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About Kara Krauze

http://karakrauze.com 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. http://VoicesFromWar.org

Join us TODAY for our Fall OPEN HOUSE

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.


FALL 2020
Instructors: Siobhan Adcock, Drew Pham, Jeremy Warneke
Director: Kara Krauze

RSVP for Zoom Link
Email: info@voicesfromwar.org

 

FALL Registration

Haven’t registered yet?
Join us this FALL for one of our workshops.

Voices From War
Offering writing workshops for veterans (& military family members) since 2013.
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Join fellow veterans in a welcoming writing workshop — discuss published stories and work on your own writing.

Both of our writing workshops will be online via Zoom, with options on Wednesday evening or Saturday afternoon.

Come join our excellent writing instructors and fellow participants for community, craft, and new writing.

FALL Flyers below (pdf available on request).
REGISTER Now for your choice of workshops.
Plus visit our Workshops page for more details.

FALL OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, SEPT 13, 5:00 pm
rsvp for Zoom link: info@voicesfromwar.org
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Writing & Reading War Stories
Instructors: Siobhan Adcock & Drew Pham
14Y Registration (WEDNESDAYS) – online:
Register Now

 

The Craft of War Writing
Instructor: Jeremy Warneke
Bronx NYPL Registration (SATURDAYS) – online:
Register Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missed our last newsletter?
Catch up on our recent summer news: HERE (8/19/20) & HERE (9/11/20)

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Spring-Summer News – Voices From War NEWSLETTER

    Voices From War   NEWSLETTER 

June 5, 2020

Dear colleagues, friends, participants, supporters,
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 (info@voicesfromwar.org).
    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
Very best,
Kara

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director
Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
VoicesFromWar.org


RESOURCES
NYC Veterans Alliancehttps://www.nycveteransalliance.org/covid_19
NYC DVS: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/covid-19/covid-19.page
Black Veterans for Social Justice: https://bvsj.org/home
Cohen Military Family Center (NYU – free counseling): https://nyulangone.org/locations/steven-a-cohen-military-family-center
Headstrong Project (post-9/11 veterans & family – counseling): https://getheadstrong.org/
NYC Well: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/
VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1- 800-273-8255
Community News
Poetic Theater is offering a 4-part summer series of writing workshops
To Apply: Veteran Voices
What I’m reading and re-reading now” (Kara)
Maurice Decaul: “Shush” (audio-video recording)
Kevin Young, Jelly Roll (poetry) & “Blacker Than Thou” (essay)
Jesmyn Ward, ed., The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
Kenneth Hardy, “The view from Black America.  Listening to the untold stories.”
Listening: TED Radio Hour (rebroadcast, 5/29/20), Mayor of Stockton, CA:
“Michael Tubbs: What Does It Take To Transform A Struggling City?”
News: PARTICIPANTS’ PUBLICATIONS (& Media)
#MoreVoices
               

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)
info@voicesfromwar.org

Click HERE to view this Newsletter on Mailchimp (6/5/20)

VOICES FROM WAR
Offering writing workshops for veterans and family members since 2013.

#MoreVoices

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Programming Update – Moving Online

MARCH 13, 2020

PROGRAMMING UPDATE – COVID-19 Adjustments

Our programs continue via an online learning platform!

Connecting 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, part of our amazing NYC (NYPL) public library system. Both locations are closed for a time, beginning March 14th. Voices From War has already taken steps this past week, and 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 in-person social isolation. Twice a week Voices From War continues 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 too.

For new participants!

Please register via our usual Registration links (Spring 2020):

14Y REGISTRATION LINK (Wednesdays, 7pm, Classes):  https://forms.gle/x2T8cv2DrXeSYoy27
NYPL Bronx REGISTRATION LINK (Saturdays, 12:15 pm, Classes):  https://forms.gle/j4AHjFM5JKbCsQko6

And of course, feel free to reach out with any questions: info@voicesfromwar.org

Wishing everyone well wishes and health as we change our routines and find new ways to be creative and connected together.

Spring Workshops STARTING SOON

Bronx workshops
Start SATURDAY, Feb. 29th
Plus “Veteran Voices” March 7th
Details Below!

REGISTER Now for
The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx

Workshops START Saturday, February 29th!

  • Learn from published writers and fellow veterans and family members.
  • Read engaging fiction, memoir, essays, and poetry on the subject of war…
  • Discuss practical strategies and create deeper content for writing the stories and poetry that express your vision and/or experiences.
  • Add to a more diverse representation of NYC veteran stories.
  • Come participate in a community of diverse, veteran & military family #writers.

QUESTIONS?  Email: info@voicesfromwar.org

For BRONX Registration – Click HERE
For Manhattan Registration – Click Here

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PLUS Come on out on MARCH 7th for “Veteran Voices”

Poetic Theater Productions presents
“Veteran Voices” – a Showcase of Theater, Poetry, & Music

Facebook EVENT Page: Here

TICKETS: Here

VETERAN DISCOUNT: “VET10”
Voices From War community – DISCOUNT: “COMMUNITY15”

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Please SHARE & Post our FLYERS!
EMAIL us for PDF or JPG Flyers:  info@voicesfromwar.org
Bronx – The Craft of War Writing (Saturdays)
Manhattan – Writing & Reading War Stories (Wednesdays)

Learn MORE

Missed our last Newsletter?

Catch it HERE!

Recent
Voices From War NEWS

To see this Newsletter (2/26/20) on Mailchimp: Click HERE

 

Winter Open House 2020

View this NEWSLETTER on Mailchimp HERE

Join us this SUNDAY, FEB 9, for Voices From War‘s Winter OPEN HOUSE!
Registration for Spring workshops is OPEN!
Come meet our Instructors and catch up with other participants….

Voices From War
Winter Open House & Social
Sunday, FEB 9, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
at the 14th Street Y
344 East 14th St.
New York, NY  10003

Registration Open     ▪ VoicesFromWar.org ▪

Come discuss short fiction, poetry, & memoir written by veterans and select civilians – and write your own.

Whether you’re just thinking about getting some of your experiences down on paper, or have already been writing, join us for 10 sessions this Winter-SPRING — for stories, community, and new skills.

Our stories aren’t always easy to share or explain. In this workshop, we talk about techniques for getting started and for moving forward. Maybe you want to find ways to explain military experience, including combat, to family and friends. Or you may be interested in publication, and want to explore possibilities for sharing fiction or true experiences with a wider audience.

Join fellow veterans in a friendly community this spring for Voices From War’s writing workshop for veterans hosted by the 14th Street Y (344 E. 14th St., NY 10003, near Union Square) or The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx, hosted by the Morris Park Library (985 Morris Park Ave., Bronx 10462).

Voices From War has been offering writing workshops for veterans (and family members) since 2013.  All levels welcome.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

  • It was great to connect with NYC-area veterans at the NYC Veterans Alliance “New Year, New You” Resource Networking event on Jan. 27.
  • Congratulations to Voices From War instructor Jeremy Warneke and all of the excellent writers (& editors) in Why We Write: Craft Essays on Writing War, also including notables such as Phil Klay and Teresa Fazio.
  • Thank you to Teresa Fazio for visiting our Voices From War classroom in December! Stay tuned for her memoir Fidelis due out Sept.1, 2020 – and pre-order now!
  • Don’t miss Time Out’s wonderful blog. Thank you to Time Out’s Peter Molin for the shout out for Voices From War, co-instructor Drew Pham, and our recent Veterans Day event at the New-York Historical Society. Read “2020 Vision: Old Wars, New Directions”  HERE
  • ** COMING UP: Don’t miss Voices From War participant Omar Columbus‘s upcoming photography show and event at the Salmagundi Club! Free Exhibit: FEB 10 – 21. OPENING RECEPTION including PERFORMANCES:  this WEDNESDAY, FEB 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.   “From There to Here: Military Veterans’
    Experiences”   DETAILS: HERE. **
  • PLUS – Mark your Calendars: Poetic Theater Productions presents “Veteran Voices” on Saturday, March 7th, 2:00 pm (Poetic License festival at the Wild Project: 195 E 3rd St., NY, NY  10009).

We look forward to seeing you at our OPEN HOUSE (Feb. 9), in our workshops, and at upcoming events!

Best wishes from,
Kara Krauze & the Voices From War team

kara@voicesfromwar.org

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SATURDAY (tomorrow!) at the New-York Historical Society – NOV 9 – Veterans Day Weekend

Voices From War is thrilled to be back at the NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY this SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2:00 pm, for SIX FANTASTIC READERS followed by discussion and opportunity for audience questions.

Hear from…

SIOBHAN ADCOCK, author of the novels, The Completionist and The Barter, sharing recent writing about her Vietnam-veteran father…
OMAR COLUMBUS writing about service in Iraq, what he took and what he brought back…
ELLEN EMERSON sharing new fiction about one enlistee’s experience of commitment and family duty…
LEO FARLEY looking back at memories from Vietnam and considering youth and the present…
PHIL NERGES intoning the weight of history through a convoy ride in Iraq and one man’s face in the mirror…
DREW PHAM writing of their service in Aghanistan through the lens of memory and ancestors from Vietnam.

Six rich narratives told through poetry, fiction, and memoir offering diverse views on military service, home, deployment, family, and transitions.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
At Richard Gilder Way (77th St.)
New York, NY  10024

Veterans Day Weekend
SATURDAY, NOV 9th
2:00 – 4:00 pm


 

PLUS
Save-the-Date
Sunday, NOV 24th, 5:00 pm

Voices From War
Fall SHOWCASE
at the 14th St Y


Voices From War’s “Writing & Reading War Stories” 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 LMCC.
LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community.
CONTRIBUTORS
THANK YOU to our 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
We are grateful to our workshop hosts!
14th Street Y  (Manhattan)
NYPL – Morris Park (Bronx)

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Make sure you’re on our mailing list for future updates!

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Voices From War…
  • Offers opportunities for expressing experiences of war through writing workshops for veterans with attention to individual stories, existing literature, and craft…
  • Builds community among veterans…
  • Builds bridges of experience and expression between veterans and civilians by creating and nurturing wider opportunities for diverse dialogue and events.

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Join us! Veterans Day WEEKEND – NOV 9th at the NYHS

We hope you can JOIN US for our next PARTNER READING on NOVEMBER 9th!

MARK your CALENDARS! Veterans Day Weekend 2019

Saturday, NOVEMBER 9th, 2019

Voices From War at the

NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PLUS:  Save-the-Date – 11/24/19

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 2019  at  5:00 pm

Voices From War SHOWCASE at the 14th Street Y

 

2:00 pm – Reading & moderated Discussion

FEATURING Six Voices From War READERS, Veterans & Family members.

Mark Your Calendar NOW!

             

Via New-York Historical Society (phone, email, or website link)

Free with Museum Admission (Veterans Free NOV 9, 2019)

https://www.nyhistory.org/programs/veterans-day-weekend-voices-war-performance

RSVP for Public Programs not required but recommended. Space is limited; those without RSVPs cannot be guaranteed a seat. To RSVP, contact the Call Center at 212-485-9268 or call.center@nyhistory.org.

Our Voices From War READERS will share original writing on experiences of military service, war, and transitions (Vietnam-era, recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in between).

            FEATURING:

Voices From War’s “Writing & Reading War Stories” 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 LMCC.

LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community.

CONTRIBUTORS

THANK YOU to our 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

We are grateful to our workshop hosts!
14th Street Y  (Manhattan)
NYPL – Morris Park (Bronx)

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Make sure you’re on our mailing list for future updates!

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Voices From War is grateful for the support of our contributors!

Please consider supporting Voices From War’s workshops and programming by making a tax-deductible donation through our Fiscal Sponsor, FRACTURED ATLAS, by visiting our page or through our website. THANK YOU!

Tax-deductible donations: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=10933

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REGISTRATION Open (FALL 2019 Writing Workshops) – #MoreVoices

Voices From War FALL

REGISTRATION is OPEN!

Come check out our FALL workshops – work on your story (memoir, fiction, poetry) with fellow veterans…

More details below and on the workshops page.

Whether you’re just thinking about getting some of your experiences down on paper, or have already been writing, join us for 10 Sessions in Manhattan or the Bronx for stories, community, and new skills.
Our stories aren’t always easy to share or explain. In this workshop, we talk about techniques for getting started and for moving forward. Maybe you want to find ways to explain military experience, including combat, to family and friends. Or you may be interested in publication, and want to explore possibilities for sharing fiction or true experiences with a wider audience.

Fall OPEN HOUSE & SOCIAL

SEPT 8th!

We hope you can join us!

SUNDAY, September 8th, 4:00-5:30 pm

14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St., NY, NY  10003

Let us know you’re coming…

RSVP  email: info@voicesfromwar.org

Dedicated instructors and an engaged community of veterans and family member/civilians.

FALL REGISTRATION is OPEN!

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Voices From War in the Bronx – The Craft of War Writing

BRONX Registration is OPEN:

Bronx Workshops: Saturdays, SEPT 21st – DEC 7th

Manhattan Workshops: Wednesdays, SEPT 18th – DEC 4th

 

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

More DETAILS:  Workshops Page & Below

About the Instructors –> click Here

QUESTIONS?  email: info@voicesfromwar.org

Very best,
Kara & the Voices From War team

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director

Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
VoicesFromWar.org

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Join fellow veterans in a friendly community this FALL for Voices From War’s writing workshop for veterans.
REGISTRATION Links
Manhattan: Here (Wednesdays / Starts Sept. 18)
Bronx: Here (Saturdays / Starts Sept. 21)
Voices From War has been running writing workshops for veterans (and family members) since 2013.  All levels welcome.
Thank you to all of our participants, instructors, and supporters for our Spring 2019 season!
For more Photos and News…visit our BLOG!

Spring “Pop-Up” Reading & celebration w/ Voices From War

We hope you can join us

THIS THURSDAY!

Voices From War invites you to our
Spring Salon – “Pop-Up Reading!”

Come raise a glass and hear excerpts from our workshops!

Featuring participants from Voices From War’s veteran writing workshops
from Winter-Spring 2019 – our 12th Season!

WHEN: Thursday, MAY 23rd, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Our classroom at the 14th Street Y
14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St., NY, NY 10003

WHO: You! Our community of friends, colleagues, supporters!

Please RSVP by email: info@voicesfromwar.org

We hope to see you there!