About the Instructors

Voices From War’s

Writing Workshops for Veterans

Registration for FALL 2019, our 13th Season

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WORKSHOP LEADERS

KARA KRAUZE  –  Founder, Director

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 BooksPoets & Writers, 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.

Instructors – NYC, Manhattan

SIOBHAN ADCOCK – Co-Instructor – NYC, Manhattan

Siobhan Adcock is a novelist, essayist, humor writer, and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of two novels, The Completionist (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and The Barter (Dutton, 2014), as well as two humor books. Her short fiction, essays, and humor writing appear in Triquarterly, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, XOJane, and others. She has taught classes and workshops at the Columbia Publishing Course, the Gotham Writers Workshop, Cornell University, and the Auburn Federal Correctional Facility. She has also worked in digital and print publishing at Random House, HarperCollins, Conde Nast, the XO Group, Time Inc., and What to Expect Digital, the leading pregnancy app and website.

DREW PHAM – Co-Instructor – NYC, Manhattan

Drew Pham is an Army Veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. Drew is a queer and gender non-binary writer of Vietnamese heritage, a child of war refugees, and an adjunct English lecturer at CUNY Brooklyn College. They have published in Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, Blunderbuss Magazine, The War Horse, Columbia Journal, The Daily Beast, and The Brooklyn Review. They serve as an editor of The Wrath-Bearing Tree, an online literary journal focused on themes of societal violence. They live with their partner and two cats in Brooklyn, New York.

BRONX – The Craft of War Writing

JEREMY H. WARNEKE – Instructor – NYC, Bronx

Jeremy Hussein Warneke is a United States Army veteran, who served in Iraq. Following discharge, he completed his undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. His publication credits include Itscomplicated.vet, NYC Veterans Alliance, Homefront Progressives, Task & Purpose, Scintilla, and elsewhere. In 2017, he was a War Horse Writing Seminar Fellow and a second place poetry finalist for Line of Advance‘s COL Darron L. Wright Award. In 2015, he received an honorable mention for photography in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 4.  A former Voices From War participant, Jeremy launched The Craft of War Writing with support from Voices From War, The New York Public Library, and the Bronx Council on the Arts in early 2016.

 

PREVIOUS INSTRUCTORS

SCOTT REEL – NYC, Manhattan

Spring 2018 – Spring 2019

Scott Reel is a former sergeant in the Marine Corps, serving four years as a combat correspondent and broadcast journalist. Following his service, Scott completed his B.A. in English and Philosophy at the University of Illinois Chicago. He is now the president of the Military Alliance at New York University, where he is pursuing his Master’s in English and American Literature. Scott has written for The War Horse, an award-winning non-profit newsroom, and published poetry in Illinois’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology and On the Back of a Motorbike. He currently lives in New Jersey.

NINA SEMCZUK – NYC, Manhattan

Spring 2017 – Spring 2018

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. Nina has worked as a writer and editor at a financial tech startup, and is now the head of search engine optimization content at Fairygodboss, a startup. In 2017, she was a War Horse Writing Seminar Fellow. You can find her writing on SmartAsset, The Muse, itscomplicated.vet, The War Horse, Fast Company, and around the web. Nina started with Voices From War as a participant in 2016 and went on to become a Teaching Associate and Instructor.

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.

JOHN LOSASSO  – Co-Instructor – NYC, Bronx

Spring 2017 – Fall 2018

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.

JEFF LOEB – NYC, Bronx

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.
Jacob Siegel was a 2017-2018 LABA Fellow (Laboratory for Jewish Culture) at the 14th Street Y (host to Voices From War workshops since our inception in 2013).  The LABA Fellows explored WAR + PEACE for the 2017-2018 season.

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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, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Mariette Kalinowski, Grace Paley, Isaac Babel, Claudia Rankine, 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, Benjamin Busch, Cathy Linh Che, Maurice Decaul, Jofie Ferrari-AdlerBoris Fishman, Nicole Goodwin, Phil Klay, Karyn Marcus, Donna Miele, Roxana Robinson, Rob Spillmanand Christopher Paul Wolfe.

“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)
  •   For Current DETAILS visit our WORKSHOPS Page
  •   OPEN HOUSE: SEPT  and FEB each year: 14th St Y (344 E. 14th St., NY, NY  10003)
  •   NYC-Manhattan:  Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  •   NYC-Bronx:  Saturday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

FALL 2019 – Registration OPEN

Questions? Email:  info@voicesfromwar.org

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Our NYC-Manhattan class is hosted by the 14th Street Y.

Thank you to The Rona Jaffe Foundation for ongoing support 2016-2019!

Thank you to Poets & Writers for support for our workshops since 2013!

Thank you to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for support in 2017, 2018, and 2019!

Thank you to Amazon Literary Partnership for past grant support, 2017-2019!

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Thank you to the Bronx Council on the Arts for support for The Craft of War Writing from 2016-2018!

Our NYC-Bronx class, The Craft of War Writing, is hosted by the Morris Park NYPL.

 

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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