Weekly Round-Up: Liftoff Edition

Literary Programming in the Danger Zone

The solitary life of the unmanned F-16

Welcome to the Words After War Weekly Round-Up: Liftoff Edition. In this space we share seven links relevant to our mission of improving the veteran-civilian dialogue through high-quality literary programming.

We’re wheels up and very happy that our first writing workshop went off without a hitch on Tuesday night. We’re certainly a little relieved too. Many thanks to instructor Matt Gallagher, to our host Mellow Pages Library, and to everyone who came out. See you next week!

That same day Executive Director and Co-founder Brandon Willitts joined a panel at Brooklyn College and wowed the crowd with his thoughts on the growing community of veteran writers and on bridging the military-civilian divide through literary programming.

You’ll be happy to learn that we have many exciting developments in the works. We get stronger every day. Contests! Panels! Business cards! Join us and help provide high-quality literary programming for veterans, their families and civilian supporters. As always, thank you for your time and support. Here we go:

1. Read veteran Phil Klay’s review of Andrew Bacevich’s Breach of Trust in The Daily Beast.

2. Funerals for Fallen Robots in The Atlantic.

3. Good news, Jonathan Lethem says creative writing can be taught, via Slate.

4. However, author Alice McDermott suggests doing anything else.

5. The VA wants vets to tell their stories on benefits.

6. Check out Essay Daily out of University of Arizona, “a space for ongoing conversation about essays & essayists of note.” Essay Daily also includes a great list of non-fiction-friendly sites and publications.

7. Listen to our friend David Abrams on Utah Public Radio. We were honored to offer a spot in David’s Brattleboro Literary Festival workshop to the winner of our first contest. We would also like to extend a hearty congratulations to contest winner Jerri Bell of Chesapeake Beach, MD, as well as a thank you to all who entered.

Bonus link: Listen to our friend and Fire and Forget contributor Mariette Kalinowski speak to Marketplace about the value and impact of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Have a great weekend.

-Mike

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