Throughout the year, NYU Veterans Writing Workshop participants not only composed and submitted original writing, they also critiqued, edited, and discussed each other’s work. It was a privilege to take part in weekly meetings that blended honesty with support, and an instinct for critique with a desire to assist.
The workshop was fortunate to receive visits from established authors and editors. Former workshop participant Phil Klay, who won the National Book Award for his debut collection Redeployment, taught a master class. Maurice Decaul, Marine veteran and former workshop fellow, discussed his play Duija Wal Fural, as well as works of poetry. Finally, the workshop was very honored to be joined by Yusef Komunyakaa, New York State Poet Laureate, and Pulitzer Prize winner.
This was a big year for the workshop. Fellow graduate student and Veterans Writing Workshop Peer, Jennifer Murphy created a website for the writing workshop, featuring upcoming workshop events, photos of our participants, a rich resource page, and an online sample of Nine Lines, thus making Volume 8 of Nine Lines the de facto first online volume. Additionally, our workshop participants were invited to read at Soldier’s Stories from the Front, a Veterans Day event at the 9/11 Tribute Center. News of the workshop, as well as work by the workshop’s participants, has reached a wide audience.
- by Yael Hacohen 2015-16 NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow