After Action Reports with John Musgrave & Dan Musgrave
The event will be a gateway into using writing and poetry as tools for both expression and healing. As most military families know, surviving is often a lifelong battle and one that is shared. Through the work of a Marine combat veteran and his civilian son, this event will be part poetry reading, part workshop, and part conversation, including a reading of the poetry that helped John Musgrave survive coming home.
John Musgrave served in Vietnam in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines for eleven months and seventeen days before being permanently disabled by his third wound. In addition to speaking publicly about his experiences, and working with younger veterans to help them reintegrate and heal, John is the author of the poetry collection Notes to the Man Who Shot Me: Vietnam War Poems (Coal City Review) and his memoir is forthcoming from Knopf. He was featured in the Ken Burns documentary series, “The Vietnam War.”
Dan Musgrave is a writer and photographer who is currently a Literary Fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. He also currently teaches English and Creative Writing at TCC. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review and The Sun, and his essay, "Worry," was selected as a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2017 anthology. He was named for one of the Marines who pulled his father, John, from the ambush that nearly took his life.