Alumni Virtual Book Discussion


Book Club James Gregory

Join the UCO Alumni Association and facilitator Dr. James Mock as we discuss A Poet at War: The Story of a World War I Marine by alumnus James Gregory.

About the Book: A Poet at War: The Story of a World War I Marine: Otis Wilbra Joslyn, Jr. enlisted in the Marine Corps on February 20, 1917, at the age of 22, before the US officially declared war. During his training and throughout his time in Europe, Otis sent home letters to his family. These letters describe his experiences during training, his deployment overseas, and offer many stories from combat, the Armistice, and Occupation Force duty on the Rhine. Otis also kept the letters his father and mother sent him during the war. These, paired with Otis's letters and excerpts from a diary in which he recorded every location the 83rd Co, 6th Marine Regiment visited, provide a fascinating look into his life during his three years of service.

A Poet at War aims to tell his story and the role he and his fellow Marines played in some of the most decisive battles of the war.

About the Author: James P. Gregory Jr. is a doctoral graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma receiving a Masters in History: Museum and two Bachelors in History: Museum Studies and Humanities. He has authored and edited several books: The Story of One Marine: The World War I Letters and Photos of Pvt. Thomas L. Stewart, A Poet at War: The Story of a World War I Marine, and C’est La Guerre: The Memoir of Capt. James McBrayer Sells, USMC.

Facilitator: James Mock, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities and Philosophy

Details: Register below to receive the Zoom meeting link via email.

Book Purchase: Books can be purchased through the alumni-owned bookstore, Best of Books, in-store or online, at a 20% discount. Participants are encouraged to order their books a minimum of two weeks prior to the first session as this is a print-on-demand book.

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Wednesday November 3
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join the UCO Alumni Association and facilitator Dr. James Mock for a one-time session only where alumni and friends can learn more about A Poet at War by alum James P. Gregory. There will also be a time for Q&A with the author.
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