Program CD

The Operation Homecoming audio CD features the literature of war, read in the voices of ten of America's most esteemed writers, most of whom served in war themselves. Narrated by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, the CD presents fiction, poetry, letters, and memoirs from the Civil War, World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Operation Homecoming CD will be given free to troops to help them explore and realize their own literary potential.

2. Dana Gioia, writing the wartime experience

3. Hugh Alexander Leslie, read by Edward Gero (WWI)
4. Hazel Jane Raines, read by Diane Cooper-Gould (WWII)
5. Samuel Cabble, read by Ed Bishop (Civil War)
6. Sullivan Ballou, read by Edward Gero (Civil War)

7. Shelby Foote, from Shiloh (Civil War)
8. Bobbie Ann Mason, from In Country (Vietnam)
9. Barry Hannah, from "Testimony of Pilot" (Vietnam)

10. James Salter, from Burning the Days (Korea)
11. Tobias Wolff, from In Pharaoh's Army (Vietnam)
12. Will D. Campbell, "A Christmas Gift" (WWII)
13. Will D. Campbell, the return of the Enola Gay
14. Victor Davis Hanson, "A Ring" (WWII)

15. Richard Wilbur, "First Snow in Alsace" (WWII)
16. Marilyn Nelson, "Star-Fix" (WWII) 
17. Louis Simpson recalls the Battle of the Bulge (WWII)
18. Louis Simpson, "On the Ledge" (WWII)

19. Tobias Wolff on writing influences
20. Shelby Foote on writing influences
21. Richard Wilbur on writing
22. Louis Simpson on military experience
23. James Salter on writing