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J.A. Moad II

J.A. Moad II

Delta Airlines/War, Literature & the Arts

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J.A.'s work combines: Writing, Education, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I translate the stories that come through me and give expression to those stories on the page.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    United States Air Force Academy

  • Graduate Degree

    Creative Writing

    Augsburg College

  • Graduate Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Poets, Lyricists & Creative Writers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: English Language and Literature, General

Graduate Degree: Creative Writing

Graduate Degree: English Language and Literature, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I was awarded a scholarship to attend the Air Force Academy.

  • 2.

    I served in the Air Force either on active duty or in the reserves for a combined 22 years.

  • 3.

    Over that time, I flew C-130s on over 100 combat sorties.

  • 4.

    I was selected to teach English at the Air Force Academy.

  • 5.

    After leaving the military, I decided to go back to school to get my MA and MFA in creative writing.

  • 6.

    I started writing and editing for War, Literature & the Art, and joined the Warrior Writers program.

  • 7.

    I also fly for Delta Airlines.

  • 8.

    I recently wrote a play about the realities of conflict—I'm performing it in Minneapolis this fall.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You can't be a writer.

  • How I responded:

    I had a friend who was himself a failed writer and told me that I'd never be a writer either. I also had an Air Force officer tell me that I was making a mistake by choosing to go teach English at the Air Force Academy. I got through it by recognizing that these two people lacked imagination, and I decided that I would never let anyone else's lack of imagination impact mine.