J. Allen Whitt is a Vietnam veteran of three combat deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin aboard an aircraft carrier. He recently retired as a Professor Emeritus of Sociology. His novel Notes From the Other Side of the Mountain: Love Confronts the Wounds of War, was a Finalist in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. An essay of his won First Place in a national creative writing contest for veterans. He has publications in Military Experience and the Arts, Fifty-Something, Lyric, Cream City Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, Good Old Days, Reminisce, Front Porch, Westview, Concho Review, and Louisville Magazine.