Before it was a financial center, a boomtown, a skyscraper city, Charlotte was a quiet collection of churches and cotton mills. All of that changed during World War I, when the city played host to a military training camp.
North Carolina has one of the largest populations of veterans in America. Here, combat veterans are chronicling their experiences to create what may be a new genre of 21st-century literature. Our poet laureate shares how he teaches veterans to tell their stories, and what he is learning about combat in the process.