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Penn State Altoona’s Omega Delta Sigma Veterans Fraternity will host PTSD Night Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Slep Student Center. This event is free and open to the community.
King served in the Army, deploying to Iraq in 2006 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic with 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team 299th Forward Support Battalion stationed out of Schweinfurt, Germany. After leaving the Army in 2007, she went on to earn her B.A. in English literature from Saint Leo University and her M.F.A. from Sierra Nevada College under the guidance of famed war poet, Brian Turner.
King teaches at Saint Leo University in the undergraduate program and serves as the veteran faculty member in the MA program for creative writing. King’s essays and short stories have been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, O-Dark Thirty, and War, Literature, and the Arts. She has also appeared in anthologies such as Red, White, and True: Stories from Veterans and Families WWII to Present, Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan, and It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. Her essay “Redeployment Packing Checklist” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. King’s latest book is War Flower: My Life after Iraq.