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Middle West Press Editors Interviewed on ‘At Ease’ Podcast

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A recently released episode of Museum of the American Military Family Museum & Learning Center’s At Ease podcast features interviews with Middle West Press editors Randy Brown and Lisa Stice . Museum founder and Executive Director Circe Olson Woessner hosted the 73-minute interview, which is available via the  Podbean mobile app network  or web-browser FREE  here at this link . The three discussed their respective personal histories with the military, and how those experiences shape their actions both as poets, and as editors and publishers of poetry. Located east of Albuquerque in Tijeras, New Mexico, the museum’s  mission  is “to bring together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served—America’s Military Families.”  In keeping with that mission, the museum’s MAMF Media project “presents video and audio podcasts and shares the stories, memories, news and culture of the men, women and children who serve alongside America's service members

Anthology Calls for Micro-Stories & Poems Inspired by Military Gear

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Middle West Press LLC, an independent micro-publisher of military-themed and -adjacent literary projects, has issued a call for submissions for poems & 300-word “micro-stories” (fiction/non-fiction/memoir) inspired by military uniforms and equipment , for an anthology anticipated to publish in November 2023. Editors request both new and previously published (reprint) works that center on physical items used, carried, or encountered during military service. This project was inspired by a concept first suggested by U.S. Army veteran and author Vicki Hudson. For the purposes of this project, “micro-stories” can be defined to include prose-poems, micro-fictions/nonfictions, anecdotes, vignettes, and other forms. Maximum word-count for each “micro-story” is 300. (The approximate size of one-and-a-half Tweets.) Maximum line-count for individual poems is 100. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. There is no submissions fee. A Submittable page is here at this link . Submit no more th

Middle West Press Names Lisa Stice as Associate Editor

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Middle West Press LLC , a veteran-owned, Iowa-based provider of writing, editorial, and editorial-management services—as well as an independent book publisher—has named Lisa Stice as an associate editor .   Plans call for Stice to collaborate with the press on an undetermined number of projects in the 2023-2024 publishing season, including making editorial selections for a soon-to-be-announced anthology of military-themed prose and poetry .   Founded in 2002 as a freelance writing, editing, and editorial-management provider often serving architecture and design, home technology, and building constructio n magazines, in 2015 the business expanded operations to become an independent micro-publisher of print-on-demand trade paperback and e-books. When producing books under its imprint,  Middle West Press is a traditional-model publisher —not a “hybrid,” “author-subsidized,” or “vanity” press. Authors do not pay for services.  Projects are solicited and selected on literary merit.  To da

Happy New Year! Here are Some Highlights from 2022—and What’s Next!

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Here are a few highlights from our 2022 publishing season—and a few hints as to our plans for the coming months! DECEMBER 2021 On December 28, 2021, the Sangria Summit Society awarded Lisa Stice a “Poetry of Modern Conflict Award” for her third poetry collection FORCES , published by Middle West Press earlier that year. The Sangria Summit Society is a literary non-profit administered by brothers Jim and William Burns. JANUARY 2022 Randy Brown’s chapbook of experimental poetry, So Frag & So Bold , was reviewed by war poet Bill McCloud at the VVA Books website here at link . MARCH 2022 The Sangria Summit Society awarded Eric Chandler a “Poetry of Modern Conflict Award” for his debut poetry collection Hugging This Rock , published by Middle West Press in 2017. MAY 2022 Lisa Stice was a featured poet at the Gaithersburg (Maryland) Book Festival ! JULY 2022 The Sangria Summit Society awarded Randy Brown a “Poetry of Modern Conflict Award” for his debut poetry collection, Welcome to FO

Through Classic WW2 Movie, Humorist-Poet Explores Go-to-War Ethics

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In a cheeky critique of the classic American air power narrative “Twelve O’Clock High,” award-winning soldier-poet, essayist, and humorist Randy Brown explores what it means to be a leader or follower at war—morally, physically, and psychologically. The book is packed full of insights into military life , as viewed through the lenses of war movies, history, and the author’s experiences as a one-time U.S. Army-trained “lessons-learned analyst.”  “I started out to write 12 haiku poems about a favorite old war movie,” says the author, “but my ‘whimsical experiment in minimalist war poetry’ mutated into a ‘maximum effort’ mix of memory, media, and military culture!” TWELVE O’CLOCK HAIKU: Leadership Lessons from Old War Movies & New Poems  now comprises poems both old and new, a lyric essay about the film, and a list of resources for enthusiasts of World War II bomber poetry, history, and movies.   Brown first encountered the 1949 movie when on temporary duty as a U.S. Army citizen-so

Press Reveals Slate of 2022 Poetry Books by U.S. Veterans!

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  Middle West Press LLC , the Iowa-based business that administers The Aiming Circle community of practice as well as other military-writing projects, recently announced a forthcoming series of three poetry collections centering on or adjacent to issues of war, healing, and military service. All three titles are currently available for pre-order in Kindle e-book format. With this current slate's publication, the midwestern micro-publisher (1 to 4 titles annually) will have produced nearly one dozen books , including those with non-fiction, fiction, and poetry elements. Publication dates and titles for the new Middle West Press titles are: Aug. 4, 2022: Always Ready: Poems from a Life in the U.S. Coast Guard by Benjamin B. White . More details here: "With Keen Eye & Salty Wit, Coast Guard Poetry Book Launches August 2022"  Oct. 1, 2022: Blood / Not Blood ... Then the Gates by Ron Riekki . More details here: "October 2022: Michigan Poet-Veteran Explores Human

Poet-Veteran to Bear Witness to War & Homecoming: November 2022

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In an explosive first collection of poetry , HEAT + PRESSURE , U.S. Army veteran and Tennessee storyteller Ben Weakley explores what it means to have gone to war . In 2018, as he was retiring from the Army, Weakley began participating in writing workshops with Rockville, Maryland-based Community Building Art Works (CBAW) . The practice sparked in him a passion for creating opportunities for dialogue among “civilians” and “military” audiences through writing and literature. “I wrote these poems on phone screens in the back of commuter buses and metro trains. I wrote them in notebooks on lunch breaks at work and quiet Sunday mornings before the rest of my family was awake,” the poet writes. “At first, I wrote about combat, acts of war, and unprocessed violence. As I pushed myself further, I wanted to know more about why I had decided to go to war [...] I wanted to know what it meant for my life now. The words happened. I bore witness . ” Weakley now enjoys creating spaces for people