Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa with his wife Ruth, a retired legal secretary and his dog Charlie, a retired CIA operative. A son and grandson, Matt and Kaden, live in the Pacific Northwest. His poetry and short stories have appeared in Lyrical Iowa, The North American Review, Haiku Journal, Spillway, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review, and numerous other journals.
A U.S. Army Veteran, Maulsby spent four and a half years on active duty. Enlisting as a private, he served two years as a Russian voice intercept operator rising to the rank of Specialist Fifth Class before attending Ft. Benning, Georgia’s Infantry Officer Candidate School. After graduation as a Second Lieutenant, he was accepted into the Military’s Intelligence branch. In 1968, he served with the 25th Infantry division while in Vietnam. Maulsby led a mobile electronic intelligence gathering platoon with elements established in firebases and Vietnamese villages in southwestern Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge in 1970.
His first book of war poetry, Remembering Willie, and all the others won silver medal book awards from the Military Writers Society of America (2005) and the Branson Stars & Stripes organization (2009). Maulsby’s second book of poetry Frissons, published in 2011, consists of traditional American-style haiku and senryu. Near Death/Near Life, a third book of poetry was released by Prolific Press in May of 1215 and is available for purchase. Free Fire Zone, a book of linked poetry and short stories, is due to be published in 2016.