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Best wishes for 2019! 🎉 & a Review of 2018 Programs!

Warm wishes for the holiday season and Happy New Year!
Voices From War has had another exciting and full year. As we welcome in 2019, we want to share a few highlights from 2018!
We had a full year of writing workshops for veterans and family members, with offerings in Manhattan and the Bronx. Thank you to the 14th Street Y (11 seasons of workshops!) and the Morris Park (NYPL) Public Library (6 seasons!). Additionally, we had a landmark year of public events – participating in or holding FOUR PUBLIC READINGS this year! Every single one available free to the public, and sharing original writing from our workshop participants.
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 into 2019!
THANK YOU to each of our 2018 Participants and our Readers, Instructors, Audiences & Hosts!


Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century – we’ve entered our sixth year of workshops!  *  Seasons 10 & 11 at our fantastic downtown Manhattan host, the 14th Street Y.  *  Our thanks to Nina Semczuk, a dedicated Teaching Associate and then co-Instructor for several seasons.  *  With Nina’s departure, we were fortunate to be joined by Siobhan Adcock, talented author and also a veteran family member, with her second novel just out in 2018.  *  Thank you to our Manhattan co-instructors Scott Reel and Siobhan Adcock. All INSTRUCTOR BIOs can be found on the website’s Instructors’ page.

The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx  *  Seasons 5 & 6 at the wonderful NYPL – Morris Park Public Library.  *  A huge thank you to Jeremy Warneke (6 seasons!) and co-Instructor John LoSasso.  *  And we were thrilled to present our first Bronx Reading – see more below!

May 15, 2018 – Poets & Writers – 9th Annual Connecting Cultures Reading      

It was an honor to share the stage with other Poets & Writers’ supported workshops at the 9th Annual Connecting Cultures Reading, presented by Poets & Writers and hosted by the Center for Book Arts.

June 3, 2018 – Veteran Mosaic – Voices From War Summer Reading

Voices From War returned to the 14th Street Y Theater where we were thrilled to present writing from 8 workshop participants (Manhattan & the Bronx).   


November 10, 2018 – Voices From War at Lewis Latimer House Museum (Reading in Queens)

What a powerful way to honor and celebrate Veterans Day Weekend. Six of our Voices From War participants (from our 14th Street Y workshop and the Craft of War Writing in the Bronx) shared their work at the historic Latimer House Museum in Queens, home to African-American inventor and Union Army Civil War veteran, Lewis H. Latimer. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the museum, put it on your calendar for 2019.   

December 8, 2018 – The Craft of War Writing – Voices in the Bronx – Voices From War Winter Reading

We celebrated an amazing year of workshops and events with our first Reading in the Bronx at the Morris Park Library, host to the Craft of War Writing since our first season at the NYPL in Spring 2016. This warm and welcoming Reading featured 7 of our participants (Bronx and Manhattan) and brought our diverse audience together to hear original writing followed by delicious contributions from local vendors. Thank you to Morris Park Library and our #Bronx community!    

Public readings are a deeply meaningful experience for readers and audience alike. If you couldn’t catch one of our events in 2018, we hope to see you in 2019! Stay tuned for upcoming events. And, of course, if you are a veteran (or family member) please consider one of our workshops this year — and please share with others who might be interested! Registration opens in January.
Additional 2018 community events & news highlights included…

April 27, 2018 – Hunter College Conference – “Moral Transformation and War”

Thank you to Hunter College and Professor Christa Acampora for including Voices From War in this engaging group of presentations. Voices From War director Kara Krauze presented with writer (and previous participant) Teresa Fazio. Voices From War:  Bridging Divides: Writing a Kaleidoscope of Experience

June 8, 2018 – Vassar’s Veterans Posse Program

Kara was fortunate to attend this panel event offering a chance to hear from current Veterans Posse Program participants – veterans attending Vassar College supported by additional #community through the Posse Program. Also pleased to soon after reconnect with Voices From War alum and Veterans Posse Program participant Gino Ruiz.

June 2018 – Visiting artist, Zinaida

We were pleased to welcome Ukrainian artist Zinaida and her colleague as guests to our June Reading, and to visit her exhibit and learn more about Zinaida’s work with Ukrainian veterans and art. Zinaida exhibited her powerful work at White Box gallery in NYC and brought her art workshop, ArtRehub, to the VA during her visit.

June 20, 2018 – incoming Co-Instructor, Siobhan Adcock – Book Launch

Voices From War instructor, Siobhan Adcock, celebrated the launch of her second novel, The Completionist, at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. We are thrilled to have Siobhan Adcock continuing with co-Instructor Scott Reel for our upcoming Season 12 at the 14th Street Y!


September 5, 2018 – Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Community Arts Breakfast

Hosted by Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (in Hamilton Heights) and featuring inspiring stories from other community arts organizations. Voices From War was honored to be a speaker in 2017 and once again excited and inspired to attend this year’s gathering.



September 13, 2018 – The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards

Voices From War is honored to receive grant support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation (RJF). The RJF Awards event in September featured guest speaker Tayari Jones and honored 6 new emerging women writers. Amazing work!   


November 30, 2018Intrepid After Hours – Voices From War at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

It was great to return to the Intrepid for another Voices From War workshop offered as Intrepid After Hours programming. Instructors Jeremy Warneke and Kara Krauze met a wonderful group of participants.   

December 3, 2018 – Voices From War – The Craft of War Writing featured on BronxNet TV

Thank you to three of our instructors, Jeremy Warneke and John LoSasso (The Craft of War Writing – Bronx) and Siobhan Adcock (14th Street Y – Manhattan), for their appearance on BronxNet TV show “Open” to share about our workshops and our Dec. 8th Reading in the Bronx. Missed the show? You can still catch it (about 13 minutes in) on the BronxNet website.

We are deeply grateful, as ever, to our multi-year grant support from Amazon Literary Partnership, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Poets & Writers (Readings & Workshops Program), and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Our collaboration in the Bronx has also benefited from additional support from the Bronx Council on the Arts.

And all of our workshops and programming also continue to rely on YOU, our individual contributors and all of our supporters, veteran, military family, and civilians alike. THANK YOU to our community! Your support for veterans and diverse voices matters!

Here is to a rewarding 2019!

Stay tuned and stop by the website for more updates, upcoming 2019 REGISTRATION and MORE! And save the date for our next Open House: Sunday, FEBRUARY 17, 4:00-5:30 pm.

As always, each of you continue 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 2019, 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!    #MoreVoices
To make a tax-deductible donation, visit our fiscal sponsorship page on Fractured Atlas…or click-through via our website.
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Warmest wishes!

With thanks,


Kara Krauze
Founder, Director

Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans



OPEN HOUSE – Join Voices From War on FEB 11th!

We hope you can join us for Voices From War’s


SUNDAY, February 11th, 4:00-6:00 pm

at the 14th St Y

344 East 14th Street

New York, NY  10003

Come meet and chat with Voices From War instructors and catch up with previous workshop attendees and welcome interested new participants.
Refreshments will be served.


NYC-Manhattan (14th St Y) – Workshops start FEBRUARY 28th (Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Click to REGISTER NOW

Bronx (Morris Park NYPL) – Workshops start MARCH 10th (Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Click to REGISTER NOW


FLYERS below

PDF Flyers available upon request.



We hope to see you for our OPEN HOUSE!
Sunday, FEBRUARY 11th, 4:00-6:00 pm

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

RSVP or questions: info@voicesfromwar.org

Thank you to our Fall 2017 participants for another great season @14StreetY and @NYPL #MorrisPark



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.



“Tango” NY Film Premiere & More!    

Last year, Voices From War partnered with Tango on the Balcony, a narrative short film project telling the visceral story of a veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress after service in Iraq.

The NY Premiere of Cyprian Films‘ narrative short film Tango on the Balcony is this weekend!

==> Tango on the Balcony NY PREMIERE

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th, 11:00 a.m.

at the SoHo Film Festival
RESERVE your TICKETS herehttp://www.tangoonthebalcony.com/screenings/


COME SEE one of our Voices From War workshop participant’s own work on stage!

==> Phil Nerges’s show!  “Don’t Feed The Cats”

Talented writer, songwriter, and poet, PHIL NERGES, served as a contractor in Iraq. His humility, intelligence, and soulful way with words have impressed many of us! Whether you’ve met Phil in the Voices From War classroom, heard him read at our event last November, or haven’t yet had the chance… we hope you can come see his exciting new production in NYC before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland!

NEXT WEEK in Brooklyn!

THURS., JUNE 16th, 7:30 pm (Doors Open)

FROM the Producers:

“A brand new blues-rock greek tragedy about war profiteering, explosive highways and hungry cats. Give our show a NYC send off before we sail over the Atlantic to present at this year’s EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL!”

THANK YOU to all of our workshop participants – and our supporters! – this Spring. What a great season!

With a special THANK YOU and “Shout Out” to…

Host of our NYC Manhattan workshop – the 14th Street Y!
NYC co-instructor NATE BETHEA! and NYC participant mentor AMANDA BRIGGS!
Our BRONX collaboration – The CRAFT of WAR WRITING with JEREMY WARNEKE!
Host to The CRAFT of WAR WRITING – the Morris Park Library and the NYPL!
Support from POETS & WRITERS’ Readings & Workshop Series (Manhattan)!
Support for The CRAFT of WAR WRITING from the BRONX  COUNCIL on the ARTS!


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!  ◊◊

Voices from War - Logo

** 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.