Cody Mower is a writer based out of Gorham, ME. After medically retiring from the Marine Corps in 2016 with a Post-Traumatic Brain Injury, he came home to Maine to sort his shattered life out. In 2019, Cody graduated cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with his B.A. in English with a minor in Writing. He was accepted into the Stonecoast MFA Program the same year as a Creative Non-Fiction writer. He writes and works passionately about post-military life and recovery to raise awareness on veteran’s issues. Some of his work has been published in Moxy Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Up Portland, and a small travel blog called Eventually Everything about life on a traveling bookmobile. Upcoming work to appear in Love Letters to Poe, Proud to Be Volume 9. and The Society of Misfit Stories. Currently, he works with the Maine Humanities Council as a Coordinator/Facilitator for Veteran’s Book and Writing Group.
- In Your Own Words
This presentation is about the importance of veterans telling their own stories as an avenue of not just healing but reclaiming the image of the veteran from the jaws of popular culture. In the silence of our experiences, we unknowingly let other industries tell our stories for us. I will share my own arc and stories from my published work and look at other writers tall about how other writers have dealt with post-military life from Vonnegut to Tobias Wolff, and how the entertainment industry especially in the Vietnam era began to control the narrative of the veteran.