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Reading, Writing & Talking War
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY
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Reading, Writing & Talking War
Veteran Artist Program presents
Reading, Writing & Talking War: an evening of readings and discussion

Friday, November 8 at 8PM
Katie Murphy Amphitheater at the Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W 27th St (between Seventh & Eighth Avenues)

Scaled ticketing available (pay what you can) $10 - $25
Free tickets for students and veterans; email

Featuring Roxana Robinson, author of SPARTA (FSG/Sarah Crichton Books, 2013) with military veteran writers Maurice Decaul, Mariette Kalinowski, J.A. Moad II and Jake Siegel. Writer Kara Krauze, founder of Voices from War, will introduce and moderate.

As long as we are willing to send people off to war, we must honor their stories when they return. After ten years of America at war, our soldiers are returning to civilian life, and civilians are learning about what it meant to fight. What do we need to know about experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan? How do we accept these stories, stories of war, as part of American history, American literature and the American dialogue?

Roxana Robinson is the author of SPARTA, praised by the New York Times Book Review for its ability to skillfully convey the "insidious, layered and complex mix of debilitating psychological wounds, many of them sharpened by the astonishing contrast between driving the explosive roads of a war zone and walking down a crowded New York street."

Maurice Decaul is a former Marine, poet, essayist and librettist. His collaborations with noted poet and performer Mike Ladd and composer Vijay Iyer have led to the creation of Holding It Down and Sleep Song, which premiered in New York and Paris. Decaul's current project, Lioness, will premiere at the Intersections Festival next year in Washington, D.C.

Mariette Kalinowski was deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as a machine gunner on convoy security from 2005-6, and as a Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of a Class IX Supply Yard in 2008-9. She studies in the MFA program at Hunter College, under the direction of Peter Carey, Colum McCann, and Claire Messud, among others, and is working on her first novel, based on her time in the Marines.

Jake Siegel serves in the New York Army National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2006-7 and to Afghanistan in 2011-12. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, New York Press, and elsewhere. He is editor of The Hero Project at The Daily Beast, and editor and contributor to FIRE AND FORGET: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013).

J.A. Moad II, literature professor, veteran, pilot and writer, is an editor at War, Literature and the Arts, which has been a leader in publishing and promoting stories about war for more than twenty years through its literary journal and newly-established blog, accessible via

Part of the Arts & Service Celebration, presented by the Veteran Artist Program in partnership with Warrior Gateway. The Veteran Artist Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting and encouraging veteran participation in the arts.  VAP's week of Arts & Service honors the sacrifices of our soldiers and opens up new ways to serve through artistic expression: entertaining, educating, honoring past service and serving the future. "This is What We Fought For," the Veteran Artist Program theme for the week leading up to Veterans Day, reminds us all of the value, joy and responsibility of service, turning from past service during war to artistic service ahead, serving each other, both veteran and civilian. Working together. Join the conversation at



Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology (View)
227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
United States

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