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We are thrilled to have new support in 2017 from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for Voices From War’s writing workshop for veterans hosted by the 14th Street Y — Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century

THANK YOU LMCC, NYC DCA and City Council for valuing our 2017 programming and honoring Voices From War with a Creative Learning Grant for this program!

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VOICES FROM WAR’S Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century 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

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.

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

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

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 new support in 2017!

 

And we cannot offer our signature quality instruction and engaging readings without YOU! – our supporters, our audience, all of you, both veterans and civilians, who care about the stories our veterans have to tell and the community in which discussions, reading, and writing grow. THANK YOU!

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We hope you can JOIN US for our next READING on JUNE 25th!

The CRAFT of WAR WRITING – 3rd Season – STARTING SOON – #BRONX

The CRAFT of WAR WRITING – Season 3 – Voices From War – Collaboration in the BRONX

The CRAFT of WAR WRITING starts MARCH 18th

10 Sessions – SPRING 2017 – in the BRONX

MARCH 18 – JUNE 10

SPRING DATES:  MARCH 18  ▪  APRIL 1, 8, 15, & 29    MAY 6, 13, & 20   JUNE 3 & 10 

Bronx REGISTRATION (Spring 2017)https://goo.gl/forms/l7qUVf7juyAjSczV2

DETAILS:  https://voicesfromwar.org/workshop/

The Craft of War Writing is offered in collaboration with Voices From War, offering writing workshops for veterans since 2013, and with support from the Morris Park NYPL and the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Questions? Contact: info@voicesfromwar.org

The Craft of War Writing  workshop series is made possible with public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund Program.

REGISTER NOW for The CRAFT of WAR WRITING, a writing and reading series on experiences of war.

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Happy Holidays! And our END-OF-YEAR APPEAL!

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters!

Greetings! with warm wishes for this holiday season and a fulfilling and happy new year ahead! It has been a busy and exciting season at Voices From War, culminating earlier this month with our fabulous WINTER READING! Another CONGRATULATIONS to our writers and the skill with which they shared their stories on December 10th. All ten readers were participants this fall in our Voices From War workshop hosted by the 14th Street Y in Manhattan. And it was also exciting to welcome a group of participants attending from our collaboration in the Bronx!group_pic_b__voices_from_war_winter_reading_12-10-16

As we wrap up the year, thinking back and looking forward, we offer thanks to all of you who have supported Voices From War in so many ways this year, with your time, your words and deeds, your valuable contributions. If you have not made a donation to Voices From War this year, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help support our workshops and programming. We cannot offer our signature quality instruction and engaging readings without you – our supporters, our audience, all of you, both veterans and civilians, who care about the stories our veterans have to tell and the community in which discussions, reading, and writing grow.

A few highlights from 2016!

Tango on the Balcony:  We continued partnering with independent short film Tango on the Balcony, including screenings in NYC and multiple international awards (check out their web page for updates!)

Library of America – WW1 Centennial commemorations:  We continued our participation with the Library of America’s exciting program honoring American involvement in WWI – World War I and America, a 2-year initiative with lots happening in 2017 (be sure to check for updates and programming news!)

Including a list of books (and music) written by veterans

The INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum:  On November 14th, we were thrilled to run a stand-alone Voices From War writing workshop (part of Intrepid After Hours) on the historic Intrepid!

The Rona Jaffe Foundation: We are grateful for new grant support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation!

Poets & Writers: We are grateful for continued support from Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops program! You can also read a short piece about part of my (Kara’s) personal story in Poets & Writers Magazine (Nov/Dec 2016).

Publication News!

Nate Bethea (14th Street Y co-instructor, 2014-16) published several pieces in the New York Times this year (plus, read on for book news)…

Jeremy Warneke (The Craft of War Writing – Bronx collaboration) has published a number of personal essays, including for Task & Purpose and Intersections International

Jeff Loeb (instructor in 2015 for our Bronx Vet Center collaboration and ongoing participant) published a multi-part memoir piece in War, Literature, & the Arts this fall…

Participant, John LoSasso (Bronx: The Craft of War Writing), had a short story accepted for publication in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 5…

CONGRATULATIONS to our instructors and all of our participants on their writing accomplishments!

In the NEW YEAR, we’ll be working to bring you a better forum on the website for keeping up with Voices From War participants’ published work, as well as more opportunities to share what they’ve been writing!

COMING UP!

NYU Military Family Clinic: A Voices From War workshop during FAMILY DAY on January 28th

Open House at the 14th Street Y – SAVE THE DATE: February 12th

Season 8  – Voices From War’s writing workshop at the 14th Street Y – Starts FEB 28th – REGISTRATION Opens in January

Season 3  – The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx – Starts again in March 2017 – Details & Registration coming soon

Plus, in the community: JAN 10th at the STRAND BOOKS – Don’t miss the NYC Book Launch of THE ROAD AHEAD: Stories from the Forever War, ed. by Adrian Bonenberger and Brian Castner, which includes work from Voices From War instructor Nate Bethea and past Voices From War participants, including Kristen Rouse (founder of NYC Veterans Alliance) and Teresa Fazio, with contributions from esteemed writers we’ve been thrilled to welcome as guests to the Voices classroom, including… art work from veteran-writer Ben Busch and with an introduction by acclaimed novelist (SPARTA) Roxana Robinson — and many other fantastic veteran writers! (Plus, you can also find new work from Teresa Fazio in the exciting new anthology RETIRE THE COLORS, ed. by Dario DiBattista.)

THANK YOU to Nate Bethea for his two and a half years of dedication as co-instructor at the 14th Street Y! And THANK YOU to Jeremy Warneke for a fabulous first year of collaboration – The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx! THANK YOU to the Morris Park Public Library and the Bronx Council on the Arts for support for The Craft of War Writing; and THANK YOU for support in Manhattan from our host the 14th Street Y!

YOUR SUPPORT and tax-deductible DONATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution as we close 2016, or even a monthly recurring donation throughout 2017, whatever your giving level.

THANK YOU to each of you for your support for Voices From War and veteran stories!

Here’s to a healthy and fulfilling 2017!

Warm wishes,

Kara

Kara Krauze
kara@voicesfromwar.org

Founder, Director
Voices From War

Writing Workshops for Veterans
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Giving Tuesday – Giving Back: Thank You!

On this Giving Tuesday, we want to take a moment to thank all of those who give back through Voices From War year round, as well as those of you who are able to make a donation.

We rely upon passion and dedication from volunteers, our supporters, our participants, and our leadership and instructors, all of us giving to Voices From War because we see the power of veteran stories and community. Writing helps us to better understand, grapple with, and accept our experiences – each of us, as individuals – and writing brings us together. Writing bonds veterans with each other, and brings together veterans and civilians through the power of shared experience, narrative, and the conversations writing and reading generate.

We see this every week in the classroom, a dozen people around a table, and we see it in conversations online and offline. We see it in the interest of civilians in hearing from veterans; and we see the import of veteran stories shared, with not only those who already understand, but also those who might not yet. In the process, we find unexpected commonalities, alongside differences.

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Voices From War (14th St Y) co-instructor Nate Bethea (back row, 3rd from left), next to Craft of War Writing instructor Jeremy Warneke (back, 2nd from left), along with participants at our Nov. 2015 public reading. (photo: Yana Kusayeva)

Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers. Thank you to our fantastic instructors, Nate Bethea, with whom I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune of teaching alongside these past two years at the 14th Street Y, and Jeremy Warneke, who has become a powerful force teaching our Bronx collaboration, The Craft of War Writing.

 

We cannot do any of this without you – our participants and our supporters and our volunteers, our dedicated instructors, and our contributors.

 

Thank  you to our audience for giving your time and attention, and thank you for those who can make a donation to help support Voices From War’s ongoing programming!

#GivingTuesday

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Your voices matter.

You can make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.   Donate now!

And we hope to see you at our WINTER READING on DECEMBER 10th! Details on the Event page.

Thank you to Poets & Writers for helping to support our workshops, and for the chance to share part of my story and why I strive to give back through Voices From War.

Kara

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You can also read Voices From War participant Mario Bonifacio‘s powerful essay “Finding Our Voice After War“on the Poets & Writers website:

http://www.pw.org/content/finding_our_voice_after_war?cmnt_all=1

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Winter Reading, December 10th

Please join us for…

VOICES FROM WAR’s

Winter READING

December 10, 2016, 6:00 pm

at the 14th Street Y (Manhattan)

A Work-in-Progress Salon

Featuring original writing by Voices From War students.

Come together to hear these talented veterans share their stories.

Our WINTER SALON highlights new work from talented veterans in the Voices From War Fall 2016 workshop at the 14th Street Y!

INCLUDING exciting new writing from…

Ellen Emerson, Louis Gaudio, Tim Hardin, Theodore Hayes, Jeffrey Loeb, Phil Nerges, Ken Sander, Nina Semczuk, J.P. Swartelé-Wood, and Sheryll Valencia

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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

On GIVING TUESDAY, please consider supporting Voices From War’s workshops and programming by making a tax-deductible donation through our Fiscal Sponsor, FRACTURED ATLAS. We rely on your support! THANK YOU!
Tax-deductible donations: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=10933

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We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 10th!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS (through Eventbrite) NOW!

https://voices-from-war-winter-reading-12-10-16.eventbrite.com

And share the word via Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1134997456596920/

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Happy Veterans Day from Voices From War

Wishing everyone a Happy Veterans Day, and a special thank you to our veterans for their img_6188service and all the ways they continue to serve and enrich our communities.  Veterans Day represents a day of gratitude and community, and offers a time to reflect and appreciate the privileges, freedoms, and responsibilities of American democracy — along with the complexities of preserving and honoring it, whether serving in uniform or sharing your voice as a civilian, veterans and non-veterans alike.

 

On Veterans Day, we specifically honor and thank those who have served in uniform, and we can use the occasion to be reminded of the complex experiences of war, not just on a single day or week in November, but throughout the year.

It is sunny here in New York City this morning, a beautiful autumn day. Thank you to all of our veterans, whether gathering for parades or spending the day more quietly with family and friends. Today, or other days, if you feel alone, we at Voices From War — and numerous other veteran service organizations across the country — remind you that you are not alone. Veteran community is strong, and growing stronger, and we continue to stress the importance of engaging civilians, bridging the gap between experiences.

The arts, including stories shared through writing, offer powerful opportunities for building understanding and for creating empathy. Experiences that seem vastly different can so often hold strong and powerful commonalities, and possibilities for mutual growth.

Please continue to check for updates and information shared on our Facebook page and via Twitter, and the occasional Instagram post.

Coming up (NYC):

Join Voices From War on Monday, NOV 14th, for a writing workshop on the historic Intrepid – “Intrepid After Hours.” Flyer below. Registration via the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum:img_6169
https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Intrepid-After-Hours

SAVE THE DATE –> Saturday, DECEMBER 10th, 6:00 pm

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OTHER NEWS

A huge THANK YOU to The Rona Jaffe Foundation for their recent grant support for Voices From War’s programming!

CONGRATULATIONS, to The CRAFT of WAR WRITING, a Voices From War collaboration in img_5567the Bronx, on the completion (Nov. 12th) of SEASON 2!   THANK YOU to Jeremy Warneke for his fantastic teaching and thank you to all of the participants, both veteran and civilian, for your dedication each week in reading about and discussing war literature and veteran experiences.

More news and updates coming soon! In the meantime, Happy Veterans Day to all!

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“Tango” NY Film Premiere & More!    

Last year, Voices From War partnered with Tango on the Balcony, a narrative short film project telling the visceral story of a veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress after service in Iraq.

The NY Premiere of Cyprian Films‘ narrative short film Tango on the Balcony is this weekend!

==> Tango on the Balcony NY PREMIERE

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th, 11:00 a.m.

at the SoHo Film Festival
RESERVE your TICKETS herehttp://www.tangoonthebalcony.com/screenings/

PLUS!

COME SEE one of our Voices From War workshop participant’s own work on stage!

==> Phil Nerges’s show!  “Don’t Feed The Cats”

Talented writer, songwriter, and poet, PHIL NERGES, served as a contractor in Iraq. His humility, intelligence, and soulful way with words have impressed many of us! Whether you’ve met Phil in the Voices From War classroom, heard him read at our event last November, or haven’t yet had the chance… we hope you can come see his exciting new production in NYC before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland!

NEXT WEEK in Brooklyn!

THURS., JUNE 16th, 7:30 pm (Doors Open)
http://www.lomtheater.org/swordraiser-x.html

FROM the Producers:

“A brand new blues-rock greek tragedy about war profiteering, explosive highways and hungry cats. Give our show a NYC send off before we sail over the Atlantic to present at this year’s EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL!”

THANK YOU to all of our workshop participants – and our supporters! – this Spring. What a great season!

With a special THANK YOU and “Shout Out” to…

Host of our NYC Manhattan workshop – the 14th Street Y!
NYC co-instructor NATE BETHEA! and NYC participant mentor AMANDA BRIGGS!
Our BRONX collaboration – The CRAFT of WAR WRITING with JEREMY WARNEKE!
Host to The CRAFT of WAR WRITING – the Morris Park Library and the NYPL!
Support from POETS & WRITERS’ Readings & Workshop Series (Manhattan)!
Support for The CRAFT of WAR WRITING from the BRONX  COUNCIL on the ARTS!

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Excited for more great discussions as we begin our THIRD YEAR of workshops:

 

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To take the unknown and discover what we know

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Friends and Colleagues,

Today is the FINAL DAY of our Voices From War INDIEGOGO FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN and the last chance to make a difference on this campaign. Now is the time—for any last minute sharing with friends and to contribute if you can.

A donation of any size is appreciated—each show of support makes a difference.

And there are still some great perks remaining!

THANK YOU to all of you who have contributed, through your online donations, by sharing our Appeal with others, by valuing Voices From War’s programming—valuing veterans and their stories—and letting us know in so many ways.

We will continue to update you on upcoming events, publication of our first collection of participant work in Voices from War, Volume 1, and other interesting news, writing tips, and thoughts on veterans’ stories and writing.

At Voices From War, we understand…

Through writing we are offered a means to create something bigger than the parts from which it is made. To take what we think we know, and find the unknown. Or the inverse: to take the unknown and discover what we know.

Each voice matters.

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“Recently, I have come to see that while we will change whether or not we want to, our history – what we’ve inherited from others, and from ourselves – doesn’t change. Our task is not to wipe a difficult history away and start fresh, but to get right with it.”
–  Peter Mountford, from “A Table Set for the Past and the Future”

Don’t forget to sign up for our blog—plus keep an eye on our Facebook page (and “Like” it if you haven’t already).

Our Indiegogo Appeal ends tonight at midnight!

You can view again on Indiegogo what Voices From War has accomplished in our first year-and-a-half of workshopsand what we’re planning next with the help of our supporters and participants, our VOICES From War.

REGISTRATION and Class Details for the Winter-Spring 2015 Voices From War (NYC, Season 4) workshop available on the website.

The Voices From War OPEN HOUSE & SOCIAL is Tuesday, FEBRUARY 3rd – RSVP to info@voicesfromwar.org

Indiegogo:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/voices-from-war/x/8978084

Voices From War workshop details (Winter-Spring 2015):  https://voicesfromwar.org/workshop/

Thank you!

All the best,
Kara

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director
Voices From War

Writing Workshops for Veterans
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