Longwood University has provided an office on campus for the director to meet with interested parties and to display writings by participants in the program. Feel free to drop by (though a phone call–395-4906–or an email at lundmc [at] longwood [dot] edu is advised).
Marie Bates Seeney, who wrote an account of her service as an Army nurse in Vietnam, was interviewed about her life and writing for WFLO radio in Farmville on July 26. While on active duty in Qui Nhon, she married another nurse, Bob Sweeney. Their life together, her widowhood, and her life in Virginia are also recounted. Listen to the … Read More
Sidney J. Paterson (Jackie) was inspired to join the Navy in the 1950s, well before women considered making a career of military service. She tells of the moment got the idea on the first page of her work, “All God’s Children”: My heart tightened as Daddy’s cough tortured my ears. My Daddy was my “very, most, favorite Daddy … Read More
Marie Bates Sweeney, Cumberland, Virginia, writes about her experiences as an Army nurse in Vietnam. Her story begins this way: My name is Marie Sweeney, and I will be sharing my experiences in Vietnam and life after my tour of duty over there with you; but first I want … Read More
Michael Lund has been named to the Advisory Council of Milspeak, a 501 public charitable organization supporting the creative arts endeavors of military service members, veterans, and family members. In the past he has served as a writing coach for the Milspeak Foundation, and the ebook version of his short story collection, How to Not Tell a War Story (2012) … Read More
In 2016 Gentle Culpepper of Boston, Massachusetts, finished The Blood Runs, an autobiographical account of a life begun in poor neighborhoods of Boston and Los Angeles, continued in Vietnamese jungles, and resumed with battles against drugs, depression, and prejudice in the States. Gentle presents us with many images we would prefer not to encounter, but he delivers them … Read More
This fall Gary Bowman of Loveland, Colorado, completed Of Helicopters and Heroes, a fictional account of a Huey helicopter crew chief’s one year tour in Vietnam. Inspired by real events, it includes photos and after-action reports to document the work’s historical accuracy. The tale begins with drama: “It’s way too close in here,” Tim Burroughs thought. The river … Read More