Deb: That one you’d have to ask Susan. We talked at great length about my “vision” for the anthology. She did the rest. The selections and their order in the book is all hers and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out. Susan edits “Big Muddy” and “The Cape Rock,” so she’s tuned in to literary journals and what works well within a writing collection. Her ability to take what I thought the anthology should reflect and turn it into the final anthology has set the bar pretty high for any future editors I may work with. Our contributors are raving about their pride in the overall book, not just having their work published.
Donna: What is the most surprising or gratifying lesson you’ve learned from working on this project?
Donna:Among so many wonderful submissions, do you have one or two favorites?
Donna: What can you tell us about plans for another anthology?
Donna:Anything you’d like to add?
Deb: We read a lot about the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I polled a number of veterans to choose the anthology’s title. When it came to “Proud to Be,” one vet summarized sentiments best when he said, “You know, people think we’re all crazy. That doesn’t mean we’re not proud we served our country.” I think that sums it up pretty well.
Donna:Where can readers purchase copies of Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors?
Deb:It’s currently available through http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress, http://barnesandnoble.com and http://Amazon.com.
Itwill also be on sale when we celebrate the anthology and its contributors with an evening of readings on Tuesday evening, November 27th, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Avenue in Maplewood 63043. This event is hosted by the St. Louis Poetry Center.