Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin
Author, Founder, Consultant, Combat Vet, Writer and Poet.
First Look at the Cover Art
Lisa’s latest book, Latina Warrior, will be released by Blue Ear Books in November 2023.
Watch this space in the coming weeks to pre-order your copy. For now, we bring you a feast for your eyes with the reveal of the Latina Warrior book cover.
Stunning collage art by fellow combat veteran Christina Helferich-Polosky and cover design by Sean Robertson. Christina used a photo of Lisa in a helicopter in Iraq as her inspiration, to honor both her Latina heritage and her military experiences.
Latina Warrior is a collection of poems, prose, and art in which Lisa weaves her journey in deeply personal, intense, explicit, and sometimes humorous expression. The book is in four major parts: Early Years y Familia, The Military and Combat, Life after the Military, and Healing and the Road to Authenticity.
Accompanying Lisa’s story expressed through poetry is the diverse art of Major Christina Helferich-Polosky (US Army ret.). Included in a Reflections section are glimpses into the creation of each poem and art piece, demonstrating the unique collaboration between Lisa and Christina.
Lisa Carrington Firmin is a Latina, combat vet, writer, and poet. She is the Founder/CEO of Carrington Firmin LLC providing writing and consulting services in Leadership, Veterans, Transitions, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Diversity and Inclusion. Her poetry is an intimate reflection into the invisible wounds of MST, PTSD, trauma, hardship, and combat. Featured on various media to include documentary regarding her poetry, leadership, advocacy for underrepresented populations in addition to her book, Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield. She is an affiliated artist and author with Uniting US, WoundedNotWorthless.com and Blue Ear Books.
As the founder of the Veteran and Military Affairs department at The University of Texas at San Antonio, she consolidated all veteran support services on campus, started priority registration and a tailored veteran orientation program, instituted scholarships for military affiliated students and created case studies and a Veteran Culture Competence training module. Previously as Associate Provost for Faculty/Student Diversity & Recruitment, she founded the UTSA Top Scholar and the Presidential Distinguished Diversity awards programs and led the addition of Gender Identity/Gender Expression to the university’s nondiscrimination policy.
Award Winning Author speaking up for victims of military sexual trauma.
Lisa’s poem Invisible Veteran, was prominently featured in the VA’s historic announcement regarding its new mission statement (March 2023). The poem is one of the many poems included in her upcoming book, Latina Warrior, a collection of poems, prose and art, scheduled for publication in November 2023.
Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield by Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin, USAF (Ret.) is a difficult read for anyone with a beating heart. Colonel Firmin’s book should be read by every newly commissioned officer and the most senior officers in any branch of service.
Nancy Panko (April 2023)
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