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5 Questions with Poet Eric Chandler

Editor's note: Here's our second installment of short, 5-question interviews with military-writing practitioners. For the first few months, we're focusing attention on 21st century war poets—practitioners who are breaking metaphors, formats, and stereotypes, while offering fresh narratives and observations.

Eric "Shmo" Chandler is an outdoor sports enthusiast, a family man, and a former F-16 fighter pilot. His first poetry collection, "Hugging This Rock: Poems of Earth & Sky, Love & War" was recently published by Middle West Press LLC. He has previously published "Outside Duluth," a non-fiction regional sports title, and "Down In It," a military-themed novella.

Chandler is a two-time poetry winner of the Col. Darron L. Wright memorial writing award administered by the literary journal Line of Advance, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a veteran of Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Now…

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