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Gerardo Mena



"So I Was a Coffin" - Multimedia feature in Poets and Writers Magazine:

"The Dangers of Time Travel" - Four Way Review, Issue 2:

"Ode to the Enemy Sniper," and "The Spent." Ninth Letter, 2013:

"The Spent." (online featured video) Ninth Letter blog, 2013:

"Cylindrical" - Raleigh Review, 2012:

"The Nursing Home Boxer to a High School Volunteer" - 2nd Place, Gemini Magazine, 2012 Open Poetry Competition:

"The Singer" - Diagram, Issue 11.2:

"The Writer" - Barely South Review:

"Paradise Song" - The22Magazine, 2013:

"The Kill Hole," "The Platoon Sergeant," "Zipper," "Lazy Days." The Medulla Review, Volume 2, Issue:

"So I Was a Coffin" - 1st Place, Winningwriters, 2010 War Poetry Contest:

"So I Was a Coffin" - Best New Poets 2011: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers, pg. 115

"Insurgent" - Cream City Review, Volume 36, Issue 2, pg. 13

"Eating Petals" - Iron Horse Literary Review, Volume 15.2 (2013) pg. 31

"Posthumous" - Cider Press Review, Volume 13, pg. 75

"Prelude in E Minor" - Poetry East, 2012, pg. 217

"War Haiku" - 1st Place, Seven Hills Review, 2011 Penumbra Haiku Contest, Volume 17, pg. 83

"The Marriage of Hand and Spear" - Louisiana Review, 2012, pg. 36.

"War Child" - Hawai'i Review, Fall 2011, Issue #75, pg. 11

"The Thousand-Yard Stare" - Permafrost, Winter 2012, pg. 84

"Ode to a Pineapple Grenade" - Steam Ticket, Volume XV, Spring 2012, pg. 69

"Cartography" - Paper Crow, 2012.

"The Painter," and ""Maps." New Mexico Poetry Review, Spring 2011 issue, pg. 28-29.

"The Last Bullet Has Sounded (And Still I War)." Spillway, Issue 17, Fall 2011, pg. 50.

San Pedro River Review, Spring 2011, pg. 60

The Medulla Review, Volume 2 Anthology, pg. 6

...and love..., Jacar Press Anthology, pg. 70

"Isthmus" - Zombies for a Cure Anthology


'The Enemy,' Through the Eyes of a Child," - The New York Times - At War:

"Writing Lessons," Ploughshares Blog:

"Easy Steps to College Success," featured on the Veterans Association's guest blog:

"A Much-Needed Treat and a Welcome Surprise," The New York Times:

"Phalanx" - War, Literature & the Arts, Volume 24, 2012, pg. 185 (Creative Non-Fiction)

"I Was a Heisman Trophy" - Chautauqua Literary Journal, Issue 9, 2012, pg. 137: (Creative Non-Fiction) Labeled as a Chautauqua Spotlight as a new voice to watch.

"How to Build a War Hero," Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 2, SEMO University Press, 2013, pg. 26

"The Lack of Weight" - Red, White, and True: The American Military Story from WWII to the Present. University of Nebraska Press, 2014, pg. 85


Song, "Breaking Hallelujahs," featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Nashville Review:

Song and music video, "I Felt the Earth Spin Today," featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Nashville Review:

Song, "Holding Maps," featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Blue Lotus Review:


Multimedia highlight video of wrestler J'den Cox, made by Gerardo Mena, featured on the Columbia Tribune Newspaper sports blog:

Upcoming Events

March 4th, 2011 - Breakout speaker during the "Write to Learn" Conference at the Tan-Tar-A resort, Osage Beach, MO.

March 11th, 2011 - Speaker during "The Art of Writing" Middle School Writing Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

March 17th, 2011 - Guest speaker for Rockbridge High School's "Advanced Investigations and Seminars" class taught by Kathryn Fishman-Weaver about his military experience and his road to becoming a published war poet. Columbia, MO.

April 11th, 2011 - Panel speaker for veterans issue, Rhonda Pratt's Journalism Class. Journalism School, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

April 27th, 2011 - Full band playing music on the University of Missouri campus for "Veterans Giving Back" day. Columbia, MO.

April 30th, 2011 - Guest speaker for the Care Package Project Luncheon.

12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Courtyard Marriott

3301 Lemone Industrial Boulevard

Columbia, MO 65201

May 2nd, 2011 - Guest lecturer for the University of Missouri's English 2100 section 2, "Speak Exile and the War Story" class taught by John A. Nieves. Columbia, MO.

May 7th, 2011 - Full band playing at the Blue Fugue. Missouri Student Veterans pub crawl. Columbia, MO.

September 27th and 29th, 2011 - Guest Speaker for the University of Missouri's Intermediate Poetry class. Will be lecturing and then co-facilitating a publishing workshop.

November 5th, 2011 - Guest Speaker for the "Mid-Missouri Author's Gala" at Village Books, 1810 Paris Road, Columbia, MO, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

February 28th, 2012 - Poetry reading, Hearing Voices series, Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO, 7 p.m.

November 3rd, 2012 - Guest of Honor and featured speaker at the University of Missouri ROTC's Marine Corps Ball. Columbia, MO.

May 8th, 2013 - IAC building, 550 West 18th St., Manhattan, NYC. Poetry Reading for the Headstrong Project, Words of War, opening poet, will be followed by the actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

June 6th, 2013 - Honored by the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball Team as the "Walk Off Hero" for his military service/post-service accomplishments.

July 21st, 2013 - Writing Workshop: Rockstar 101: The Importance of Social Media in Today's Writer's Market, Port Townsend, WA, Goddard M.F.A. Workshop.

July 25th, 2013 - Veteran Writing Workshop: Surrealism: When Not Making Sense Makes Sense. Springfield - Greene County Library, Springfield, MO, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

August 14th, 2013 - Congressional briefing with the Missouri Humanities Council on the importance of funding for the NEH and MHC to keep art relevant.

September 28th, 2013 - Wordfest, speaker panel - Springfield, MO.

February 21st, 2014 - Book Launch - Cape Girardeau, MO, Southeast Missouri State campus, Glenn Auditorium in Dempster Hall. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

March 13th, 2014 - Proud to Be: Anthology Launch - Featured Reader - University of Missouri - Columbia Campus, Stotler Lounge. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

May 24th, 2014 - Workshop: The Multi-Media Experience - St. Louis Public Library - St. Louis, MO. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

June 7th, 2014 - Veteran's Exhibit - Featured Speaker - Mid-America Arts Alliance - 2018 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108.

October 1st, 2014 - Words Of War - Featured Poet - Reading work with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Edwards, Lili Taylor, David Strathairn for the Headstrong Project's Fundraiser. 360 Tribeca, New York, NY. 7 p.m.

October 18th, 2014 - Breakout Speaker - The Write Direction Conference by the Missouri Writer's Guild. Workshop 1 - 10 a.m., Workshop 2 - 2 p.m.

November 10th, 2014 - Veteran's Day Speaker - Park Hill South High School, Kansas City, MO.

November 15th, 2014 - Multi-Media Workshop Part 2 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO.