The Jesus He Deserved – Sean Davis, Matthew Robinson, Jacob Meeks

Returned veterans are becoming writers and artists. And American stories are changing. The Jesus He Deserved tells the tales of the wars our soldiers fight at home before they fight abroad and once that battle has ended. Each holds the conscience of the world right now. Each shows how someone who has seen too much death can recover into life.

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

Matthew Robinson is the author of the novel The Horse Latitudes (an Oregon Book Award finalist), holds an MFA in Fiction from Portland State University, co-edits the online literary journal The Gravity of the Thing, and is an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. He lives, writes, and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

Jacob Meeks is a veteran who has worked in humanitarian aid, specializing in operations and security in South Sudan, Guatemala, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, and most recently, Nigeria. In the past he deployed with the 82nd Airborne to Kosovo and Afghanistan. He is currently also working on his writing career. His first stories were published in War Stories 2017 and The Jesus He Deserved.

Benefit for Puerto Rico

Join local authors Kate Gray, Ellen Urbani, and Sean Davis as they discuss the experience of writing about trauma. All of these authors were involved somehow in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and we want to continue to shed light on the disaster that continues to unfold in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The federal government is not giving enough aide to people there, and we want to keep their need in our consciousness and do what we can to help. A percentage of sales during the event and all day will go toward relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and we will be collecting donations after the event.

Local Author Sean Davis

We’re rescheduling our Veteran’s Day reading for tonight, with Sean and other vets. Iraq war veteran Sean Davis will be reading from his memoir, The Wax Bullet War, and hosting a reading for other veterans. This is a safe place for veterans and loved ones of veterans to find community and comfort in the written word.

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Veterans’ Reading with Sean Davis

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Iraq war veteran Sean Davis will be reading from his memoir, and hosting a reading for other veterans. This is a safe place for veterans and loved ones of veterans to find community and comfort in the written word. THIS IS BEING POSTPONED TO A DATE IN JANUARY. MORE INFO TO FOLLOW SOON.

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