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Mud City is an online literary journal promoting the ideals and vision of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA Program.

Monty Little

Biography

After five semesters of studying Architecture at Arizona State University, Monty Little enlisted in the Marine Corps as a Rifleman in 2004. Within his enlistment, Little was stationed with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines where he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to various countries in Southeast Asia in 2006, and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2007. Little served as a fire team leader, overseeing three Marines in a squad, while deployed in Iraq for a little over seven months. In 2008, Little was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps.

Following his service, Little continued with school where he began to utilize his creative endeavors. It was here he began to feel the urge to translate his thoughts on his experience of war and post-war. Little wrote extensively on his encounters of conflict and commenced an unfolding of his deployments. Much of his writing initiated surreal images; thus, wanting to visually relay those images, Little began to paint and print what he wrote. 

Currently, Little is studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts, double majoring in Creative Writing and Studio Arts. His current work reflects on his experience of war and duration as a rifleman. Little's paintings and prints are his understanding and observations of his service during and after war. His multi-application of acrylic and oil, sand, join t-compound, and charcoal are the marginalia to his obscured memories. Little uses each medium as erasure, where unsettling truths reveal personal components and texture is integral, yet disruptive to find his past chaotic.