About the Instructors

Voices From War’s

Writing Workshops for Veterans

Registration for WINTER-SPRING 2017, our 8th Season

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KARA KRAUZE  –  Founder, Director

Instructor – NYC, Manhattan

Kara Krauze is a writer, editor, and educator. Kara has worked in publishing, financial services, the mental health field, and community organizing. Her writing has been published in Quarterly West, Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Highbrow Magazine, The Daily Beast, Hypothetical Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She has a B.A. from Vassar College in International Studies and a M.A. in Literary Cultures from New York University. Her writing, including a memoir and novels, engages with the subjects of war, loss, and memory. She has lived in Indiana, Ohio, and England, and is a longtime resident of New York City, where she founded Voices From War in 2013.

NINA SEMCZUK (Teaching Associate)  NYC, Manhattan

Nina Semczuk served as an Army Officer in various locations and units from 2011-2016. Prior to military service, she attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in TV and Film production. She now writes articles for the web and enjoys reading and exploring New York.


BRONX – The Craft of War Writing

JEREMY WARNEKE – Instructor – NYC, Bronx

Jeremy Warneke is a veteran of the United States Army, who honorably served in Iraq. Following discharge, he completed his undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared in Intersections International, Task & Purpose, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Afterwords, Scintilla, The Bronx Chronicle, and elsewhere.

JOHN LOSASSO  (Teaching Associate)  NYC, Bronx

John LoSasso is a retired high school English teacher, dean, and girls varsity basketball coach. Having worked and coached in New York City public high schools for thirty-eight years, he currently keeps himself occupied as an Academic Coach at Pace University-Pleasantville. John began pursuing a “dream deferred” when he started writing in earnest upon joining The Craft of War Writing as a student in 2016. That same year, his short fiction piece, “Buffalo Soldiers,” which emanated from the workshop, was accepted for publication in Proud To Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 5. A native of Brooklyn, John currently resides with his wife in the Bronx, New York.



NATE BETHEA – NYC, Manhattan

Fall 2014 – Fall 2016

Nate Bethea is a writer and critic. He served as an Army infantry officer from 2007-2014, leaving the military in order to attend Brooklyn College’s Creative Writing MFA program in fiction. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Iowa Review, The Morning News, The Daily Beast, and The New York Times, and he is a contributor to The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War (Pegasus, Jan. 2017; eds. Adrian Bonenberger & Brian Castner). He holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and French from Indiana University. Nate served as a Voices From War co-instructor for five seasons.


Bronx Vet Center collaboration, Fall 2015

Jeff Loeb, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, is a writer and educator. Jeff has taught English literature and writing at the university, college, and high-school levels; published numerous memoiristic essays and critical articles; and worked as a radio reporter. His essays have been published in War, Literature, and the Arts, American Studies, and African American Review, among other journals. He has a B.A. In English, Political Science, and History from the University of Kansas, as well as an MA and PhD in English, also from KU. His dissertation was on the literature of the Vietnam War, with a concentration on African-American memoirs of that conflict. He has written one novel and is at work on another, in addition to a memoir. He is the former Chair of English and Chair of Faculty Development at the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri, and presently lives in New York City.

JACOB SIEGEL – Instructor – NYC, Manhattan

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

Jacob Siegel was born in Brooklyn where he lives now. He serves in the New York Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2006-07 and to Afghanistan in 2011-12. He worked as editor of The Hero Project at The Daily Beast, a site featuring veteran writers and their stories. Jake was a co-editor and story contributor to Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, New York Press, and elsewhere. Jake served as a co-instructor during Voices From War’s first year of workshops.


A Writing Workshop for Veterans

Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century

In this workshop we write our own narratives, while reading excerpted fiction and non-fiction by veterans, military spouses, and select civilians.  Each week we share student work, learning from each others’ strengths and successes, while also discussing ways we can come closer to the stories we want to tell, whether just for ourselves or for a larger audience.

Excerpted texts have included writers such as Phil Klay, Anatole Broyard, Tim O’Brien, Janine di Giovanni, Benjamin Busch, Grace Paley, Isaac Babel, George Orwell, and others.

Thank you to our gracious GUESTS!

We have had the pleasure of hosting GUEST WRITERS and publishing professionals, including Peter Blackstock, Cathy Linh Che, Maurice Decaul, Jofie Ferrari-AdlerBoris Fishman, Phil KlayRoxana Robinson, and Rob Spillman.

“If you succeed [in storytelling], you replace the fragments of memory with something that has its own shape and meaning, a separate thing that has value in itself.”     
                     - Tracy Kidder & Richard Todd

This is a free workshop for veterans.

Prior writing experience not required.
  •   2-hour weekly workshop (10 sessions)
  •   Feb. 28th – May 23rd, Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WINTER-SPRING 2017 – Registration OPEN

Questions? Email:  info@voicesfromwar.org

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This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This class is supported and hosted by the 14th Street Y.

Thank you to The Rona Jaffe Foundation for new support in 2016!


And we could use YOUR support! Contact us about getting involved…
as a sponsor, partner, donor, or volunteer.

Email: info@voicesfromwar.org

◊  Voices From War is  a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.   ◊   Please visit the sidebar or bottom of this page for details — and to support our workshops with a secure online donation.  ◊

 ♦♦ Check back for more information about our first Voices From War literary anthology and NYC Readings. We look forward to introducing more readers to these talented writers!  ♦♦

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