On November 1, 2012, the Missouri Humanities Council released Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, a collection of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, produced in partnership with Southeast Missouri State University Press and the Warriors Arts Alliance. Proud to Be contains essays, stories, poems, and photographs from 61 active duty military personnel, veterans, and families of veterans from across the nation.
To celebrate the book’s release, the St. Louis Poetry Center hosted an evening of public readings at the Focal Point, a local music and arts center. Several of the books contributors were present to read their work for the gathered audience. A video montage of the evening's readings was recently made available.
Geoff Giglierano, executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, summed up the significance of the anthology in the book’s acknowledgements by saying, “…it is vital for the veterans themselves to experience the process of self-expression, to not keep these things bottled up; secondly, it is essential for the good of our society and our nation that the rest of us listen to what these men and women have to say.”