Weekly Round-up: Full Swing Edition

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Welcome to the fourth Words After War Weekly Round-Up: Full Swing Edition. In this space we share 7 links relevant to our mission of improving the veteran-civilian dialogue through high-quality literary programming.

Big week here at Words After War. Instructor Matt Gallagher posted this piece in the Times At War blog; we filled our inaugural workshop (and started a wait list); we hit 500 Facebook “likes” (editor’s note: 550); we wrote our first ad copy AND we secured our fiscal sponsorship, allowing us to begin thinking about fundraising. Of course, none of this would be possible without your continued support, so thank you.

Here we go:

1. A great interview with the veterans who climbed Yosemite peaks on September 11th.

2. A look at The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013.

3. A quick tour of the “online writing universe” via The Daily Dot.

4. We’re a bit late to this, but Are Novelists Too Wary of Criticizing Other Novelists? A conversation between Zoe Heller (bonus: read her evisceration of Salman Rushdie in The New York Review of Books here) and Adam Kirsh.

5. The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees were announced.

6. The mystery and debate surrounding the death of Chris McCandless has persisted for over twenty years. Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, finds some closure.

7. Finally, two opportunities to share your work. Military Experience and the Arts is currently seeking submissions. And check out Dreams of the Fallen, an exciting multimedia project featuring the poet Brian Turner.

Have a great weekend.


The inaugural Words After War Writing Workshop, led by veteran and writer Matt Gallagher, will begin Sept. 24 at Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn, NY. More details can be found here. The workshop is open to veterans and civilians alike. Join the waitlist or spread the word!

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