Other literary forms
In addition to winning critical acclaim with his poetry, W. D. Ehrhart has distinguished himself in the fields of memoir and personal commentary. He has published four volumes on his experiences during and after the Vietnam War as well as an investigative account and oral history of how the war affected the members of his boot camp platoon. He has published hundreds of personal essays and short opinion pieces on various topics in newspapers and magazines, many of which appear in his 1991 collection In the Shadow of Vietnam: Essays, 1977-1991.
Ehrhart has also made his mark as an editor and critic. He has edited two anthologies of Vietnam War poetry and has coedited an additional anthology of Vietnam War poetry and an anthology of Korean War literature.