Gerardo Mena -











Publications
 
Poetry                              
 
"So I Was a Coffin"  - Multimedia feature in Poets and Writers Magazine:  http://www.pw.org/content/awardwinning_war_poem  
  
"The Dangers of Time Travel" - Four Way Review, Issue 2: 
http://fourwayreview.com/the-dangers-of-time-travel-by-gerardo-mena/

"Ode to the Enemy Sniper," and "The Spent."  Ninth Letter, 2013:  http://www.ninthletter.com/web_edition/issue/1/poetry.html

"The Spent." (online featured video) Ninth Letter blog, 2013:  http://www.ninthletter.com/where_were_at/edition/50/

"Cylindrical" - Raleigh Review, 2012:  http://www.raleighreview.org/Poetry_Audio_Archive.html
 
"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:  http://www.the22magazine.com/V3/Pages/GerardoMenaPoem.html

"The Kill Hole," "The Platoon Sergeant," "Zipper," "Lazy Days." The Medulla Review, Volume 2, Issue: http://www.themedullareview.com/Gerardo_Mena.html

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


"Easy Steps to College Success," featured on the Veterans Association's guest blog:  http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/?p=3513
 
"A Much-Needed Treat and a Welcome Surprise,"  The New York Times:
http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/a-much-needed-caramel-latte/

"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

 
Music                                
 
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: http://www.bluelotusreview.com/tony_mena.html
 
Other                                 
 
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.