Greetings & Happy Holidays!
We’ve had another exciting and full year at Voices From War — with more on the horizon! Some highlights below as we look forward to a new year and celebrate the good in 2017! We hope you can take a moment to share in our ongoing successes.
To all of our Voices From War supporters Thank you! and, if you’re able, please consider making an end-of-year donation, as we head towards 2018!
Another great year of WORKSHOPS – Manhattan & Bronx
Thank you to our hosts!
The 14th Street Y in Manhattan, where we just concluded our 9th Season! with Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century
The Morris Park Library (NYPL) in the Bronx, where The Craft of War Writing recently wrapped up Season 4!
REGISTRATION for Winter-Spring 2018 begins in January!
OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, FEBRUARY 11th, 4:00-6:00 pm. Join us! #14Y
2018: Winter-SPRING – Season 10: Manhattan workshops moving to Wednesday! Starting FEB 28th, 7:00-9:00 pm.
2018: Spring – Season 5: Bronx still on Saturdays, new time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., starting in March.
Public Reading in the Theater at the 14th Street Y! June 25th, 2017 – Wow!
Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century – Our workshop participants shared their work with a fantastic audience in the Theater this past June! STAY TUNED for Next JUNE – June 3rd, 2018 – Back in the Theater at 14Y!
The New-York Historical Society – Amazing Veterans Weekend – Nov. 12, 2017 – Thank you!
What a thrill to share current and recent participants’ original stories with new audiences! Fabulous readings followed by important conversations with Voices From War on November 12th, uptown at the New-York Historical Society, part of the NYHS Veterans Day Weekend 2017! We heard from some of our Vietnam veteran participants along with recent veterans, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Family Day at the NYU Military Family Clinic
It was great to share Voices From War’s model with veteran and military family members, once again, at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Military Family Clinic (NYU Langone) this past January!
The INTREPID Sea, Air and Space Museum – Intrepid After Hours – Voices From War returns MARCH 2018!
We had a great time running a Voices From War workshop for Intrepid After Hours in November 2016 — and we can’t wait to return in March! (Veterans: Save the date! Wednesday, March 21st, approx 5:00 pm)
Additional HONORS and EVENTS
- Another scintillating and heartwarming roundtable, last May, at Poets & Writers, discussing workshops supported by Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops grants around NYC.
- The chance to speak to a packed room of arts providers and supporters at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council‘s Annual LMCC Community Arts Breakfast, speaking about Voices From War’s work.
- Attendance at an evening in September honoring The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards recipients.
- More participant publication news! — coming soon to the website — including work in Foliate Oak … War, Literature, and the Arts … The War Horse … Proud to Be … itscomplicated.vet … and more!
- We’ve had some amazing guest authors and writing professionals over the years, some of them with new books and other publication news. Don’t forget to check out their work! Including: Christopher Paul Wolfe, Boris Fishman, Nicole Goodwin, Roxana Robinson, Maurice DeCaul, Peter Blackstock, Siobhan Adcock, Cathy Linh Che, Phil Klay, Rob Spillman….
Thank you, writers and publishers!
NEW and Continued SUPPORT
We are thrilled to have received new support in 2017 from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Amazon Literary Partnership, and we are so grateful for continued support from Poets & Writers and The Rona Jaffe Foundation!
More instructors! Two new Teaching Associates joined us this past year, Nina Semczuk (teaching with Kara Krauze) in Manhattan and John LoSasso (teaching with Jeremy Warneke) in the Bronx. We are thrilled to have both of them moving to co-Instructor in 2018! And we welcome another new Instructor, Scott Reel, to the 14th Street Y workshop for Winter-Spring 2018!
More workshop opportunities – coming soon! We are excited to be planning toward a new mini-workshop effort with particular attention to issues affecting veterans and the broader community. Through our new pilot Voices Initiatives we will strive to bring together engaged veterans and non-veterans with shared stake in a common theme. We are looking at Disability and Diversity for our pilot programming themes.
Stay tuned and stop by the website for more updates, new bios, upcoming 2018 REGISTRATION and MORE!
As always, each of you continues to make Voices From War’s successes and ongoing growth possible — through your participation, whether as attendee, audience member, supporter, volunteer, engaged community members and contributors!
Thank you! We hope you will continue to follow our progress in 2018, participate in our workshops and attend our events!
And please consider making an end-of-year contribution.
ALL donations help support our ongoing success, showing our community-based support and community engagement! Whether you can give $20 or $200, or somewhere in between, your support helps us grow and strive!
Here’s to a rewarding and healthy New Year, rich with community and more stories!
Kara & the Voices From War team!
Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
THANK YOU, everyone! for such a fantastic evening of Voices From War‘s “21st Century War Stories”!
First short video glimpse here of our JUNE 25th event!
READERS, Instructors, & Volunteers!
Jeremy H. Warneke, Siobhan Adcock, Nina Semczuk, Jeff Loeb, John LoSasso, Ted Hayes, Ken Sander, Amanda Briggs, Rafael Diaz, Ronnie Balog, Phil Nerges, Vic Ruggiero, Leo Farley, Kara Krauze, Louis Gaudio,The Craft of War Writing, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 14th Street Y
Thank you ALL and THANK YOU to our Supporters and Audience!
#MoreVoices #writing #veterans
Come on out of the snow (or whatever the weather throws us) for our next…
VOICES FROM WAR – OPEN 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: firstname.lastname@example.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):
Voices From War – OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, FEB 12th, 4:00-6:00 pm!
RSVP now: https://goo.gl/forms/jYkJ4EmuRf9k95D82
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 appreciated: email@example.com
Voices From War’s Writing Workshops for Veterans
NEW SEASON – Starts Soon!
WINTER-SPRING WORKSHOPS* start in Manhattan on FEBRUARY 23rd – with 10 Tuesday evening sessions between Feb. 23rd and MAY 24th.
Questions? Come by Sunday’s Open House! Can’t make it to the open house? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUICK NEWS & UPDATES
- 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!)
- 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.
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.
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!)
HOPE to see you for the VOICES FROM WAR OPEN HOUSE on SUNDAY!
Kara & the Voices From War Team
Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
Voices From War – December NEWSLETTER – News & Updates
Scroll down for our EVENT NEWS ~ PUBLICATION NEWS ~ PARTNER NEWS ~ and YOUR HELP (our end-of-year APPEAL)!
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.
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.
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:
And don’t miss Teresa and Matt’s original writing!
“No One Left Behind “ – by Teresa Fazio
“Where Do We Go From Here?“ – by Matt DuPre
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 Vimeo: https://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.
FINALLY, as we approach the end of 2015, we ask you to
please consider contributing to Voices From War’s work.
(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:
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!
Kara & the Voices From War Team
Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
- Our December Newsletter was emailed to subscribers on Dec. 29, 2015. Want to join our mailing list? Click HERE to sign up via MailChimp.
- Image (near top & mid-page): Vassar Quarterly, Fall 2015, cover image (featuring veteran, Vassar student, David Carrell ’17).
Excited for more great discussions as we begin our THIRD YEAR of workshops:
Who should tell us about the experiences of a decade of war? Veteran voices need to be part of the national dialogue, cultural and literary, on what it means to go to war; reminding all of us of the multiple perspectives, complex feelings and experiences of serving and fighting.
History is shaped by the accounts that emerge in the living years following historic events, including events we may perceive as less ‘historic’—individual accounts of departing, serving, waiting (whether a spouse back home or a soldier waiting for deployment), and return.
Stories—whether true accounts in the form of essays or memoir, or fictional narratives born of lived truths—shape how all of us see, how we remember. Stories create bridges of understanding, among veterans and between veterans and civilians.
“The autumn countryside around them felt gloomy and forlorn at this hour. The train which was to take both Masha and Ivanov to their homes was somewhere far off in grey space. There was nothing to divert or comfort a human heart except another human heart.”
– Andrey Platonov, “The Return” *
From the past, we learn about the present; and from the present we inform the future.
*"The Return," by Andrey Platonov, from The Return and Other Stories, by Andrey Platonov, transl. by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler and Angela Livingstone; reprinted in Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: Love Quarrels from Anton Chekhov to ZZ Packer, selected by Kasia Boddy, Ali Smith, and Sarah Wood, © 2009.
** A huge THANK YOU to Poets & Writers and The New York State Council on the Arts for supporting another season of Voices from War, A Writing Workshop for Veterans. And an ongoing THANK YOU to the 14th Street Y, supporter and sponsor, welcoming the workshop and its participants each week; and building Voices from War. **