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Who We Are

MEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish creative prose, poetry, and artwork.

Our volunteers are based all over, including college professors, professional authors, veterans’ advocates, and clinicians. As such, most of our services are provided through email and in online writing workshops.

All editing, consultations, and workshops are free of charge to those accepted for publication. Veterans and their families pay nothing for our services, and they never will.

In addition to its primary publishing mission, MEA hosts online and in-person writing workshops and orchestrated national symposia in 2012 and 2015. MEA’s in-person events are free or low-cost opportunities for veterans and their spouses to build skills in the creative and therapeutic arts.

Meeting our fundraising goals helps us to pay modest stipends to workshop leaders, host events, and educate schools and other organizations about veterans’ issues using the prose, poetry, and artwork created by our contributors.

Under our Publications tab, there are nearly a dozen volumes of creative work crafted by veterans and their family members as well as a virtual art gallery. Our blog posts feature short pieces that cover a wide range of opinion editorials, literary reviews, and profiles on veteran artists and writers.

Please consider spending some time navigating our site and reading and seeing the fine work of veterans and their families from around the globe.