David Abrams is the author of Fobbit (Grove/Atlantic). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, The Literarian, Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, and other literary quarterlies. Abrams retired in 2008 after a twenty-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist. In 2005, he deployed to Baghdad with the 3rd Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Colby Buzzell served as an Army infantryman in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Assigned to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Buzzell blogged from the front lines of Iraq as a replacement for his habitual journaling back in the states. He is the author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq and Lost in America: A Dead-End Journey.
Siobhan Fallon is an army spouse whose debut collection of stories, You Know When the Men Are Gone, was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Janet Maslin of the New York Times. Fallon’s stories and essays have appeared in Salamander, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, Publishers’ Weekly, among others, and she writes a fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and lives in Falls Church, Virginia, where her husband is still active duty. More can be found at her website www.siobhanfallon.com.
Matt Gallagher is the author of the war memoir Kaboom, published in 2010 by Da Capo Press. A former Army captain who served fifteen months in Iraq, he is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattGallagher83.
Ted Janis graduated from Wake Forest University and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying twice to both Iraq and Afghanistan. “Raid” is his publishing debut. He currently lives in New York City and studies international affairs at Columbia University.
Mariette Kalinowski served in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq twice, in 2005 and 2008, and discharging as a sergeant. Her experiences as a heavy machine gunner on convoys led her to focus on women’s perspectives of combat and war, since women’s involvement in the wars is too often dismissed. She is an advocate for women veterans and participated in the documentary Service: The Film. She currently studies in the Hunter College Master of Fine Arts program and is working on her first novel.
Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College. He has been published by the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and Granta, and is completing a short story collection to be published by Penguin Press.
Gavin Ford Kovite was an infantry platoon leader in Baghdad from 2004 to 2005. After his deployment, he attended NYU School of Law and has since returned to active duty as an Army lawyer. His work has been published in Flatman Crooked and in Nine Lines, the journal of the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop.
Perry O’Brien is an Army veteran of Afghanistan and a conscientious objector. He is currently a labor organizer and an MFA student at New York University. His work has appeared in New Letters and New Labor Forum, and he is the co-author of After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance.
Roy Scranton’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Boston Review, The Massachusetts Review, Denver Quarterly, LIT, New Letters, the New York Times, Slate, and elsewhere. He earned an MA from the New School for Social Research and is currently a PhD candidate in English at Princeton University. He was an artilleryman in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, and served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 (1st AD). “Red Steel India” is from his novel War Porn. Follow Roy on Twitter @RoyScranton.
Jacob Siegel is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is from Brooklyn. Mr. Siegel’s work has been published in New York Press, New Partisan, and The Arch. Currently he is writing a book that he describes as a pulp detective novel set inside an epic detective novel. He would rather not say anything more about it but if agents or wealthy patrons are interested the working title is Lucifer’s Nightgown.
Roman Skaskiw’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Stanford Magazine, Front Porch Journal, on GoNomad.com, the Mises Institute website, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His six years in the US Army included completion of Ranger School and Jumpmaster School, two combat tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, and one with the Kunar Province Provincial Reconstruction Team.
Andrew Slater served in the US Army as an infantry and Special Forces officer from 2000 to 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan (2002–2003) and Iraq (2004) as an infantry platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division, followed by two deployments to Iraq (2006–2007) and one to Afghanistan (2009) with 5th Special Forces Group. He received a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Columbia University and currently teaches high school English in Erbil, Iraq.
Brian Turner (author of Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise) served as an infantry sergeant in Iraq (2nd Infantry Division) and in Bosnia (10th Mountain Division). He received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Weekend America, among others.
Brian Van Reet was born in Houston, Texas. In November 2001, he dropped out of the University of Virginia and enlisted in the Army. He served as a tank gunner with the 1st Cavalry Division and was awarded a Bronze Star with “V” Device for combat actions in Baghdad. His fiction has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology, won the Gulf Coast Prize, and has appeared in journals including The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Brooklyn Review, and Evergreen Review. He lives in Austin where he holds a James A. Michener Fellowship.