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Come Hear New Writing from Veterans – JUNE 25th!

Come hear new writing from Voices From War participants — from Vietnam-era through present day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25th, 5:00 pm

21st Century War Stories

The Theater at the 14th Street Y

And join us for a wine and cheese reception celebrating our participants’ work!

PLUS Musical Guest Vic Ruggiero!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your tickets on EVENTBRITE now!

14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street
(between 1st & 2nd Avenues)LOGO
New York, NY  10003

Looking forward to seeing you on JUNE 25th!

OTHER NEWS

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!

And thank you to Amazon Literary Partnership for new grant support coming in 2017!

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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!

 

REGISTRATION & OPEN HOUSE – New SEASON: #MoreVoices

 

THIS WEEKEND!

Come on out of the snow (or whatever the weather throws us) for our next…

VOICES FROM WAROPEN HOUSE!

THIS SUNDAY, FEB 12th –> 4:00-6:00 PM

Come learn more about Voices From War and our workshops:

Join us for cheese & crackers, conversation, and a chance to visit with past participants and new ones!

Missed our end-of-year wrap-up? See below – or check out the Voices From War BLOG.

Looking forward to seeing you on SUNDAY!

Click HERE to RSVP

Or, email:  info@voicesfromwar.org

Or (last minute change of plans?) – come on by!

14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street
(between 1st & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY  10003
 

REGISTRATION for NYC (Manhattan) is OPEN:

Classes begin (Season 8): FEB 28th

Bronx registration – coming soon!

NEW SEASON of Workshops – STARTS Tuesdays – FEB 28th

REGISTRATION (Winter-Spring 2017):

https://goo.gl/forms/dSDiQ8qO7uAr4Liv2

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

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Voices From War – OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, FEB 12th, 4:00-6:00 pm!

RSVP now:  https://goo.gl/forms/jYkJ4EmuRf9k95D82

 

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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14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street (south side, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, closer to 1st Ave.)
NY, NY 10003             LOGO-Pantone-200px

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

The next Voices From War READING of work-in-progress from veterans participating in our fall NYC workshop is coming up on December 10th!   *Stay tuned for dphoto-11etails.*  img_5824

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!

#MoreVoices

#veterans #stories

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NEWS “Bites” (+ Open House!)

Voices From War  –  NEWS “Bites”
from our email Newsletter on Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy weekend!

A few quick updates from Voices From War for your weekend! Whether or not you’re getting ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl… we look forward to seeing a crowd of you at our OPEN HOUSE! That’s THIS SUNDAY!   Voices - Logo

Voices From War – OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, February 7th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
HOST:  14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street, NY, NY  10003

Giving you time to stop by, stay a while, and make it home for the big game!

RSVPs appreciatedinfo@voicesfromwar.org

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Voices From War’s Writing Workshops for Veterans
NEW SEASON –
Starts Soon!

*Flyer attached

WINTER-SPRING WORKSHOPS* start in Manhattan on FEBRUARY 23rd – with 10 Tuesday evening sessions between Feb. 23rd and MAY 24th.
REGISTRATION:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OgAh0CfROPg9jl24Q48Ybk5HH-OR4L45enGKPUnZRl4/viewform?c=0&w=1

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DETAILS:  https://voicesfromwar.org/workshop

Questions?   Come by Sunday’s Open House!  Can’t make it to the open house?  Email us at info@voicesfromwar.org

QUICK NEWS & UPDATES

A READING!
  • TWO Voices From War veteran-writers recently read new work at The On and Off Series at Over the Eight in Brooklyn! It was wonderful to hear exciting fiction and non-fiction from Mario Bonifacio and Jeremy Warneke! Thanks to hosts Daniel Zee Husson and Mx Bean for their wonderful reading series – and check back on their FB page for more upcoming readings! (And if our pictures aren’t too blurry, we’ll post some of those soon too!)

https://www.facebook.com/events/557940791025306/

PUBLICATION!
  • Jeremy Warneke, a prior Voices From War participant (and valued member of the veteran-writing community, plus upcoming instructor) recently had an important essay published by Task & Purpose. Jeremy shares some of his own experiences along with research about the under-discussed topic of accidental deaths in the military.

http://taskandpurpose.com/the-tragic-truth-of-accidental-deaths-in-combat-zones/  Jeremy_Warneke_in_Task&Purpose_1-28-16

THE NEW YORK TIMES!
  • If you missed VOICES FROM WAR leader and co-instructor NATE BETHEA‘s recent Op-Ed in the New York Times, be sure to check it out now. Well reasoned, thoughtful, emotionally powerful, and fantastically written, “The Truth About PTSD” is a Don’t Miss for veterans and civilians, whether familiar with experiences of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) or new to its effects.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/23/opinion/sarah-palin-this-is-what-ptsd-is-really-like.html   IMG_4598(1)

If you missed all of our exciting DECEMBER NEWS, be sure to stop by the website!

(We’re working to get our fall Newsletters posted on the blog page!)

https://voicesfromwar.org/blog/  Voices from War_Pen-Paper

DECEMBER:  https://voicesfromwar.org/2015/12/29/december-newsletter/

HOPE to see you for the VOICES FROM WAR OPEN HOUSE on SUNDAY!

Best wishes,
Kara & the Voices From War Team

Please keep in touch through our Facebook page and Twitter (and Instagram now too) and don’t forget to check back on our blog and website:

http://voicesfromwar.org
@voicesfromwar

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director
Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
VoicesFromWar.org
Email: kara@voicesfromwar.org

         WRITING with Voices From War

December Newsletter

Voices From War – December NEWSLETTER – News & Updates

Tuesday, December 29, 2015   IMG_4320   

Seasons Greetings!

We are excited to share our late fall UPDATES!   FullSizeRender(3)

Scroll down for our EVENT NEWS  ~  PUBLICATION NEWS  ~  PARTNER NEWS  ~  and YOUR HELP (our end-of-year APPEAL)!

EVENT NEWS

Last month, Voices From War celebrated “An Evening of Creative Writing by Veterans,” a fabulous first READING by our participants! On November 21st, we filled the studio as our wonderful host the 14th Street Y welcomed recent Voices From War students in sharing their original writing with a vibrant audience of friends, colleagues, family, and supporters of Voices From War’s participants and our workshops. Twelve readers, spanning decades of military service – from Korea up through Iraq and Afghanistan – shared memoir, poetry, and fiction.

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One reader, a military family member, presented a dialogue, partnered with talented writer, and Army veteran, Nate Bethea, a Voices From War leader and 14th Street Y co-instructor. Thank you, Nate!  We’re lucky to have Nate’s skill and dedication.

It’s hard to describe and convey the effect of these narratives shared in a crowded room, with subjects as divergent and engaging, as serious and humorous, as the lives we all live, veteran or civilian: running through decades of history, a multitude of deeply personal stories. Precise prose and lyrical prose juxtaposed with musical poetry, sharp dialogue, laughter and deep thought. All shared in the community of strangers and friends. All of us a little less strange to each other, closer in our shared humanity — while more aware of the vast array of divergent experience and common experience, sometimes both at once.

A huge thank you to our magnificent readers — for the polished words they shared and for the work they are still doing: the sentences, experiences, emotions, and phrases still finding their home on paper. We know we are not alone in looking forward to future opportunities to bring Voices From War veterans and writers to more audiences, whether in the same room, or miles apart and brought closer through their stories conveyed on the page.      Flip-side_Program__11-21-15_VfW_EVENT           Interior_Program__11-21-15_VfW_EVENT    

PUBLICATION NEWS

And NEXT, we are proud to share a magazine piece in the new issue of the VASSAR QUARTERLY about Voices From War, and featuring insights from participating veterans along with  writing by two of our participants!
You can read about some of Voices From War’s origins, including the personal history that brought Kara Krauze into not just any classroom, but specifically one that focuses on veterans and experiences of war. And, you can read the original writing of veterans Teresa Fazio and Matt DuPre. Matt was one of the first veterans to walk into our classroom, new for all of us, in the Fall of 2013. (And where did he learn about the workshop? From a postcard Kara pinned up at Shakespeare Books on Broadway. Sadly, the bookstore has closed; but our workshops are thriving!)

You can read the FEATURE about Voices From War, by Larry Hertz, online here:

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     http://vq.vassar.edu/issues/2015/03/features/writing-their-way-back.html

And don’t miss Teresa and Matt’s original writing!

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     –>  http://vq.vassar.edu/issues/2015/03/web-extras/no-one-left-behind.html

Where Do We Go From Here?  –   by Matt DuPre     IMG_4588

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Another prior Voices From War participant, Gino Ruiz, interviewed for the article, is now a student at Vassar, part of a wonderful initiative,  The Posse Veterans Program, bringing more veterans to Vassar College and several other liberal arts campuses.

PARTNER NEWS – Video

IN ADDITION, you may recall news about TANGO ON THE BALCONY earlier this year, who Voices From War has been pleased to partner with. Well, the film is almost finished! Tango on the Balcony is a short narrative film featuring recent Iraq-war veteran, Johnny, grappling with post-traumatic stress. While the film makes its way to festivals, the production team is working on final edits and original music. A short video featuring Voices From War’s work will be available soon too. In the meantime, don’t miss the Tango on the Balcony trailer! You can view it now on Vimeohttps://vimeo.com/148653612

ALSO, while we’re on the subject of video, we’re excited to mention that we have video footage of several Voices From War writers reading their stories at our November 21st event. We expect to share portions of the event in the new year.

YOUR HELP!

FINALLY, as we approach the end of 2015, we ask you to
please consider contributing to Voices From War’s work
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(And if you’ve already contributed this fall, THANK YOU!)

We are proud to be sustaining and strengthening our workshops — including not just our flagship workshop at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan and our “Evening of Creative Writing by Veterans” this November, but also completion of the first Voices From War collaboration at the Bronx Vet Center, with more new programming and collaborations in the works. Thank you to instructor Jeff Loeb, and everyone at the Bronx Vet Center, for a great season in the Bronx!

To sustain and grow, Voices From War needs not only the dedication, grit, and passion of its leaders, instructors, and students. We need your support too. We need your passion and compassion, whether on display in what you do everyday, or activated more quietly in what you believe in, what you read and discuss, consider and share; what you know matters.

We hope you share our belief that these voices matter.
Veteran stories matter to those who tell them; they matter to fellow veterans; and veteran stories matter to civilians who need or want to understand more.

At Voices From War, we can always use more hands and expertise, more voices speaking of and sharing about what we do. And we also ask that you consider making a contribution, whether your budget allows $20, as this year closes; or, if your circumstances permit, please consider making a larger contribution, whether $50, $100 or more.

EACH DONATION – YOUR DONATION – MAKES A DIFFERENCE, WHATEVER SIZE.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS can be made through our Fiscal Sponsor, FRACTURED ATLAS:

       https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=10933

May good tidings and shared joys of the season be with you; and know that you are with us, a crowd of individuals who make a mass, engaging with stories and those who need to tell them, and should be heard.

THANK  YOU for all of the ways each of you support veterans, stories and writing, and Voices From War!

Warm wishes,
Kara & the Voices From War Team

Please keep in touch through our Facebook page and Twitter (and Instagram now too) and don’t forget to check back on our blog and website:

http://voicesfromwar.org
@voicesfromwar

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director
Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
VoicesFromWar.org
Email: kara@voicesfromwar.org

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  • Image (near top & mid-page): Vassar Quarterly, Fall 2015, cover image (featuring veteran, Vassar student, David Carrell ’17).

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