We are drawn to stories exactly because we want to know what life is like for other people so we can learn more about ourselves and the world. The only catch is…we have to actually read them. We have to actually listen.Helen Benedict, Why Writing and Reading About War Matters, PBS Blog Regarding War.
STORIES CONNECT US
Only 1% of Americans serve in today’s military. For many, myself included, our connection with the military ended with our parents’ generation and was sealed with the end of the draft. The gap between our lives and those lived by citizens of war zones can seem even larger.
This page is a starting point for veterans, active military, their families, and civilians who want to write, hear or read stories and poetry that illuminate how war impacts us all. Each poem, novel, story, or image has the power to bring us closer.
The links below lead to writing programs, journals, essays, oral histories, interviews, blogs, book reviews, fiction, poetry, nonfiction for all readers, writers and listeners. You’ll find a heavy but not exclusive focus on our most recent wars. They are just the beginning. I hope that the page will evolve with your help. Send along your suggestions for sites to add, links to highlight, interviews, features, or book reviews you found insightful. You can email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.