Kuhio Walters & Eleanor Shevlin


We have just started collecting resources from the American Wars reaching back to WWI. Enjoy exploring what you see here, but more importantly, please help us add to this collection of materials. If you know of any text that reflects the literary efforts of veterans, or that deal with the reading and writing of vets in any way, please send a recommendation to wcbigread@wcupa.edu.

World War I

*First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Be sure to peruse the collections in the archive, each with biographical information about the poets and full copies of their poetry, and to listen to the podcasts, which include interviews with many experts on WWI, as well as documentary pieces.

*A free Google e-book of soldier's poetry

Soldier Poets [first series]: songs of the fighting men, by Galloway Kyle

World War II

*David G. Wittels. "What the GI Reads."" in The Saturday Evening Post, 23 June 1945.

*John Hench. Books as Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II. (Cornell University Press, 2010)

*A collection of WWII poetry archived at Swarthmore.

Korean War

*A collection of poetry about the Korean War.

Vietnam War


This conference, hosted at Brown University in 1999, features extended excerpts by writers on the experience of war both in Vietnam and in the U.S.

*An excellent introduction to Tim O'Brien and his writing, and actual readings performed at the conference, both as transcripts and as audio recordings.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts MidWest