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THANK YOU to each of our Voices From War participants who read at the Latimer House Museum on November 10th, celebrating and honoring veterans and veteran stories in this important historic site.

The Lewis Latimer House Museum in Queens, New York, was the home of African American inventor and Union Army Civil War veteran Lewis H. Latimer (1848-1928).



  3441 137th St., Flushing, NY  11354

Original writing by veterans and Voices From War participants on Veterans Day Weekend.



And don’t miss our Next Reading on Saturday, DECEMBER 8th!

The Craft of War Writing – Voices in the Bronx
3:00 pm at the Morris Park Library
985 Morris Park Ave., Bronx, NY

Thank you for your support!

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Tax-deductible donations can always be made through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.


VETERANS DAY WEEKEND – Saturday READING at Latimer House

Happy Veterans Day

We hope to see you THIS AFTERNOON!

Join VOICES FROM WAR for Veterans Day Weekend – Saturday, NOVEMBER 10th!


  3441 137th St., Flushing, NY  11354

      Presenting new veterans’ writing

READING & Reception   –  3:00 pm

Celebrating and honoring veterans and veteran stories in the historic home of African-American and Union Army Civil War veteran Lewis H. Latimer (1848-1928).

FREE Tickets on Eventbrite

Come hear original writing by veterans and Voices From War participants on Veterans Day Weekend.



And don’t miss our Next Reading on Saturday, DECEMBER 8th!


This NOVEMBER! – Voices From War at Lewis Latimer House Museum

Join VOICES FROM WAR for Veterans Day Weekend – Saturday, NOVEMBER 10th!

Reserve your FREE Tickets on Eventbrite

And find the Event on Facebook….

PLUS … Don’t miss our other upcoming Voices From War EVENTS:

Friday, NOVEMBER 30th

Voices From War returns to Intrepid After Hours

at the INTREPID Sea, Air, & Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St., NY, NY  10036

This event is open to veterans and service members.

Free Registration (required) on Eventbrite


Saturday, DECEMBER 8th, 3:00 pm

Winter Reading

The Craft of War Writing – Voices in the Bronx

    at Morris Park Public Library, 985 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY  10462

We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!

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TOMORROW! – Open House & Social – Join Voices From War this SATURDAY!


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, 4:00-5:30 pm

14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St., NY, NY  10003

Let us know you’re coming…

RSVP  email: info@voicesfromwar.org

Dedicated instructors and an engaged community of veterans and family member/civilians.

Voices From War’s Fall REGISTRATION is OPEN!

Come check out our Fall workshops – work on your story (memoir, fiction, poetry) with fellow veterans…

More details below and on the workshops page.


AND… Please SAVE the DATES!

A Voices From War READING at

The Latimer House Museum (Queens)

Saturday, NOVEMBER 10th, 3:00 pm


Voices From War in the Bronx

The Craft of War Writing READING

at the Morris Park NYPL

Saturday, DECEMBER 8th, 3:00 pm


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Thank you! & End-of-Year Appeal!

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.
  • 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!


To make a tax-deductible donation, visit our fiscal sponsorship page on Fractured Atlas.

Warmest wishes!

With thanks,

Kara  & the Voices From War team!

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director
Voices From War

Writing Workshops for Veterans


VETERANS DAY WEEKEND – Sunday, NOV 12th – Voices at the NY Historical Society

We hope you can JOIN US for our next PARTNER READING on NOVEMBER 12th!

MARK your CALENDARS! Veterans Day Weekend 2017

Sunday, NOVEMBER 12th, 2017

Voices From War at the



2:00 pm – Reading & moderated Discussion

FEATURING Six Voices From War Readers, Vietnam-era and contemporary.



Via New-York Historical Society (phone, email, or website link)

Free with Museum Admission (Veterans Free NOV 10-12, 2017)


RSVP for Public Programs not required but strongly recommended. Space is limited; those without RSVPs cannot be guaranteed a seat. To RSVP, contact the Call Center at 212-485-9268 or call.center@nyhistory.org.

PLUS, Full Weekend of NYHS Events:


With an opportunity to visit the New-York Historical Society’s special exhibition, “The Vietnam War: 1945-1975.”
Our Voices From War READERS will share original writing on experiences of war and coming home (Vietnam-era and recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan).





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

Please consider supporting Voices From War’s workshops and programming by making a tax-deductible donation through our Fiscal Sponsor, FRACTURED ATLAS, by visiting our page or through our website. THANK YOU!

Tax-deductible donations: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=10933


Time for WRITING in the BRONX…

Registration OPEN – NYC FALL workshops


FALL 2017 – CLASSES Start SATURDAY, SEPT 9th – Morris Park NYPL

PLUS Join us for our Voices From War OPEN HOUSE

SUNDAY, SEPT 10th, 4:00-6:00 pm

RSVP: info@voicesfromwar.org

OPEN HOUSE: in Manhattan – (East Village) – a short walk or subway ride from Union Square.

VOICES FROM WAR’s Manhattan workshop (Season 9) STARTS TUESDAY, SEPT 19th


OPEN HOUSE & SOCIAL - FALL 2017 - SEPT 10th, 4:00-6:00 pm
14th Street Y - host to Voices From War (NYC-Manhattan) workshop
344 East 14th Street
NY, NY  10003

RSVP (preferred) & Questions: info@voicesfromwar.org
Join us for conversation & light refreshments.
A chance to connect with past participants, meet the instructors, and talk to other veterans.
Family members (and interested civilians) also welcome.
NYC and full metro area.
Join fellow veterans and engaged civilians for this opportunity to read and write about experiences of war. Past workshops have read great work from a wide range of writers, including work from contemporary veterans such as Maurice Decaul, Matt Gallagher, Nicole Goodwin, and Phil Klay; plus writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Siobhan Adcock, Elie Wiesel, and Stephen King. Come see who’s next…
FALL 2017 – BRONX Workshop – The Craft of War Writing – REGISTRATION OPEN


NYC – MANHATTAN: Registration & Details

VOICES FROM WAR – Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century



Voices From War at the New York Historical Society

Mark your calendars and join us for great new writing from our NYC veterans!

Stay tuned for more details & check back on our EVENTS page…



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

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


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!


#veterans #stories



“Memory of places and comrades” and unheard stories

Benjamin Busch, veteran and writer, penned the introduction to upcoming anthology, Standing Down (coming from the Great Books Foundation this October), which pulls together a wide-ranging assemblage of writing on war, an exciting addition to war literature collections.

Last November, Busch, author of the thoughtful and beautifully crafted memoir Dust to Dust (about war, grief, parents, childhood, living…), read a concise piece on the silences of war, looking back on his grandfather and World War II.  You can hear him over at Talking Service and read the transcript at NPR, along with an essay by veteran David Abrams on the incongruities of war, which Abrams so engagingly brings forth in his satiric novel, Fobbit.

Here’s some of the take-away from Benjamin Busch:

“There are 22 million veterans living in America today, civilians again, mowing their lawns and waiting in lines.

In the six years since I left the Marines, what always strikes me is a veteran’s enduring attachment to their unit, their clear memory of places and comrades, the stunning drama of their missions or unique situational comedy of their labors. Most of these stories are never heard, because no one ever asks for them.

We mention sacrifice on days like this, but sacrifice likely isn’t the thing a veteran will recall. It will be the stories. It’s these tales that make military experience comprehensible to those who never serve in this way. What if today — instead of thanking a veteran for their service and then passing by — you take a moment to ask them for a story? We’ve all got one to tell.”

– Benjamin Busch, on NPR, Veteran’s Day 2012

It’s well worth reading the short piece in its entirety.
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.