Holes in Our Hearts: An Anthology of New Mexican Military Related Stories and Poetry
Holes in Our Hearts provides snapshots of military life and how the military has affected lives. It is written from the perspective of New Mexico active-duty military members, veterans of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, as well as their family members and caregivers. Some of the writing represents the first time many authors have revealed their innermost thoughts to anyone. Some of the stories are written by established authors with numerous publishing credentials. All are worth your time to learn why we continue to honor the military on behalf of a grateful nation.
The anthology is a beautiful collection of works that are emotional, humorous, frightening, enlightening, or thought-provoking. The recollections in Holes in Our Hearts are, in many instances, the only way the authors could share their memories and experiences.
This collection of prose and poetry was gathered and created by SouthWest Writers and funded through a grant from the State of New Mexico Arts Agency.
Contributor Tom Neiman prepared an 11-minute 49-second video about Holes in Our Hearts featuring Joe Badal, Jim Tritten, Steve Borbas (creator of the sculpture on the cover), and poet Paul Gonzales. Click here to watch the entire video. Or watch smaller segments of Steve Borbas discussing his sculpture, Joe Badal reading his Foreword to the anthology, Jim Tritten reading his Editor’s Introduction, and Paul Gonzales reading “A Hole in My Heart.”
Bob Kidera is host of the Black Range Podcast. On July 1, 2023, he interviewed Jim Tritten, who spearheaded and organized the Holes in Our Hearts anthology. Listen to the interview on buzzsprout.com and spotify.com.
Book launch/readings were held at the Los Lunas History Museum on July 15th, the Corrales Community Library on July 28th, the Santa Fe Main Library on August 12th, and the Cherry Hills Library on August 26th. One more regional book launch/reading is scheduled at the Placitas Community Library on Veteran’s Day, November 11th at 2:00 PM. There will be selected readings from ten authors at the regularly scheduled SWW in-person meeting at UNM-CE on Saturday, November 4th at 11:00 AM. Additional regional book launches/readings are still being worked on.
Paperback editions of the anthology are available on Amazon. Revenue from the sale of Holes in Our Hearts will be used to pay for organizational programs such as high quality speakers and presenters at our meetings, classes, and workshops.
E. Joe Brown
John J. Candelaria
Paul David Gonzales
Linda G. Harris
M. Elder Hays
A. Michael Hibner
James Houston and Molly Houston
Rose Marie Kern
Caroline A. LeBlanc
Jacqueline Murray Loring
Elaine Carson Montague
W. Howard Plunkett
Earl W. Rugen
Vicki A. Turpen
J. Allen Whitt
Circe Olson Woessner