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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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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!

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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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Thank you on #GivingTuesday

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To our Voices from War extended community:

Dear Friends,

First, THANK YOU to each of you for your part in making Voices from War a successful reality, whether you are a veteran participating in our weekly writing workshops or an engaged civilian, veteran, or veteran service provider receiving our updates – and listening for more veteran stories. Perhaps you were able to attend our recent event, “Journeys in Stories,” in collaboration with non-profit arts organization Veteran Artist Program. The Voices from War Literary Showcase, which was followed by another powerful ensemble performance by The Telling Project, was a fantastic success – engaging, thoughtful, thought-provoking – with an audience of over 200! We can’t wait to tell you about each of the exciting projects we are working on, with the Voices from War writing workshop always at our core; a place to write, to reflect, to engage, in a community of fellow veterans, writing.

I am writing to you today to ask for your ongoing support on this “Giving Tuesday.” Our writing workshops continue because of your support.

We are launching our first Voices from War crowdfunding campaign next week through Indiegogo – and we need your support, whether in the form of a modest contribution, help spreading the word, or both!

Voices from War, from our start in 2013, has relied on word-of-mouth support, whether through participants in our writing workshops, friends and colleagues, veterans, or others who work closely with veterans. And we take pride in building community through you – whether you are a veteran, or a civilian, or a military family member. Whether you are a reader or a writer. Whether you work actively with or for a veteran service organization or are in the military, or whether you are not even sure if you know a recent veteran, yet.

All of us count on the capable hands and minds of veterans, their strength and resilience, and their service. Their return to civilian society and the richness of their ongoing contributions matter deeply to each of us, to history, and to our literature. Whether someone served recently in Iraq or Afghanistan, or decades earlier in Vietnam, whether in Korea or Europe, or in regions and conflicts to which we have paid less heed – their stories matter, their voices matter. Without them, we know far less of the firsthand realities of war and military life – the camaraderie found in struggle, the pain of violent loss, and so much in between. Their stories are human stories; and from war stories, we understand more of ourselves.

Stories deepen our humanity. Telling stories, sometimes just for ourselves, sometimes for a wider audience, brings us closer – to ourselves, to understanding complex experience, and to others. Writers and readers. Veterans and civilians. People.

I am asking you today to take a moment, to consider all of these stories, how much our own stories matter to us; how much the stories of others – whether told through the truths of memory or the different truth of fiction – enrich our lives.

Please share in Voices from War’s work, and in our future, in these simple ways—

Your attention matters; and in this season of giving and giving thanks, your gift, however small, makes a difference.

Whether you can give $1, $10, or $100 – even if you find you cannot make a contribution at all right now – please share our campaign and please share in the work of Voices from War. We could not do it without you.

Want to know more about Voices from War and what we do?

We are concluding our third season of writing workshops for veterans at the 14th Street Y in New York City, and getting ready for our next season, Winter-Spring 2015. We just held a fantastically successful Literary Showcase, part of the 2nd Annual VAP Veterans Week Showcase, in collaboration with veteran-arts non-profit Veteran Artist Program – “Journeys in Stories: From the Front to the Home Front in Words” – and we are finishing editorial work on our first Voices from War literary journal – Volume 1 of writing from workshop participants! We can’t wait to share work from these fine writers – fiction and non-fiction from veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and even Korea.

Please visit our website, and check back on the site, the Voices from War blog, and our Facebook page for more updates!

And, again, thank you for all you give – by listening, by writing, by contributing however much or little you are able, and by sharing in the importance of our work; by sharing in valuing the importance of these voices.

Warmly,

Kara
Kara Krauze
Director, Voices from War

email: info@VoicesfromWar.org
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Giving_Tues_Voices__compactYou can make a PLEDGE to our upcoming Indiegogo Fundraising campaign (tax-deductible, see below) with this simple online form. (We will remind you later!)

Thank You!

Voices from War is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Voices from War must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Or Donate Now – through Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor.

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THANK YOU for supporting Voices from War!