In 2002, Dario DiBattista convinced a strong-willed high school graduate to join the Marine Corps. Three years later, he found himself face-to-face with the wife who lost him in battle.
Dario's first fiction publication -- this one's about lesbians, tequila, and rock and roll. Awesome.
A Marine in Soldiers Magazine? How can this be? As part of his work with The Veterans Writing Project, Dario is featured in this profile about the nonprofit organization and the work they do!
For the official blog of the United States Marine Corps, Dario reflects upon the Marine Corps' birthday and what it means to those who've worn the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.
Dario is featured in this popular magazine from his hometown. The piece, written by Rafael Alvarez (one of the writer's of "The Wire"), covers Dario's journey as a writer so far, and how he makes ends meet in the meantime.
Dario is a featured guest on this popular public radio program in Baltimore. He reads from his poetry and talks about what compels his writing, and why he writes about war.
What would compel someone to leave their hometown to pursue writing and 22 college credits a semester? Lary Bloom profiles the up-and-coming Dario DiBattista from the very beginning.
On the radio show “Where We Live,” Dario and national security expert Scott Bates talk about Afghanistan and life after war. Dario also discusses PTSD, reads selections of his poetry, and reflects on how getting back at an ex-girlfriend got him into writing.
Dario reads from his memoir, talks about how writing helped him deal with the trauma of war, and shares some wisdom for any veterans who may be struggling in their coming home experiences.
What's it like to go from Iraq to waiting tables? For The Washington Post blog “Impact of War,” Dario shows this unfathomable transition.
For the Washington Post Outlook section, Dario writes an op-ed about bin Laden's killing and what that meant to him as a veteran.
After returning from the war in Iraq, Dario road-tripped from Alaska to Maryland in search of peace – and a way back into the civilian world.