Grab a drink, pull up a chair, and join us as we hear from a talented lineup of readers:
Peter Van Buren
More about the writers:
Kiley Bense is a writer and journalist whose creative nonfiction focuses on the intersections of history, memory, and family. Her essays have previously appeared online for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Narratively, and Saveur, among others. She is currently at work on a book project about World War II and the lasting consequences of trauma.
Adrian Bonenberger is an author, essayist, and journalist currently studying at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program for creative writing. He is lecturing at Yale University Fall 2015, a course titled “Memoir and the War on Terror.” He earned a B.A. from Yale in 2002 and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2014. He joined the Army in 2005, going through airborne, ranger, and reconnaissance training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantry officer, once with the 173rd Airborne (2007-08) and once with the 10th Mountain Division (2010-11). He has been featured in The New York Times, and has written military-themed essays for a variety of online and print publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Commonweal Magazine and Foreign Policy. Along with three other veteran writers, he co-edits an intellectual mil-vet affairs blog called Wrath-Bearing Tree. His war memoirs, Afghan Post, were released in January 2014.
Brandon Caro is the author of the debut novel, Old Silk Road (Post Hill Press, October 13, 2015). He was a Navy corpsman (combat medic) and advisor to the Afghan National Army in Afghanistan from 2006-2007. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Texas State University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction Writing from The New School. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the State Department on his own terms. Peter’s commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, Salon, NPR, among other places. His second book, Ghosts of Tom Joad, A Story of the #99Percent (2014) is fiction about the social and economic changes in America between WWII and the decline of the blue collar middle class in the 1980’s.
The Words After War Reading Series at The Folly is an ongoing reading and discussion series featuring storytellers whose work deals with war, conflict, and the literary arts. Words After War is a literary organization with a mission to bring veterans and civilians together to examine war and conflict through the lens of literature.