Jeffery Hess is the author of the novel, Beachhead and the story collection, Cold War Canoe Club, as well as the editor of the award-winning anthologies Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform, and Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand. Prior to earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida, he served aboard the Navy’s oldest and newest ships. He’s published numerous short stories that recall this period of his life. He’s held writing positions at a daily newspaper, a Fortune 500 company, and a university-based research center. He lives in the Florida, where he writes and leads the DD-214 Writers’ Workshop for military veterans.