Reading: 'The Wax Bullet War'

Iraq War veteran, artist and author Sean Davis will read from his new book, "The Wax Bullet War: Chronicles of a Soldier & Artist. This new memoir cuts through politics and party lines to explore the ugliness of war and the restorative beauty of art. Follow Sean Davis as he discovers the oddities of a pop-up America in a hostile desert wasteland; loses his best friend in a violent ambush; returns, critically wounded, to confinement in a place that’s not his home; deals with the fallout of PTSD and the horror of what he experienced in that war zone; and, finally, as he rediscovers art and its power to heal. This appearance is part of a national tour that has included stops in Utah, Idaho, Michigan, and Wisconsin, with many more locations in the Northwest still to come. Sean Davis holds an MFA in writing from Pacific University, and is an adjunct writing teacher for colleges around the Portland area. He is a regular contributor to Nailed Magazine and The Good Men Project. He also works in theater: he has produced, acted, and written for the stage, and is currently working on The Canticle of the Black Madonna, a new opera featuring veterans which will premier in Portland this fall. His paintings currently hang in the Six Days Gallery in the Alberta Arts District in Portland. In addition to creative pursuits, Sean does volunteer work on outreach and support for homecoming veterans. Ooligan Press is a nonprofit trade press staffed by the students of Portland State University’s master’s program in book publishing. Students at in the program study all aspects of the publishing industry under the guidance of professional faculty and staff, producing high quality books that reflect the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest. For more information about The Wax Bullet War, Sean Davis, and Ooligan Press, visit the Ooligan Press website at


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