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Reading: Sean Mclain Brown and Jim Castellanos

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Jim Castellanos
Sean Mclain Brown

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31-3-2011 4:00 PM

End Date

31-3-2011 5:00 PM

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This audiovisual recording features readings by Jim Castellanos and Sean Mclain Brown, contributing writers to the 42nd Annual UND Writers Conference, which took place on Thursday March 31, 2011. Both authors contributed to an anthology edited by Maxine Hong Kingston entitled Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Sheryl O’Donnell of the UND English Department introduces the reading, mentioning a book by local author and Iraq war veteran Nick Maurstad, Bristol’s Bastards: In Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry of Minnesota’s National Guard. Jim Castellanos, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, reads an excerpt from his essay “Voluntary Disarmament in Iraq” featured in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Disabled former Marine and member of Maxine Hong Kingston’s Veterans’ Writing Group Sean Mclain Brown reads “Spin Drift,” a short fiction piece featured in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Brown also reads two excerpts from his book Shrapnel that were inspired by other authors. One of these comparisons juxtaposes Randall Jarrell’s poem, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” and Brown’s own poem “Bombardments,” and the other features poet Pablo Neruda’s use of imagery and Brown’s poem “Bluff.” Another pair of poems Brown reads is Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” and Brown’s “Dulce et Decorum Est Redux.” Brown also reads additional poetry and short fiction, including, “A Grateful Town,” “Sangha,” “Thank you,” “How I Survive,” and “Flow.” In a question and answer session, Castellanos and Brown discuss the possible development of a national department of peace, resolving issues in Libya and other countries without violence, and returning to civilian life after serving in war.

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Mar 31st, 4:00 PM Mar 31st, 5:00 PM

Reading: Sean Mclain Brown and Jim Castellanos

This audiovisual recording features readings by Jim Castellanos and Sean Mclain Brown, contributing writers to the 42nd Annual UND Writers Conference, which took place on Thursday March 31, 2011. Both authors contributed to an anthology edited by Maxine Hong Kingston entitled Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Sheryl O’Donnell of the UND English Department introduces the reading, mentioning a book by local author and Iraq war veteran Nick Maurstad, Bristol’s Bastards: In Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry of Minnesota’s National Guard. Jim Castellanos, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, reads an excerpt from his essay “Voluntary Disarmament in Iraq” featured in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Disabled former Marine and member of Maxine Hong Kingston’s Veterans’ Writing Group Sean Mclain Brown reads “Spin Drift,” a short fiction piece featured in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. Brown also reads two excerpts from his book Shrapnel that were inspired by other authors. One of these comparisons juxtaposes Randall Jarrell’s poem, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” and Brown’s own poem “Bombardments,” and the other features poet Pablo Neruda’s use of imagery and Brown’s poem “Bluff.” Another pair of poems Brown reads is Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” and Brown’s “Dulce et Decorum Est Redux.” Brown also reads additional poetry and short fiction, including, “A Grateful Town,” “Sangha,” “Thank you,” “How I Survive,” and “Flow.” In a question and answer session, Castellanos and Brown discuss the possible development of a national department of peace, resolving issues in Libya and other countries without violence, and returning to civilian life after serving in war.