All veterans have a story to tell.  Since 2011, the Missouri Humanities (MH) have partnered with many great organizations to provide veterans and their families with an outlet for self-expression through writing.  MH’s Veterans Programs offer support to both new and experienced writers through workshops, readings, and an annual publication.  Together, these programs encourage hundreds of veterans each year to tell their stories.

For more information regarding Veterans Programs contact Lisa Carrico, Director of Family & Veterans Programs at or call 314.781.9660.

Proud to Be Anthology Series

Proud to Be : Writing by American Warriors is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and photography submissions by and about veterans from across the nation.  The anthology preserves and shares the perspectives of our soldiers, veterans, and their families — spanning generations.  This yearly anthology is funded by the Missouri Humanities, edited by Dr. James Brubaker, and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Click the icon above for more information.

Veteran Writing Workshops

The Missouri Humanities, in partnership with the VA St. Louis Medical System at Jefferson Barracks-Occupational Therapy, the St. Louis Public Library, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library, Moral Injury Association of America, and the Kansas City Public Library offer Veteran Writing Workshops to veterans and their families – teaching them the writing and narrative skills needed to better share their stories.  These workshops are FREE and taught by professional writers; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college/university writing course. Click the icon above for more information.

Missouri Humanities on the Radio!

KFAI Community Radio Show
Listen to Lisa Carrico, Director of Family and Veteran Programs, as she discusses MIssouri Humanities’ (MH) Veterans Programs with interviewer Paul Van Dyke of Minnesota/St. Paul’s KFAI Community Radio show, Write on! Included in the interview are audio clips from MH’s Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 6 book reading hosted by Saint Louis Public Radio. Audio Clips provided by Blip Blap Video.

Watch Proud to Be, Vol. 6 release event held at St. Louis Public Radio with readings by featured authors below.

I write because I have to.  All the stories from all these experiences, I think about them all the time.  And so writing is very cathartic.

(interview in the Proud to Be: Vol. 6 book release event)

Who can attend the workshops?

Any veteran, current service member, and their families are welcome to attend MHC Veteran Writing Workshops.  The workshops have a maximum capacity, however, so make sure to register in advance.

Do I need to sign-up in advance?

Yes.  Please register in advance to ensure your place in the workshop is reserved.

Is there a cost associated with the workshop?

No.  These workshops are underwritten by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the host venue.