues other artistic interests including painting and sculpting, and has held several exhibits in the Chicago area. He lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

John Melton

John Melton served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army between 1992-1996, enjoying duty stations in Savannah, Georgia, and Hawaii. He is a home services consultant with a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois-Chicago, currently residing in Illinois.

John Midkiff

John Midkiff is a Marine Corps veteran. Serving multiple combat deployments to the Helmand province of Afghanistan and Kuwait, he spent four and half years with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines as an Infantry Assaultman/0351. His writing focuses on the common human experience, ranging from coaching his 7-year-old daughter in gymnastics to the epidemic of veteran suicide. John’s work is shaped by his military background. He won Marshall University’s Maier Award in 2013, is married with two children, and frequently explores those relationships in his writing.

John MilleR

John Miller was born in North Carolina, and served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg and in Vietnam. In addition to Jackson Street and Other Soldier Stories, he is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: CutdownCauses of ActionTropical HeatCoyote Moon, and The Power of Stones.

Beth Mills

Beth Mills has been a poet all her life. Her father read poetry to her from the time she could listen, and she carried her love for words into her elementary school classroom, helping children discover the poems inside them. Her brother, Eric Richard Solow, was an ensign in the US Navy and died on September 30, 1966, after his F-4 crashed during a training exercise over the Arizona desert, just shortly before his squadron left for Vietnam. He was a member of Fighter Squadron 121, operating out of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Miramar, California. A poem Beth wrote for him, “Eric Richard Solow, 1944-1966,” was recently published in the Jewish Literary Journal. Her poem, “Waiting,” won an honorable mention in the Gemini Magazine poetry contest of 2016.

 

Susan O'Neill

Susan O'Neill is the author of Don't Mean Nothing (Ballantine 2001; Mass Press 2004; Serving House Books 2010), a collection of short stories based loosely on her hitch as an Army nurse in Vietnam, and Calling New Delhi for Free (2013, Peace Corps Writers), brief, humorous essays about how technology messes with us all, to the amusement of the gods. She has edited Vestal Review, an ezine/print literary journal for flash fiction, since it began sixteen years ago. Her stories and essays have appeared in commercial and literary magazines, professional journals, Spoken Word zines, and in the Old Days, in real newsprint. She has worked as a reporter, an RN, a storyteller, an envelope-stuffer, and a wedding singer.

Rain E. Palmer

Rain E. Palmer lives in Lexington. He was in the Delayed Entry Program for over a year with the Marine Corps, but due to changes in his personal life wasn't honorably discharged. He is now going to the University of Kentucky and hopes to serve in some other capacity. He has been published in other locations such as The Laurel Review and This Wretched Vessel.

Phillip Parotti

Phillip Parotti has published three novels about The Trojan War and multiple short stories in the “War and Literature” issues of Sewanee Review. Following service as a Naval Officer in the Vietnam period, he taught English Literature at Sam Houston State University for thirty-two years. He is retired and living in New Mexico, where he continues to write and work as a printmaker.

Jacob Paul Patchen

Jacob Paul Patchen was born and raised outside of Byesville, Ohio where he spent his youth tormenting babysitters and hiding in trees. Patchen earns his inspiration through experience, where he writes abundantly about love, war, sex, and alcohol. Jacob is a poet, blogger, author, and combat veteran. He has been published by several journals including GFT Presents: One in Four, O-Dark-Thirty, As You Were, and The American Journal of Poetry. Patchen served as a Rifleman in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2009. He was deployed to Iraq in 2005, where he was tasked with liberating the major cities of Hit and Haditha, along with several small villages up and down the Euphrates River. 

George Perreault

George Perreault's fourth book of poetry, Bodark County, was published in November 2016, and features poems in the voices of characters living on the Llano Estacado. Recent work is in High Desert Journal, Weber -- The Contemporary West, and San Pedro River Review.

Phan Nhien Hao

Phan Nhien Hao, born in 1967 in Kontum, Vietnam, immigrated to the United States in 1991. He has a BA in Vietnamese Literature from The Teachers College of Saigon, a BA in American Literature from UCLA, and a Masters in Library Science from UCLA. He is the author of two collections of poems, Thien Duong Chuong Giay[Paradise of Paper Bells] and Che Tao Tho Ca 99-04 [Manufacturing Poetry 99-04]. His poems have been translated into English and published in the journals The Literary Review, Manoaxconnect, and Filling Station, in Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue, and in a full-length, bilingual collection Night, Fish, and Charlie Parker, translated by Linh Dinh.

Mary Ann Rasmussen

Mary Ann Rasmussen's son Steven served in Vietnam with the United States Army artillery from 1969-1970. Her poetry has been published in The Country Poet, Poetry Out of Wisconsin, The Seagull, and Rockford Review.

TJ Reynolds

TJ Reynolds has published non-fiction with NAILED Magazine and The Hour After Happy Hour Review. His poetry has been featured in 0-Dark Thirty. From 2004-2005, TJ served as a gunner for 1/24 Infantry in Mosul, Iraq.

DALE RITTERBUSCH

Dale Ritterbusch is the author of Lessons Learned, a collection of poems centered on the Vietnam War and its aftermath, and more recently, Far From the Temple of Heaven, a collection that contains war poems derived from Vietnam and more recent military encounters. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. After receiving his commission from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, he served as a hazardous munitions escort officer before being attached to JUSMAAG/MACTHAI, where he was responsible for coordinating shipments of aerial mines for dispersal along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and elsewhere in Vietnam. He is a Professor of Language and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy in 2005-2005.

Charles Scott

Born in Camden County, Missouri, in 1948. B.A. from Williams College in 1993; M.A. from Miami University. Recently, poems in Nebo and Poem. Full-length collection, Soft Water, just out from MadHat Press in July 2016. Lived in Canada. (USMC, Retired, 65-69; Vietnam, 1968, Echo Battery 2/13.) Charles passed away on 26 April 2017. The Deadly Writers Patrol #12 (Spring 2017), to which he contributed two poems, was dedicated to his memory after publication.

Leilani Squire

Leilani Squire's father served thirty years in the Navy, during three wars. She was born at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu while her father was deployed on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Okinawa, and was raised in the military culture. In 2010 she began facilitating writing workshops for veterans, and is now working with the families of veterans. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Eclipse, Gentle Strength Quarterly, and online at bookscover2cover.com. Leilani is Senior Editor of Returning Soldiers Speak: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by Soldiers and Veterans (Bettie Youngs Books, 2014). Recently, she became the new poetry editor for the online literary journal, Vietnam War Poetry.

Dennis Stanerson

Dennis Stanerson parlayed the skills acquired as a US military draftee into a stint as a corn, bean, hog farmer in the state of Iowa. He later acquiesced to his lack of a green thumb and spent 25 years performing engineering duties at Motorola Semiconductor in Scottsdale, AZ. He has been retired since 2008 in Scottsdale, AZ.

M.G. Stephens

Dr. Michael Gregory Stephens has published eighteen books, including Lost in Seoul and Other Discoveries on the Korean Peninsula and Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of the Irish, winner of the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction. His novels about the large Coole family include Season at CooleThe Brooklyn Book of the Dead, and Kid Coole. He has been working on a book about the East Village in the 1960s. He lives in London.

Tom Stern

Tom Stern is a retired County Veterans Service Officer in Wisconsin. He served fifteen months in Vietnam (1968-69) with a direct combat support supply unit in the Central Highlands.

Lisa Stice

Lisa Stice received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a Marine Corps wife who lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016). You can find out more about her and her publications at her website and on Facebook.

Michael M. "Mike" Switzer

Mike Switzer enlisted in the Army and volunteered to serve in Vietnam following his graduation from the University of South Florida. In Vietnam he served with the 173rd ABN Brigade in the Central Highlands, where he was wounded and evacuated in September 1969. After discharge he completed law school at Florida State University, retiring to Tampa in 2007.

Samuel Van Kopp

A native of Bakersfield, California, Samuel Van Kopp graduated West Point in 2010 and took command of 3rd Platoon, Anvil Troop, 1-91 CAV of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Seriously wounded while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, Sam was evacuated to Walter Reed National Naval Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where he was medically discharged in 2014. Samuel is currently a law school student at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Paul WASSERMAN

Paul Wasserman served as a reconnaissance aircrewman with the Army's Big Red One in Iraq during the Surge. He's published two chapbooks, Say Again All and Minaret and First Poem. Recent poems have appeared in Consequence and Epiphany. He's currently working on a war novel.

Julia Gari Weiss

Julia Gari Weiss is the author of the poetry collection Being Human, published by Thought Catalog Books. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry. Julia has been published in The Huffington Post, The Australian Women's Weekly, Thought Catalog, Old Red Kimono, 3Elements Review, Image Curve, and The Santa Monica Star. She is proudly from Santa Monica, California, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Paul Wellman

Paul Wellman is a former machine gunner of the Marine Corps (2006-2013). His time served has been invaluable in helping him to be a high school English teacher in Maine, a soccer coach, and a loving husband to his wife Katy. Paul is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University and is working on a Masters of Instructional Technology in Education at the University of Maine.

Arthur Wiknik, Jr.

Arthur Wiknik, Jr. is the author of Nam Sense, the memoir of his Vietnam War experiences. His writing credits include stories in seven different Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and he has also had articles in magazines such as Army, Soldier of Fortune, Players, North American Whitetail, Rural New England, and Heading Out. In 2008, Arthur provided commentary for Lionsgate Films' 20th Anniversary DVD on the making of the 1987 movie Hamburger Hill. In 2010 he was featured in the Scholastic educational book VIETNAM – The Bloodbath at Hamburger Hill. In 2011, Arthur appeared in the History Channel special Vietnam in HD, and in 2012 he appeared on Discovery's Military Channel show An Officer and a Movie with actor and host Lou Diamond Phillips.

 

Barbara zimmERMAN

Barbara Zimmermann's fiction, essays, and poems have been published in numeous literary journals and anthologies including New Millennium WritingsRockhurst ReviewPleiadesEarth DaughtersKaleidoscopeOut of Line, and The Deadly Writers Patrol. Under her married name of Bogue, she is also the author of James Lee Burke and the Soul of Dave Robicheaux: A Critical Study of the Crime Fiction Series (McFarland & Company, 2006).