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.