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John Koelsch For his service as a U.S. Army Infantry Com- bat Platoon Leader during the Vietnam war, John Koelsch received a Bronze Star w. “V” Device for Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, and a Com- bat Infantryman’s Badge. ‘UBUNTU: I Am Because We Are’ a peaceful treatise on fixing the fractured state of American governance is his first non-fiction book and the result of over three decades of service in the public sec- tor and earning a Bachelors degree in political science. Since 1993, his writing, which includes poetry, short fiction and flash fiction has been awarded numerous awards including the 2015 Meringoff Writing Award in Non-Fiction. He was a semi-final- ist for the Panther Creek Non-Fiction Book Awards and has received multiple awards for his participation in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Seven of his short stories and thirteen of his individual poems have been published. To learn more about John and his work visit his website

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