sally DRUMM
MilSpeak Foundation founder, president, publisher, editor....
webmaster, secretary, errand girl, etc....
Sally Drumm served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 through 1998. While participating in a VA rehabilitation program for disabled veterans, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Sally developed and leads Milspeak Creative Writing Seminars (MCWS), a free program for military people who want to write about their lives. She is founder, publisher and editor of Milspeak Memo, an online literary magazine dedicated to freedom of speech and sharing creative works by military people. Sally is editor of Milspeak: Warriors, Veterans, Family and Friends Writing the Military Experience (Press 53/Jul 09), a collection of memoir written by participants of MCWS1 through MCWS8, and of War Stories, a collection of short fiction by military people. 

Sally’s writing has appeared in Gargoyle, The Gettysburg Review, Lowcountry Weekly, Mythic Passages,  ArtNews and other venues. Jick’s Journey, a play written in collaboration with Dennis Adams and John Blair, was performed at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center during March 2007. During May 2007, Mythic Passages, journal of Mythic Imagination Institute, published Jick’s Journey.  “Letting Go” (published in The Gettysburg Review ) earned honorable mention in Best American Essays 2005. Scars on My Heart: Military Life in the Words of Those Who Live It, a staged reading that weaves Milspeak anthology selections into an extended conversation among generations, was presented at Beaufort Performing Arts Center July 23, 24, & 25 in celebration of the launch of the Milspeak anthology. The reading was selected for presentation at the AWP 2010 Conference, the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 2010 War, Literature, and The Arts conference, and at the 2010 National Empowerment Council conference.  

MilSpeak Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 public nonprofit organization, introduces military people to stress management through participation in the Arts, publishes eBooks by military people (MilSpeak Books) and a literary eZine (MilSpeak Memo) for military people, preserves in art and literature a history of the everyday in military life, and fosters communication and understanding between military and civilian cultures while promoting freedom of speech for military people by providing venues for their creative works. MilSpeak Foundation seeks to raise awareness about creative works by military people to a more visible and influential position in American culture and seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for creative works by military people. By developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging creativity among military people, MilSpeak Foundation aspires to make creative works by military people directly relevant to the public, while diminishing the military stereotype and assisting military people assimilate their experiences through participation in the Arts.

Read “Artifacts” an essay about writing the military experience published in ArtNews.
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