‘MTSU On the Record’ gives voice to veterans via literary works

The next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program proves that the pen is at least as mighty as the sword in both peacetime and wartime.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Matthew Brown, a facilitator of the Writers’ Corps creative writing workshop and the editor of DMZ, an annual literary journal for student veterans, will air from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ).

Brown, who also is a lecturer in the Department of English as well as a poet, showcases the poetry and prose of military veterans enrolled at MTSU in DMZ. The journal was founded in April 2013.

Writers’ Corps, which Brown co-founded in 2009, aims to encourage veterans to articulate their thoughts through writing and to craft their stories through collaboration and revision.

Brown is trying to turn the program into an official tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, in part because he has received such positive feedback from people across the country who want to replicate the program.

“One of the things that we do that nobody else does is … working on what I’m calling ‘post-traumatic social growth’,” said Brown.

“You’ve got this kind of collusion between the larger public and these veterans, and you’ve got this receptive ear and this leadership stance that these vets can take.”

Audio clips of several student-veterans reading their writings also are included in the broadcast.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.