“Citizen. Soldier. Citizen” Art Exhibit

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts located in Michigan City, Indiana is featuring the special exhibition Citizen. Soldier. Citizen. The exhibition is a collection of art made by former military service-personnel, many of whom have been featured in JME. The


exhibition is curated by JME’s Art Editor, Tara Tappert. The entire catalogue of the art exhibition is available online and worth a look. Additionally, the collection has already received favorable press. We are excited that Tappert and many JME contributing artists are hard at work promoting the power of artistic expression for bridging the military – civilian divide and for healing the wounds of war.

Spotlight: Brian Mockenhaupt

brianPlease join us in congratulating Brian, Managing Editor of the Journal of Military Experience for winning the Michael Kelly award for his story “The Living and the Dead.” His short story won him $25,000 for his exemplary, 18 month research-journalism on a platoon (and often outside the wire). You can read experts on the Kelly award page (URL above) or better yet, you can purchase a copy of the entire article. I did and I can’t wait to read it! Mockenhaupt’s writing has been published in The Atlantic, Outdoor Magazine, and Esquire (among other prestigious publications). We are so proud of Mockenhaupt and honored he shares his expertise with us at MEA. Congratulations, Brian! Well deserved! And to the judges for the award: good choice! There’s no more deserving a writer, friend, guy.

Pedagogy Spotlight: Michael Lund

In his basic composition course, Michael Lund used poet Gabriel A. Tolliver’s recently published piece (In the inaugural issue of The Blue Falcon Review) “The Afghan Blood House.” As Lund explained, Tolliver’s piece helped elucidate the concept of plot, “I tell them [his students] sometimes hands–images of hands–are a shortcut to agency, to who has and uses power. Still hands can mean lack of agency, injured hands loss, fists resolution, etc. So this was a great story…” (Lund para. 1). Revealing further details of his lesson plan using Tolliver’s short story, Lund explained: “I asked [students] what the hand  prints represent in the story (getting eventually to both agency and, when annotated, signatures). Asked what kinds of hands, though unseen, were doing things (got healing and killing). Asked what the wounded soldier’s hand represented (got them to comradeship, handshake, connection), what the blood smear meant (arrived at loss of identity and life itself), asked whose hand the narrator touched (comrades but also, they finally realized, ourselves, the readers). The hands in the story pull us into conflict, lift us up and drag us down, draw us on and tug us back” (Lund para. 2).

Lund expressed gratitude to Tolliver for his great work, which allowed his students to better understand elements of literature and storytelling. In sharing Lund’s lesson plan we hope other teachers, writing workshop leaders, writing center tutors / coaches / mentors, etc. will look to the published work in our journals The Blue Falcon Review, The Journal of Military Experience and the Arts, and Blue Streak: A journal of military poetry in their efforts in the teaching of writing.


Lund, Michael. Personal email to author. 26 Nov. 2013. Web.

Spotlight: Eric Hodges

Eric Hodges, MEA Scholarship Editor recently gave a TEDx talk on the implications of the military–civilian divide (see above video). Hodges is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech, his dissertation research like his TEDx talk advances research in veteran studies. In fact, as Hodges explains in the video, he is responsible for establishing the Virginia Tech Veteran Studies conference. The second annual conference takes place in April 2014. A call for presenters is currently out with a deadline of January 10, 2014. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we do. Hodges message is a powerful one and one that exemplifies the work we seek to promote here at MEA.