Writing in Wartime - Spring Semester
Our first wartime author will be Siobhan Fallon.
February 19, 4:30 p.m., Rose O’Neill Literary House
Siobhan Fallon’s debut collection of stories, You Know When the Men Are Gone, was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle and Janet Maslin of The New York Times. Her stories and essays have appeared in Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, Publishers’ Weekly, among others, and she writes a fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and lives in Falls Church, VA.
Second will be Washington College’s owe Ryan Kelty.
March 26, 4:30 p.m., Rose O’Neill Literary House
Ryan Kelty is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington College. His research examines the effects of civilian contractor integration on military personnel, diversity in the military, and the role of military service across the life course. Dr. Kelty’s work has appeared in Armed Forces & Society, The Future of Children, Teaching Sociology, the Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology, and several edited volumes. Dr. Kelty teaches a seminar on Armed Forces & Society at Washington College, and consults for various defense agencies and defense research organizations. Previously, Dr. Kelty served on the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership faculty at West Point.
Third will be the 2012 Douglas Wallop Fellow, Playwright KJ Sanchez
April 8 – 12 (Event TBA)
KJ Sanchez is founder/CEO of American Records, a theater company devoted to chronicling our time (www.amrec.us). As a playwright, she has been produced (select lists) at Asolo Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Two River Theater, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, Round House Theater, Working Classroom, Cornerstone, and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. She has directed plays by Dan Dietz, Kyle Schmidt, Heather Raffo, Jose Rivera, Quiara Hudes, and Kristoffer Diaz. As an actress she has been on stages at The Humana Festival, The Goodman, Berkely Rep, Long Warf, New York Theater Workshop, and BAM. She is the voice of many characters in the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. As the producer, director and co-author of ReEntry, a play based on interviews with Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, KJ produced its international tour and contracted with the Department of Defense, taking the play to service members at over thirty military bases and hospitals throughout the US and Internationally.
Finally, Anthony Swofford.
April 18, 5:00 p.m., Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
Author of the critically acclaimed and best selling memoir, Jarhead, A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, Anthony Swofford served as a lance corporal in a U.S. Marine Corps Surveillance and Target Acquisition/Scout-Sniper platoon during the 1991 Gulf War. After finishing his military service, he attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and in time, wrote a book about his experience in the Marines. Published on the eve of the Iraq War, Jarhead reveals Swofford as an eloquent and brazenly honest spokesman for the “grunt” who is as aware of the political realities of the war as he is of warfare’s seduction over him. His newest book, Hotels, Hospitals and Jails: A Memoir, was released in June 2012 by Hachette Book Group.