On November 17, 2021, six veterans read their writing, featured in a newly-published anthology, to an assembly of family members and supporters at UNL’s East Campus Union. Just over a year after its publication, the Nebraska Warrior Writers finally reunited to celebrate the release of their anthology From Warriors to Warrior Writers Journeys to Healing.
The work celebrates the writing of more than twenty veterans and facilitators and was a labor of love for all involved.
The groups have been meeting since 2014, but the move to publish an anthology began just before the pandemic hit. While meeting on Zoom and collaborating via email, the writers produced captivating and moving works of poetry, fiction, and essays.
The diligent work of editors Sara Hollcroft and Erika Hamilton, along with support of the staff at Humanities Nebraska, brought the collective vision to life.
Marine Corps veteran Sharon Robino-West, one of the original members of the Warrior Writers, said of the event, “It was a great accomplishment for each of the writers.”
The Nebraska Warrior Writers program, made possible by a partnership between Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Writing Project, provides veterans, military personnel, and their family members writing workshops with professional writers and opportunities to write and receive feedback on their own writing. Both the Omaha and Lincoln groups are meeting in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online meeting capabilities. The anthology, From Warriors to Warrior Writers Journeys to Healing can be purchased on Amazon.