Professor Emeritus of English at Longwood University in Virginia, Michael Lund conducts writing workshops with Home and Abroad, a free writing instruction program for veterans, active-duty military, and families hosted by Longwood University’s Department of English and Modern Languages. At the same time, he continues to add to his own body of work. Listed here are recent publications.
Under the pen name of Taylor Curtis, Michael has begun a new series, The Persimmon River Novels,
in which Staffordshire, a village of 2000 nestled on an inland bay formed by a North Carolina river, is another dying American smalltown; yet individuals are drawn together—instinctively? mysteriously? magically?—to rebuild a community and a tradition.
The first novel, Bridge, is available on Amazon.
In this novel, the town finds itself divided on how to repair or replace historic Short, a key connection within the community and to the larger world. The townspeople must make new bridges or abandon their identify.
“Gravity,” a short story, has been published in the Cuddy Family Foundation for Veterans Poetry & Short Story Journal Volume Seven February 29, 2024. It comes from Independence, a Persimmon River novel-in-progress.
Route 66 Déjá Vu: We graduated in 1965 and were drafted is the first in the Open Road Open Book Novel Series. Read more order and copies at AMAZON.
Route 66 Déjà Vu “examines local, national, and international mid-twentieth-century problems that still exist today. Naturally, Lund writes about the Vietnam War. He served in-country as an Army correspondent in 1970-71. . . . The book broadens . . . wartime perspective with stories told by friends who were soldiers and nurses. Similarly, the dialogue often sounds as if each pronouncement is a lesson about our nation’s present or past behavior. . . . In evaluating [Lund’s earlier books], the late David Willson wrote in these pages: “I highly recommend the stories to all those drawn to serious writing about the Vietnam War and to seekers after the whole story—not just a narrow story told over and over again. The stories showed me what rear- echelon personnel contributed to our war. Thanks to Michael Lund for bravely going with his short stories where no other Vietnam War author has gone before.”
—Henry Zeybel, Vietnam Veterans of America Veteran Books in Review II December 2023
“Turtles,” a short story, appeared in Snapshots, in the 2023 Anthology of the Military Writers Society of America. It comes from Lund’s The Persimmon Rivers Novels, a series set in the Tidewater region of North Carolina that highlights the contribtions of veterans from different eras.
The Military Writers Society of America, along with The Cuddy Foundation for Veterans, have named “Muddy Confluence,” a short story by Michael Lund, as a finalist in the 2022 Writing Contest. They say further that “We are going to be publishing a book with the poems and short stories from all of the finalists that will be available on Amazon soon.”
“Blue Smoke War; White Bones Men,” a Memorial Day 2021 Op-Ed appears in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.