Meet our two instructors!

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David Chrisinger

David Chrisinger is the Director of Writing Seminars for The War Horse, the only non-profit newsroom that focuses exclusively on military and veteran issues. He teaches week-long writing seminars for veterans and their family members to help them tell their stories of service and sacrifice. For the last four years, he’s also taught a semester-long writing seminar for student veterans at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 2016, he edited a collection of his students’ essays, See Me For Who I Am, that is helping bridge the cultural divide that separates his students from the American people they fought to protect. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and three young children.

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Randy Brown

Randy Brown embedded with his former Iowa Army National Guard unit as a civilian journalist in Afghanistan, May-June 2011. He authored the poetry collection “Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire” (Middle West Press, 2015). His essays, journalism, and poetry have appeared widely both on-line and in print. As “Charlie Sherpa,” he writes about military culture at:, and about military writing at: