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The Jesus He Deserved – Matthew Robinson and Sean Davis
March 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm to hear Matthew Robinson and Sean Davis read from their new collaboration with Jacob Meeks, The Jesus He Deserved: & Other Thoughts on War & Returning.
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.
PRAISE FOR SEAN DAVIS:
“Run, don’t walk to buy The Wax Bullet War. Sean Davis has opened up the soldier’s story wide enough for all of our humanity to emerge—messy, beautiful, chaotic, tender, violent, loving. The territory between soldier and artist is breath-taking.”
— Lidia Yuknavitch, author, The Chronology of Water and The Book of Joan
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, is co-editor of the online literary journal The Gravity of the Thing, and is an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. He lives, writes, and teaches in Portland, Oregon.
PRAISE FOR MATTHEW ROBINSON:
“Robinson’s clear-eyed account of a band of young soldiers stationed in Iraq is remorseless yet compassionate, bone-dry yet fierce as the desert winds. Their voices linger long after the book is closed: you will not forget them.”
— Diana Abu-Jaber, author, Birds of Paradise
Jacob Meeks is a veteran, an aid worker, a storyteller and a leader. He’s worked from 2009 to present as a humanitarian aid worker specializing in operations and security. He’s done humanitarian work 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 working on his writing career. His first stories are published in War Stories 2017 and The Jesus He Deserved.
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