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From deep within the heart of the rustbelt, these three personal narratives explode onto the stage and render the toll of war on not only those who've experienced conflict, but on their families and communities, as well--a toll that resonates with us long after we leave the theater.
About the Author
J.A. Moad II is a former Air Force Pilot with over 3000 flight hours and a hundred combat sorties in the C-130. He served as an English Professor at the United States Air Force Academy and continues to serve as a fiction editor and blogger for their international journal, War Literature & the Arts (WLA). His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and he is the recipient of Consequence Magazine's Fiction Award in 2014. In addition to writing, he has performed on stage at the Library of Congress and The Guthrie Theater as part of The Telling Project - Giving Voice to the Veteran Experience. He wrote and performed in his play, "Outside Paducah - the Wars at Home" in 2016 at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in Minnesota and at New York City's Wild Project in 2017. His degrees include, a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S Air Force Academy, an M.A. in English from Southern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction & Playwriting ) from Augsburg College.
"Being honest about the ugly places war takes its warriors after coming home is necessary if our society is to support them on their return. While it is important to be honest about the depravity that often stems from trauma or deprivation, compassion is important in equal measures. Moad achieves this by driving straight at the heart of his character’s yearning—at once homesick, anarchic, and lyrical." —Consequence Magazine