Brooke King’s latest book, War Flower: My Life after Iraq has been called “searing with unapologetic candor and grit” by Tracy Crow and “will leave no reader unmoved, no soul unscathed” by David Abrams. The War Flower: My Life after Iraq is published by Potomac Books, a University of Nebraska imprint. Her chapbook of poetry, Love in the Shape of a Warzone, was published in 2015 by Green Rabbit Press.
King’s essays and short stories have been published in Prairie Schooner, O-Dark Thirty, War, Literature, and the Arts, and other journals. 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 to name a few. She has also appeared as a featured veteran author on the KPBS literary series Incoming. Her essay “Redeployment Packing Checklist” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016.
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 BA in English Literature from Saint Leo University and her MFA from Sierra Nevada College under the guidance of famed war poet, Brian Turner.
She teaches at Saint Leo University in the undergraduate program, as well as serving as the veteran faculty member in the MA program for Creative Writing.
Brooke is married to a fellow combat veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan. Together, they have three boys and live in Land o Lakes, Florida.