Southeast Missouri State University Press to Release ‘Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors’ Vol. 4

PTB4 Frontcover (2)CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 8, 2015 — The Southeast Missouri State University Press will release its fourth annual volume of “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” Dec. 19 at the St. Louis Public Library.

The book launch and reception  for the anthology is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. in the Carnegie Room, 1301 Olive Street in downtown St. Louis.

The event will feature short readings by 12 local and national military personnel, veterans, and veterans’ family members from Missouri, Colorado, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Mississippi. The Missouri Humanities Council and Southeast Missouri State University Press are hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase at the reception.

The writing in the “Proud to Be” Series is based on veterans’ real-life experiences written in essays, poetry, photographs, interviews and short stories. Volume 4 features 97 pieces of writing from World War II to the present, edited by Dr. Susan Swartwout.

In conjunction with the anthology, Missouri Humanities Council sponsors a contest for best work submitted in each of the genres of fiction, poetry, essays, photography and interviews. This year’s judges were Geraldo Mena (poetry), David Armand (fiction), Jarrod Taylor (interviews), Dr. Missy Phegley (essays), and Jennifer Geist (photography).

It has been praised by reviewers as “a vital collection,”  “an anthology of hope and healing” and “an impressive arena of artful veterans.” Veterans are saying “this is required reading and worthy of a thousand tears, ” “now I don’t feel so lonely” and “I find myself looking back through it again and again.” Each of the contributors to a volume receive a copy of the anthology.

For further information, please contact Dr. Susan Swartwout, (573) 651-2044 or