SALLY DRUMM served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 through 1998. Sally developed and leads Milspeak Creative Writing Seminars (MCWS), a free program for military people who want to write about their lives. She is the acquisitions editor for Milspeak Books and editor of Milspeak Memo, an online literary magazine dedicated to freedom of speech and sharing military life in the words of those who live it.
Sally’s writing has been published in Gargoyle, The Gettysburg Review, Lowcountry Weekly, Mythic Passages, ArtNews and other venues. Jick’s Journey, a play written in collaboration with Dennis Adams and John Blair, was performed at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center during March 2007. During May 2007, Mythic Passages, journal of Mythic Imagination Institute, published Jick’s Journey. “Letting Go” (published in The Gettysburg Review ) earned honorable mention in Best American Essays 2005. Scars On My Heart: Military Life in the Words of Those Who Live It, a play composed of 14 vignettes excerpted from the MilSpeak anthology, was performed at Beaufort Performing Arts Center during July 2009 in celebration of the anthology’s publication.
War Stories, 27 short stories written by veterans, touches upon every aspect of military life from hard-corps combat to making love after being blown up by a mortar. Illustrated by veteran Robert Wilson. Edited by Sally Drumm and Sally Shore.
This collection of true stories is a great volume (for the living room or the class room) to get the conversation started about the wartime experience and military life. What are our troops and their families really enduring to answer the call to duty? Revisit the Korean War and Vietnam War on your way to the Gulf Wars as you learn about military life in the words of those who live it.