Proud to Be Consortium Releases New Anthology

Proud to Be 3 frontcoverST. LOUIS, Mo., Dec. 8, 2014 — The Proud to Be Consortium announces the publication of its third installment to the very successful “Proud to Be” anthology series: “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Volume 3.” The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC), Saint Louis Poetry Center, Southeast Missouri State University Press and Warrior Arts Alliance will celebrate the launch of “Proud to Be Volume 3” from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, Maplewood, Missouri.

The event will feature readings from the contributors, many of whom are veterans from the greater St. Louis area. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase and signing. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

“Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Volume 3” is a collection of poetry, prose, essays and photography, and is a unique and very personal look into the lives and experiences of our American Warriors. The top work from the writings selected for the anthology were referred to judges who chose the winners of the annual “Proud to Be” contest sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Published by Southeast Missouri State University Press and edited by Susan Swartwout, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history—from people who were closest to the conflicts.

The anthology project continues to expand. Volume 1 was awarded the Stars and Flags Book Award Gold Medal. Reprints and excerpts from writing published in previous volumes of “Proud to Be” have appeared in  “Humanities,” the National Endowment for the Humanities magazine; “Open Mind,” the California Humanities Council newsletter; “Missouri Life” magazine; “Focus,” the Missouri Economic Development news; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; and has been read at the Veterans Recognition ceremony hosted by the State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and by veteran Tony Mena twice at annual New York City PTSD Treatment Center Benefits with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

Missouri Humanities Council and Southeast Missouri State University Press released a call for submissions for the next round of the “Proud to Be” anthology in November 2014 in conjunction with the St. Louis book launch of Volume 3. The guidelines are posted on the Southeast Missouri Press website (www6.semo.edu/universitypress). The contests and submissions are open to any American veteran, military-service personnel or their families.

About the Missouri Humanities Council

The Missouri Humanities Council was founded in 1971 as an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It works to foster connections between cultural organizations and humanities scholars, helping them to engage public audiences in dynamic ways that spark enthusiasm for learning that builds character, intellect and understanding. The Council supports the humanities in Missouri through a variety of means, including grants and consultation services for local museum and libraries, traveling exhibit programs, and early reading initiatives for families with young children. The Council also sponsors the annual Missouri Humanities Awards, which acknowledge individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in the humanities. More information about the many projects of MHC can be found on the Council website at http://www.mohumanities.org or by calling 1 (800) 357-0909.