Kara Krauze is a writer, consultant, and educator. Kara has worked in publishing, financial services, the mental health field, and community organizing. Her essays have been published in Quarterly West, Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Highbrow Magazine, 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. She has participated in workshops in New York City, Prague, and France, studied in Moscow and lived in London. Her writing, including a memoir and novels, engages with the subjects of war, loss, and memory. She grew up in Ohio and currently lives in New York City.
Kara founded Voices From War, offering writing workshops for veterans, in 2013.
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Featuring excerpts from new fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 2021 . . . traveling through memory, back into war zones and present-day Covid-19, looks back to childhood and passages into parenthood, in uniform and out, across neighborhoods, across the U.S., across countries, experiences of racism, times of loss and grief, into community.
We hope you will join us for an evening of community and writing, veterans’ stories, family members’ experiences, times of war and conflict, and times looking for peace, making sense through narrative.
Join us for our WINTER SHOWCASE featuring Voices From War participants’ new writing!
Voices From War’s FALL 2021 SEASON – Starts THIS WEEK!
WEDNESDAY or SATURDAY
Join us this fall to explore diverse forms of storytelling (through fiction, memoir, poetry), discuss, and work on your own writing. Each season, we welcome recent veterans and those who served years prior, active duty and family members. Come work on your writing in a supportive veteran-focused community, explore your experiences and others, and enhance your writing skills, whether a new writer, or one revising previous work. QUESTIONS? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Voices From War has been offering writing workshops for veterans (and family members) since 2013, with two workshop options through the FALL season (Wednesday or Saturday).
Winter OPEN HOUSE & Social This SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 5:00-6:00 pm
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Come meet our Instructors! Join us for our semi-annual (Virtual) OPEN HOUSE this Sunday. A chance to meet all Instructors (Dewaine Farria, Jessica DuLong, Jeremy Warneke), along with Director, Kara Krauze, hear more about the program, chat and catch up with past participants and welcome interested new participants.
Voices From War has been offering writing workshops for veterans (and family members) since 2013, with two workshop options through the Winter-Spring season (Wednesday or Saturday).
We are thrilled to welcome two new Instructors DEWAINE FARRIA and JESSICA DULONG!
Dewaine Farria is the author of the novel Revolutions of All Colors (winner of the 2019 Veterans Writing Award from Syracuse University Press). His short stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, The New York Times, Rumpus, the anthology, Our Best War Stories, and elsewhere.
We are pleased to present our READERS from Voices From War’s
two NYC-based writing workshops for veterans,
Writing and Reading War Stories, hosted by the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, and
The Craft of War Writing, hosted by the Morris Park (NYPL) Library in the Bronx.
Each reader (veterans and a few family members) will share
a brief excerpt from a recent piece of writing
workshopped in our 2020 (remote) classrooms.
EMMANUEL DUVIVIER “Blocked” Memoir
Emmanuel Duvivier served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2011-2016. He has been a participant in Voices From War workshops since 2017 and is working on poetry and memoir. He lives in Brooklyn.
RICHARD ENOCH “Document, Bronx” Prose-Poem
Richard Enoch is a Cold War veteran, who served honorably on active duty in the Navy. He was awarded a Sea Service Ribbon, graduated from Radioman “A” School, and participated in the Shellback Initiation. Richard earned a Master of Science degree from Long Island University. He lives in the Bronx.
LEO FARLEY “The Raid” Fiction
Leo Farley is a United States Army Veteran. He served as a Communications Specialist with the 52nd Signal Battalion in Can Tho, Vietnam, from June 1970 to June 1971. After almost twenty years on Wall Street as a stock and commodities futures trader, he gave up his financial security blanket to devote more time to his artistic endeavors in the theater as both an actor and director. He is a Founding Member of the 29th Street Rep Theater in NYC. He is currently the Artistic Director of LSMFT Theatre Group LLC, where he teaches and coaches acting. He is very happy to be writing, and a proud participant in Voices from War’s NYPL Bronx collaboration, The Craft of War Writing, hosted by the Morris Park Library.
PABLO FOSTER“An Incident on the Train” Poem
Pablo (“Paul”) Foster grew up in the Bronx after emigrating from Cuba in 1962. He received his BS from CCNY and MPA from Baruch College. He is a practicing Physician Assistant in Adolescent Medicine and Women’s Health at Morris Heights Health Center. He taught within the Physician Assistant Program at CCNY before retiring in August 2016. A Bronx workshop participant, Pablo is a former chairman of Community Board 7, and he was the caretaker for his brother, a disabled Vietnam Veteran.
TED HAYES“Serving in the Pentagon” Memoir
Ted Hayes served in the USMC RESERVES from 1961-1965. He is currently a retired College Administrator, having worked for over forty years at Queens College (CUNY). Ted is working on a series of recollections from his youth growing up in Harlem and Washington Heights.
W.S. KLEIN * “Outsiders” Creative Nonfiction
W.S. Klein is a combat veteran. She joined Voices From War’s workshops as a way of capturing her elusive personal narratives from deployments to combat zones. W.S. Klein served in the Army and supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. *W.S. Klein is a pseudonym.
JOHN LOSASSO “Covid Dialogues, #3” Fiction
John LoSasso is a semi-retired, NYC high school teacher who spends his free time reading, writing, and running. He is employed as an academic coach at Pace University. John began pursuing a “dream deferred” when he started writing in earnest upon joining The Craft of War Writing in 2016. His short fiction piece, “Buffalo Soldiers,” which emanated from the workshop, is published in Proud To Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 5. He has also published poetry in Intersections International, and he currently writes regular profiles for Edible Bronx. Originally from Brooklyn, John resides in the Bronx with his wife and son and their cat.
NAIOMY MENDEZ “The Sunshine Massacre” Fiction
Naiomy Mendez served in the Army from 2005-2009. She is now completing her Master’s in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She joined the Voices From War workshop a few years ago while she lived in New York. She now lives in Florida, and given the circumstances, she was able to participate in the workshop once again.
PHIL NERGES “Disorder in the Age of Corona” Creative Nonfiction
Phil Nerges worked as a contractor in Iraq between 2004 and 2007. His short stories have appeared in Amoskeag, The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. His play, Don’t Feed the Cats, a collaboration with musician/songwriter Vic Ruggiero and the Letter of Marque Theater Company, was performed at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Phil is a lifelong New Jersey resident, where he lives with his wife Donna.
MARIA PASERMAN “How My Father Lost the War” Memoir
Maria Paserman is a retired federal worker who lives in the Bronx. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and enjoys writing on a diverse range of subjects. Maria has been a participant in The Craft of War Writing for several seasons.
BARBARA SNOWARSKA “War à la Carte” Biographical Fiction
Barbara Snowarska is a Polish national living in Northern Ireland with her husband who is from Iraq. Barbara is working on stories about her husband’s youth and military service in Iraq in the 1980s-90s.
MARIA SOTO “With Love” Creative Nonfiction
Maria Soto is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. This is her first workshop with Voices From War, which she joined to improve her writing and to meet like-minded people (military or civilian). She hopes one day to be able to share her stories with the world.
J.P. SWARTELÉ-WOOD “Dust” Fiction
A native of small-town Ohio, J.P. Swartelé-Wood has lived in five countries and now abides in NYC. Family veterans include those serving in WWI (Belgium) and WWII (Air Force and Navy in US; Pacific Theater; and Army Medical Corps, Normandy, France).
DANIEL WARD “Had I Not Known I Was Dead Already…” Fiction
Daniel Ward served as a Marine rifleman and deployed to Iraq in 2007 and again in 2008. He is currently working on a memoir about his combat experiences.
MIKO YOSHIDA “Moving to NYC” Memoir
Miko Yoshida is a Japanese-American Los Angeles native and the oldest of six siblings. He deployed three times to Afghanistan as a Marine and has worked in consulting and financial services in New York City. He enjoys reading, writing, and crossword puzzles.
DONNA ZEPHRINE “Incarceration” Creative Nonfiction
Donna Zephrine was born in Harlem, New York, and grew up in Bay Shore, Long island. She graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2017 and currently works for the NYS Office of Mental Health at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Outpatient SOCR. She is a combat veteran who completed two tours in Iraq. Since returning home, Donna enjoys sharing her experiences and storytelling through writing. Donna’s stories have been published in The New York Times, Writers Guild Iniative, The Seasons, Lockdown, Qutub Minar Review, The Bards Initiative, The Radvocate, Oberon, Long Island Poetry Association, and The Mighty.
KARA KRAUZE – Founder & Director, Voices From War
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, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She has a BA from Vassar College in International Studies and a MA in Literary Cultures from New York University, where she also recently completed a Master’s in Social Work. She is a licensed social worker (LMSW). Her writing engages with the subjects of war, loss, and memory. She founded Voices From War in 2013.
SIOBHAN ADCOCK – Instructor: NYC – 14th Street Y – Writing & Reading War Stories
Siobhan Adcock is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a current Voices From War instructor. She is the author of two novels, The Completionist (Simon & Schuster, 2018) and The Barter (Dutton, 2014), and her short fiction, essays, and humor writing appear in Salon, Slate, Ms. Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Millions, Triquarterly, and others. She has led writing classes and workshops at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, the Columbia Publishing Course, the Gotham Writers Workshop, Cornell University, and the Auburn Federal Correctional Facility.
DREW PHAM – Instructor: NYC – 14th Street Y – Writing & Reading War Stories
Drew Pham is a queer, transgender writer of Vietnamese heritage, a child of war refugees, and an adjunct English lecturer at CUNY Brooklyn College. Previously, she served in the US Army and deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. She has published in Blunderbuss Magazine, McSweeney’s, Slice Magazine, Foreign Policy, Time Magazine, The Daily Beast, and Columbia Journal, among others. She serves as an editor at The Wrath-Bearing Tree, an online literary journal focused on themes of societal violence. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
JEREMY WARNEKE – Instructor: BRONX – NYPL Morris Park – The Craft of War Writing
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, the anthology Why We Write: Craft Essays on Writing War, 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 Bronx Council on the Arts, and The New York Public Library in early 2016.
THANK YOU to Voices From War SUPPORTERS Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council Poets & Writers, Inc. / NYSCA The Rona Jaffe Foundation YOU! – Individual Supporter Contributions
THANK YOU to our Community Partners
NYC – 14th Street Y – Writing & Reading War Stories
BRONX – NYPL Morris Park – The Craft of War Writing
Please consider Voices From War during our End-of-Year Appeal. Your donation of any size helps support our ongoing programming.
VOICES FROM WAR: Offering writing workshops for veterans (and family members) since 2013.
This workshop (14Y) is funded in part by Poets & Writers 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.
VOICES FROM WAR’S Writing & Reading War Stories (14Y) is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net
VOICES FROM WAR is grateful for support from The Rona Jaffe Foundation.
Featuring excerpts from new fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 2020 . . . glimpses into war zones and present-day Covid-19, looks back to childhood and history, experiences of racism, times of loss and grief, acceptance of periods of solitude and loneliness, transitions, and alighting on moments of communion. Community.
We hope you will join us for an evening of community and writing, veterans’ stories, family members’ experiences, and considerations of a complicated year.
OCTOBER 25th – READING & DISCUSSION with ELIZABETH LEWES
Voices From War, offering writing workshops for veterans and public events since 2013, is pleased to welcome veteran and writer Elizabeth Lewes to read from her debut novel LITTLE FALLS, a mystery set in Eastern Washington State, where Sergeant Camille Waresch returns after deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Elizabeth Lewes expertly threads together this taut narrative unraveling the mystery of a small town murder, difficulties of parenthood, and complicated memories of war.
Publishers Weekly praised Lewes’ “outstanding debut” with its “tight, well-constructed plot” and “searing portrait of Camille as she deals with the guilt she feels over her daughter and her general rage at the world.”
Reading will be followed by discussion (moderator Kara Krauze, Voices From War founder) about writing, PTSD, and veteran experiences, followed by questions from workshop participants and our audience.
We look forward to seeing you THIS SUNDAY for Voices From War’s FALL OPEN HOUSE & SOCIAL.
Join us at 5:00 pm (on Zoom) on Sunday, SEPT 13th, for a chance to greet our fabulous instructors, say hello to fellow participants (from previous seasons, upcoming, and interested newcomers), plus hear more about our workshops.
Instructors: Siobhan Adcock, Drew Pham, Jeremy Warneke
Director: Kara Krauze
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I hope you are safe and healthy. With so much going on in our world, the U.S., and here in New York City, I have been thinking often of our participants and community, veterans and civilians, family members and supporters, a diverse and incredible group, individually and collectively.
Voices From War, from inception in 2013, has striven for diversity and inclusivity, to create and maintain a space for voices less heard, considerate dialogue, anti-racist, exploring experiences on the page and in discussion that ring true and experiences we may yet need to work to understand, whether our own or others. Reading and writing and discussion: all rooted in veteran community and civic communication, seeking bridges.
We share in the communal grieving and outrage for the brutal and senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the moment of reckoning upon us with particular urgency as we grieve so much loss and systemic disrespect for Black lives amidst the legacy of slavery and centuries of racism. In New York City, across the country, and around the world, we have also been grappling with the threat and reality of Covid-19. The new coronavirus has highlighted pre-existing health disparities, has been ruthless across a range of demographics (affecting all of us), and yet it has hit hardest in communities of color.
The pain of George Floyd’s brutal death (and too many others before him) hits hard, inflected with other incidents of police brutality, historic and contemporary racism, and violence targeted against Black people.
In times of national (and international) significance, I am more comfortable behind the scenes, pressing forward with our programming, facilitating discussion, encouraging, sometimes questioning, researching or gathering deeper knowledge, writing — but holding back, preferring to amplify other voices, keep quiet myself. Some of the roots of my own silences rest with my maternal heritage, which put great emphasis on humility (which I also value) and some on a residual survival tactic of staying to the sidelines of direct conflict, watching, waiting, awaiting safety; plus I am largely an introvert. In recent months, I’ve put my head down, working: to move Voices From War to remote workshops, striving to maintain our customary intimacy, community, and depth of engagement; striving to support our instructors through this process and our participants in any way we can; and, also, finishing a master’s program, while, like all of us, worrying too about my family and how to support their needs and safety; and worrying about our city, and the world.
Silence — and Voice.
I entered into the veteran space as an outsider. Not a veteran, with few veteran family members. But my father’s violent death left me with his silences and my own. Finding voice for difficult experiences serves as weapon against their threat, internal and external.
I’ve more recently come to understand how my own optimism— for change, for dialogue and differences bridged, for post-traumatic growth and resilience—is not only hard earned, but also an insistent counterbalance to despair. I mention this here to both express the possibility and importance of being an ally and part of a community that we may not be part of based on experience or birth, but through compassion and intellect we can embrace and advocate for. The more time I spend within or adjacent to the veteran community (which is of course not monolithic), the more I value the incredible diversity within the military and its veterans, representing immigrants as well as native-born U.S. citizens, African-American, Black, Caribbean, Asian-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Latinx, men, women, transgender, LGBTQ, a wide spread of economic backgrounds, religions, beliefs, and education, including teachers, police officers, intellectuals and laborers, financial analysts, security guards, and health care workers, and more. Of course this means disagreement too, as varied as America.
I want to conclude by sharing a few recent successes from our participants and share what I am reading and re-reading this past week (aside from copious news and on-the-ground reports).
As I mentioned, Voices From War’s programming has been running as usual, though remote through Zoom, since March 11th. It has felt valuable during this difficult time of social distancing to continue to meet each week in the virtual classroom, concluding our 14th season in May. In recent years, we have not offered summer programming. However, we will hold a series of briefer sessions for at least part of Summer 2020, focusing on community, literary conversation, and supporting writing.
Our Summer “Literary Community Hours” will meet for periodic one-hour sessions, welcoming past participants and newcomers, sharing conversation about what we’re reading, writing questions and updates, and a brief free-writing period to keep momentum. Recent participants (the Spring season) have received the Zoom link. Any newcomers are also welcome! Please email to express interest and request the link (email@example.com).
JUNE session dates – Summer “Literary Community Hours”
SATURDAY, June 6th, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, June 24th, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Founder, Director Voices From War Writing Workshops for Veterans VoicesFromWar.org
LEO FARLEY: “The Raid” (Story – World War I – in Military Experience & the Arts)
PHIL NERGES: “Buddy’s Blues” (Story – healthcare – in Harmony Magazine, p. 45)
Spring 2020: Connected LIVE every week during our regularly scheduled class times.
We are so grateful for our fantastic hosts, both centers of community engagement, the 14th Street Y, serving Manhattan’s East Village for many years, and the Morris Park Library (Bronx), part of our amazing NYC (NYPL) public library system. Both locations are closed for a time, beginning March 14th. We moved our Voices From War programming to a remote (video conferencing) format on March 11th, using the “Zoom” platform.
While we love and miss our in-person community — we also want to report our successful online community gathering and ongoing engagement with our participants, their writing, literary discussion, and shared conversations! Having a way to continue community engagement–though remote for the time being–is all the more important as we all face necessary measures for social distancing. Twice a week, through the Spring season, Voices From War continued to be socially connected “live” in real time through our virtual classrooms.
We look forward, as always, to seeing and sharing discussion with our regular participants; and we welcome newcomers!
SUMMER Programming: Literary Community Hours
JUNE 6th (12:00 pm) * JUNE 24th (6:30 pm) JULY 11th (12:00 pm) * JULY 25th (12:00 pm)
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VOICES FROM WAR Offering writing workshops for veterans and family members since 2013.