S157. The Soldier's Perspective: How Creative Writing Serves Vets & They Serve Each Other

Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This panel features soldiers who are enrolled in or have completed writing programs alongside their teachers. It gives vets with creative writing degrees the chance to talk about how they were mentored and how that has carried into their own teaching—whether it be on campus, on base, or in community vet centers. What subjects and styles of teaching are the most productive for the soldier-writer in the creative writing classroom? What enables them to carry the mission forward?



Kate Trueblood was awarded the 2013 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Her most recent book is The Baby Lottery. Her work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, the L.A. Review, and Glimmer Train. She teaches 1960s Literature and the Lit of War.

Shawn Wong is the author of two novels, Homebase and American Knees, and the editor or co-editor of six anthologies of Asian American and American multicultural literature. He is Professor of English at the University of Washington.

Christine Dumaine Leche is the editor/author of Outside the Wire: American Soldiers' Voices from Afghanistan. She taught college courses to American soldiers stationed in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan for University of Maryland. She teaches creative writing at Austin Community College.

William R Borego, long time veteran advocate and writer, has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom twice and Thailand once. He has experience teaching overseas to soldiers during combat operations and currently teaches a writing workshop at the Bellingham Veterans Administration.

Clayton Swansen served seven years in the US Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, and one combat deployment in 2007 to Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He separated from the Navy in 2009 to pursue a bachelors degree at Western Washington University.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center