The Veterans Writing Workshop 2018

The workshops have three purposes:

  • to preserve stories for families, other Veterans, and future generations and to make a record of history and observation from an eyewitness point of view.
  • to bridge the gap between Veterans and civilians, so the experience of service becomes a more communal, less compartmental experience for the nation, and to place Veteran concerns in the public consciousness.
  • to help Veterans develop the skills and confidence to tell their story and perhaps lessen the psychological and emotional effects of military experience during war-time. The rational control of memory and experience is paramount for setting goals in life and can be accomplished through writing or other expression in the arts.

Speakers & Workshop Leaders

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Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin is originally from northeast Ohio and he spent six years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq in 2004. He is the author of So, How Was The War? (Kent State UP, 2010) and The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, 2013). He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, the winner of the 11th annual A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions, Ltd., and the winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review. His work has appeared in many places including The Kenyon Review, Grantland, The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. Martin graduated from Muskingum University and he has an MFA from Arizona State. He was the 2014-15 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College and he now teaches at Ohio University where he's completing a Ph.D.

Reading and Open Discussion, Friday 2/16/18, 7:30pm, Joyner Library Faulkner Gallery, 
Poetry Workshop with Hugh Martin, Saturday 2/17/18, 10-10:45am, Joyner Library Room 2409

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Luke Whisnant

Luke Whisnant is the editor of Tar River Poetry and the author of Down in the Flood (stories); Watching TV with the Red Chinese (novel); and two poetry chapbooks, Street and Above Floodstage. His fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals and magazines in the U.S., including Esquire, Arts & Letters, American Short Fiction, Poetry East, and others, and internationally in Frank (France), Revista Neo (Portugal), and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (England). His work has also appeared in various anthologies. He has been included twice on The Best American Short Stories "Distinguished Story List." In 2011 his novel was made into an independent film. 

Fiction Workshop with Luke Whisnant, Saturday 2/17/18, 11-11:45am, Joyner Library Room 2409

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Alex Albright

Alex Albright is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at ECU. A writer of creative nonfiction, is the author of The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, which was a finalist for the 2014 Montaigne Medal and winner of a 2014 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the NC Society of Historians. Albright's most recent publications include "On Bluegrass, Beer and Some Barbecue, and a Few Weeks in Prague" (storySouth), "Mose McQuitty's Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937," about early African-American circus musicians (Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society) and "Prague Bluegrass Spring" (Bluegrass Unlimited). He has also edited four collections of poetry. He wrote and produced both the UNC-TV documentary Boogie in Black and White and "Coming into Freedom: the End of the Civil War in North Carolina," an outdoor musical drama with the NC Symphony.

Writing Workshop with Alex Albright, Saturday 2/17/18, 12:45-1:30pm, Joyner Library Room 2409


Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel (MFA)'s most recent play Portraits, a performance piece, was produced at the New York International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2015. His plays have been produced at Equity theaters regionally and Off Broadway. He has written screenplays for Lumiere and FilmMagnum Oy.

Scriptwriting Workshop with Robert Siegel, Saturday 2/17/18, 1:45-2:30, Joyner Library Room 2409

Contact Us

If you want to help sponsor the event, or contribute to this effort, please contact:

Robert Siegel
The Veterans Writing
Workshop at ECU