Interview with Randy Brown, a.k.a “Charlie Sherpa”
“Everybody has a military experience, even if you’re not in the military. Every citizen has a stake.”
Freelance writer and citizen-soldier by day, and secret (writing as “Charlie Sherpa”) blogger by night, Randy Brown talks with Katey Schultz about the “tiny moment” that helped define his new role as an embedded reporter in Afghanistan, as well as the difference between writing for yourself versus writing for an audience and literary crafting. Hear him read “love note from a drone” from his collection, Welcome to FOB Haiku (Middle West Press, 2015) and learn more about the various hats he’s worn as a writer, veteran, father, and civilian.
Fave takeaways from this video: a bear hug from a brigade commander, an awesome simile about lumber, realizing your poetry tells the story of a career, and the notable resources at Red Bull Rising. Sit back, relax, and visit the central Iowa world of this citizen-soldier-reporter-literary-steward, Randy Brown: