Goin’ to Nashville



When I was in Port Huron, Michigan, last month I had the privilege to speak with two amazing individuals. I had heard of Brian Turner before and read his book of poems Here, Bullet, but I hadn’t heard of Richard Casper. Richard is an artist and former Marine who fought in Iraq around the same time as I did. He also started a non profit with a very similar mission statement to the non profit I started with Miah Washburn. He is getting combat veterans into the arts, but instead of anthologies, stage plays, and small acting gigs, Richard is doing it by flying one combat-injured veteran at a time down to Nashville to write a song of their experiences with some number one selling hit makers. He told me, maybe half-joking, that I should go down there and try it. I took him up on it. His non profit is called CreatiVets and he sent me a flight voucher through the mail, picked up the bill on the hotel and rent-a-car, and I’m on my way.

With luck I will be able to get more veterans from the Pacific Northwest down there to write some songs. I have a few of them in mind right now.

I may be a difficult case since I don’t know how to play an instrument and I never even tried to write a song before. Hell, I’m horrible at writing poetry, so this should be fun. For more information on CreatiVets here is their Facebook page:



By Sean Davis

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 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.

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