F193. Butch, Bitch, or Whore? American Women Veteran Writers

Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Men continue to dominate the discussion about America's longest war. Women serve alongside men in war and peacetime and their voices, replete with universal questions explored in their writing, need to be heard. In our panel we represent the diversity of the military by sharing women's unique stories that both include and go beyond traditional trauma hero war literature to issues such as gender and racial discrimination, redeployment, family life, coping, and civilian reintegration.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline.docx



Jacqlyn Cope is an Air Force veteran, a creative writing MFA graduate from Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, and a teacher for LAUSD. She has just finished her first memoir based on her military experiences, struggles with PTSD, and reintegration into civilian life.

Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division. She is the author of the books Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the US Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War.

Max Frazier recently retired from her role as senior military faculty and associate professor in the Department for English and Fine Arts at the US Air Force Academy. She, much the same as most of us, writes about her experiences at war and at home, as well as the enigmatic places between.

Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer and instructor/editor for the Veterans Writing Project, has published short fiction and nonfiction. She and Tracy Crow are the authors of It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center