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Our Workshops for Veterans – and the New VOICES from WAR Logo!

Today, we want to use this space to respond to a question in our Comments section. Our response covers topics that might interest other visitors to the Voices from War site. And don’t miss details about our upcoming collaboration “JOURNEYS IN STORIES” at the end of this post!

THANK YOU to a veteran-writer in Illinois for prompting us. Here is his QUESTION:

“I live in Illinois and cannot attend a workshop. Is there a webinar plan for future workshops? Also, do I have to attend a workshop in order to submit my work for consideration? Thanks.”

And our REPLY:

Hi, Thanks for your inquiry and your interest in Voices from War. We are aware of interest outside of our local base in New York City. Webinars are one future possibility; another is establishing other workshops in areas with interested veterans and a qualified writer, whom we would train. If you think you have a group of interested participants, please feel free to email — info@voicesfromwar.org — and we will explore possibilities when we have expanded capacity.

At the moment, we are only including writing from the Voices from War workshops in our upcoming publication Voices from War, Volume 1. We may offer other publication opportunities in the future. Please sign up to receive occasional newsletter updates and follow the blog.

Upcoming blog posts will cover some strategies and information sources for submitting work to other publications, some with a specific interest in veterans’ stories and some more generally looking for good stories (fiction and non-fiction) on a variety of topics — which we know should include stories from war and those who served.

In our Voices from War workshops, we focus attention on reading as well as writing. Reading offers inspiration and reminds writers of different ways to tell a story. We also post occasional quotations and reading selections we recommend — both here on the website and on the Voices from War Facebook page. (If you are a Facebook user, please “Like” the Voices from War Facebook page to receive those updates in your news feed.)

Please do keep writing — or just begin if you are new to it. And stay engaged here for tips, suggestions, and updates.

Good luck in telling your stories.

Kara & the Voices from War team

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◊◊  THANK YOU to Designer eperez for the new Voices from War LOGO!  ◊◊

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** A huge THANK YOU to Poets & Writers and The New York State Council on the Arts for their help in supporting another season of Voices from War, A Writing Workshop for Veterans. And an ongoing THANK YOU to the 14th Street Y, supporter and host, welcoming the workshop and its participants each week. **


SAVE THE DATE!   SUNDAY, NOV 9thJOURNEYS in STORIES – From the Front to the Home Front in Words
PRESENTED by: Veteran Artist Program (VAP) w/ Voices from War

FEATURING:  National Book Award Nominee PHIL KLAY with poet, librettist, playwright, MAURICE DECAUL, poet and educator LAREN MCCLUNG, and essayist (first-hand from Afghanistan) and fiction writer, NATHAN BRADLEY BETHEA.

Moderated by Kara Krauze (Founder, Voices from War)
Sunday, November 9th, in FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre – NYC –

Followed by THE TELLING PROJECT – Don’t miss this incredible ensemble performance by veterans sharing their experiences of war, live on stage.

 Ticketing – AVAILABLE Now

via the EVENT PAGE


*  Voices from War is now a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.  Please visit the sidebar or bottom of this page for details and to make a secure online donation.  *

 ♦♦ Check back for more information about our first Voices from War publication and NYC Reading. We look forward to introducing more readers to these talented writers!  ♦♦

Start telling your story.

Voices from War’s Writing Workshop for Veterans in NYC – FALL 2014 is running now.
Come work on your story in a supportive community of fellow vets.
Space Limited.
Next Class (#4 of Season 3): Oct. 7th.

Reading, Writing & Talking War—more event details


Coming up on Friday, November 8th, at 8:00 p.m., in FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre in NYC.

Check out the exciting writers participating below!

Scaled ticketing available: $10, $15, $25 (open seating).
Free tickets available for veterans and students, and reserved comp tickets on request.
For any complimentary ticketing, please contact…



Stories act as a powerful bridge between civilians and veteran experience. On November 8th, through the readings and panel in “Reading, Writing & Talking War,” literary discussions will intersect with veteran discussions – an occasion for readers and writers, civilians and veterans.

Illustrious writer Roxana Robinson, author of deeply engaged and affecting novels like Cost, about a family facing a son’s heroin addiction, and her new work Sparta, drawing us into the life of a soldier just returned from Iraq, will be reading alongside four amazing writers who are veterans.

Maurice Decaul served in Iraq and went on to get a B.A. in History from Columbia and is now pursuing his MFA in Poetry at NYU. In addition to being a powerful poet, he is a major contributor to Vijay Iyer (2013 MacArthur winner) and Mike Ladd’s new album, Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, an intoxicating  fusion of jazz and hip-hop.

Mariette Kalinowski, completing her MFA at Hunter and instructing a new crop of writers, is a probing writer of short fiction, on display in her story “The Train,” included in the anthology Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. She deployed twice to Iraq and is at work on what will surely be an amazing novel, illuminating the female veteran experience.

J.A. Moad II, a former Air Force pilot, who continues to fly commercially from his home base in Minnesota, has been a professor of war literature, educating fellow soldiers and veterans in the power of literature to enlighten and inform. While at work on an exciting novel, he also serves as fiction editor with War, Literature and the Arts, actively engaged in presenting new voices on the complicated subject of war.

Jacob Siegel, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, who continues to serve in the National Guard, is editor of The Hero Project at The Daily Beast, a singular and important voice for dialogue on veterans, national politics, heroes and literature. His own prose, tightly crafted and powerful in its evocation of veteran experience, will be on display in his novel-in-progress, and has already appeared in national publications and in the story “Smile, There are IEDs Everywhere” in Fire and Forget, which he co-edited. Jake co-teaches Voices from War, a writing workshop for veterans, with writer and educator…

Kara Krauze, who will be moderating the discussion with these five diverse voices during our evening of “Reading, Writing & Talking War.”

Follow this link to go straight to online details and ticketing:


Be sure to check out the full week of events, veteran-focused and arts-focused, during the Veteran Artist Program’s Arts & Service Celebration, November 2nd – 9th:


                           Event brought to you by…  http://vap-nyc.org
Veteran Artist Program

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Don’t miss the stories. Don’t miss the dialogue.

If you are a veteran, and want to work on your own stories…

REGISTER for Voices from War’s Writing Workshop for Veterans, team-taught by Kara Krauze and Jake Siegel.
Come work on your story in a supportive community of fellow vets.


Don’t miss…

Reading, Writing & Talking War
on November 8th

Scaled ticketing available: $10, $15, $25 (open seating).
Block comp tickets available for veterans and students, and reserved comp tickets on request.
For any complimentary ticketing, please contact…


Facebook Event page


For other exciting events the week of November 2nd – 9th…visit the Veteran Artist Program at http://vap-nyc.org

Don’t miss the stories. Don’t miss the dialogue.

If you are a veteran, and want to work on your own stories…

REGISTRATION open for Voices from War’s Writing Workshop for Veterans.
Come work on your story in a supportive community of fellow vets.

War and music and poetry—Iraq veteran Maurice Decaul

Poet and veteran Maurice Decaul is partnered up with musicians Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd for their new album, Holding It Down, which received four (of four) stars in the LA Times last week. Critic Chris Barton writes,

“An exposed nerve on the edge of madness, ‘Shush’ may be one of the most haunting songs of the year. With Decaul repeating, like a mantra, ‘I’ve been talking in my sleep again,’ he conjures muzzle flashes, burning diesel and ‘sandbag eyes, large like dish plates, scared.’ As Iyer’s flickering piano hurtles behind him, Decaul builds to a matter-of-fact admission so raw it burns: ‘I prayed to die in Iraq.'”

Barton writes on the possibilities of music and the album’s combination of jazz, hip-hop, and oral history:

“At their best, hip-hop and jazz remain most adept at breaking the mold, and the footprints of both genres can be heard on Vijay Iyer’s and Mike Ladd’s inspiring new album. An ambitious collaboration between one of the most celebrated jazz pianists today in Iyer and poet-MC Ladd, who has worked with a host of underground rap acts including El-P’s Company Flow and Saul Williams, ‘Holding It Down’ is the duo’s third in a series of unclassifiable blends of music, theater and spoken word that paint a vivid oral history of post-9/11 America.”

What’s your story? What’s your dream?
You can also hear Maurice Decaul read his haunting poem, “Shush” online at The Daily Beast.
REGISTRATION open for Voices from War’s Writing Workshop for Veterans – Fall 2013.
Come work on your story in a supportive community of fellow vets.