THE ANTHOLOGY

Released by Press 53 July 4, 2009
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“If the words honor, nobility, self-sacrifice, and altruism mean anything to you, this is the book to buy.”
                               --Stephen Page in BA Insider: Capital Living in Buenos Aires  

Collaboration is the beating heart of Milspeak. The Milspeak anthology, also the result of collaboration, is a hybrid: part workshop memoir and part handbook for military people who want to write. Edited by workshop founder and MilSpeak Foundation founder, Sally Drumm, the MilSpeak anthology contains memoir written by MilSpeak Creative Writing Seminar (MCWS) participants and essays by guest writers and mentors, including: Richard Peabody, Dinty Moore, Rebecca McClanahan, and Michael Kobre. Like the seminar itself, the Milspeak anthology is a mix of writing workshop and fellowship. Milspeak writers bring to workshop a shared experience of living a military life and a shared dream of writing for a reader, for themselves, or for family. Six years after the first Milspeak Creative Writing Seminar was held, the program continues to bring writers together to share the military experience. 

Table of Contents

“Hutch”
A Poem by Atsuro Riley 

Foreword: “Silences” by Michael Kobre 

Read the Introduction
Scars on My Heart by Sally Drumm

MCWS 1 - “Anything Helps”
Containing
Memoir by MCWS Writers 
and   
“Reach Out in the Darkness”
By Richard Peabody, MCWS 1 Guest Writer

MCWS 2 - “Meeting the Minotaur”
Containing 
Memoir by MCWS 2 Writers 
and
“A Definition of My Own”
By Warren Slesinger, MCWS 2 Guest Writer 

MCWS 3 - “The Trouble With Writing”
Containing 
Essay & Memoir by Guest Contributors:

“Re-membering” 
by Shawne Steiger

“The Clear and Honest Story: 
A Reconsideration of Writing, Trauma, and Transformation”
Essay By Dinty W. Moore

“Is It Art, This Mentoring, or All Imagery?”
Essay by Tom Sheehan

“Transformation”
Essay by Lisa Kahn Schnell 

“The Prison of Our Days”
Essay by Bob Cowser, Jr. 
 
“Children Writing Grief”
Essay by Rebecca McClanahan

“Saving Us from Ourselves”
Memoir by Ian Pounds

“Writing Identity in Three Genres: 
Teaching Creative Writing at the American University in Dubai”
By Jillian Schedneck

MCWS 4 - “In the Palms of Their Hands”
Containing
Memoir by MCWS 4 Writers

MCWS 5 - “Metropolis Rising”
Containing
Memoir by MCWS 5 Writers

MCWS 6 - “Broken Bridges”
Containing
Memoir by MCWS 6 Writers

MCWS 7 - “Thirty Years Gone....”
Containing 
Memoir by MCWS 7 Writers 
and
“The Weight of the Pen”
By Lisa Annelouise Rentz, MCWS 7 Guest Writer
and
“A Battalion Remembers”
By Major General Matthew P. Caulfield, Guest Contributor

MCWS 8 - “Carrying On”
Containing
Memoir by MCWS 8 Writers
and
“The Risks of Writing and the Courage to Do it Anyway”
By Melinda Copp, MCWS 8 Guest Writer

Plus
“The Trees”
A Poem by Jo Ann Doane, a Cold War Veteran
 
Contributor Notes
Contact:
Kevin Watson (336) 414-5599/ Kevin@Press53.com
Press 53
P.O. Box 30314
Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314
www.Press53.com

New Military Life Anthology
Winston-Salem, NC, June 19, 2009 — In June 2005, retired Marine Sally Drumm set out to create a memoir writing
program for military people. Four years later, Milspeak Creative Writing Seminar participants’ work is collected in MILSPEAK: WARRIORS, VETERANS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS WRITING THE MILITARY EXPERIENCE. Included are poetry, essay, and memoir by established authors who assisted in developing the workshop and mentoring writers, among them Michael Kobre, Dinty W. Moore, Richard Peabody, and Rebecca McClanahan. Also in this hefty 474-page anthology published by Press 53, editor Sally Drumm provides readers with the workshop story as it unfolds parallel to her own search for home and stability following a twenty-year military career and assignment of a 60% service-connected disability rating.

Each of MILSPEAK’s 58 selections is a carefully crafted reminiscence, a completed piece of a larger personal history, the telling of a particularly eventful moment, a personal, cultural and historical record, and a work of art. Due to the traditional silence concerning military life, Milspeak writers’ stories are often difficult for them to share and some are shared for the first time in this collection. Milspeak writers, their friends and mentors come together in MILSPEAK to share their understanding of the power of writing to heal wounds of memory and to broaden civilian understanding of military life.

MILSPEAK debuts July 4, 2009. On July 23, 24, and 25 in Beaufort, SC, readings from the anthology will be directed by Dr. John Blair and staged by the Rogues & Vacaboundes Players each night from 8-10 p.m. Admission is free at the USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC, with a reception and book signing with the writers each night. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Beaufort Naval Hospital are also located in Beaufort, SC.

Press 53 is an independent literary publishing company dedicated to finding new markets for anthologies and
short stories, part of which involves the publisher acting as an advisor for short story adaptation to the School
of Filmmaking faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. To schedule a reading or
interview, contact the editor at postmaster@milspeak.org or Kevin Watson at Kevin@Press53.com or at 336-
414-5599.

MILSPEAK: Warriors, Veterans, Family, and Friends Writings the Military Experience
Edited by Sally Drumm
Paperback, 9 x 6, 474 pages
Publisher: Press 53
Publication Date: July 4, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9824416-2-6
Price: $25.00
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