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The NYU Veterans Writing Workshop


The performance features readings of creative writing by participants in the Veterans Writing Workshop, an initiative of the NYU Creative Writing Program, which offers free classes to recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, please visit: Brandon Caro is an American writer and Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). In 2006-2007 Brandon deployed as a Navy Corpsman (combat medic) with the advisor team of the 4th Kandak/1st Brigade/201st RCAG under Task Force Phoenix. Caro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and WhiteHot Magazine, among other periodicals. He has appeared on CNN's "Newsroom" and NPR's "This American Life." Caro’s is been informed by his experiences as an advisor and combat medic in Afghanistan. He has recently finished writing his first novel. He resides in Austin, TX. Teresa Fazio grew up in White Plains, New York. She served as a Marine Corps officer from 2002-2006, deploying once to Iraq. Teresa lives and works in New York City, and was published in the New York Times' "At War" section in April 2013. She is writing a memoir about a deployment relationship and its aftermath. Nicole Goodwin was the recipient of City’s College’s Riggs Gold Medal Essay Award in 2011, a finalist for the Poets House’s 2013 Poet House Residency, and a fellow of the North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color. She is the former editor of the Escriba/Write, inner of the 2006 CCHA Eastern Region Small Journal Award, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology from City College of New York in June of 2011. Recently, she published an article “Talking with My Daughter…” for the New York Times Parents Blog. She currently resides in Harlem, New York. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Derek Meitzer currently attends New York University. He deployed as a U.S. Marine to Iraq in 2008. His work focuses on the millennial veteran perspectiveBorn in Wisconsin, Jeremy Warneke served 14 months in Iraq with the Illinois Army National Guard in 2003 to 2004. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 and currently lives in the Bronx, New York. He was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame in 2012, and he’s been a participant of the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop since the fall of 2009. An unpublished writer interested in graduate school, Jeremy likes to read and write and promote reading and writing in his spare time.Tonight’s performance is being presented by the Kennedy Center’s Education Department Office of VSA and Accessibility, under the auspices of the Rosemary Kennedy Education fund, which ensures that people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Access ProvidersMiako (Villanueva) Rankin, PhD, CI/CT, was introduced to the Deaf community and learned ASL in Colorado Springs, where she worked for four years as a dorm supervisor at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and graduated from the Interpreter Training Program at Pikes Peak Community College. She began interpreting professionally in 2001 and moved to the DC area in 2002 to attend graduate school at Gallaudet University. In addition to teaching linguistics at Gallaudet, she works as an independent contract interpreter throughout the DC metro area in a wide variety of settings. Jeff Williamson, BA, CI/CT, is a nationally certified free-lance interpreter with over 20 years of experience in the field. He has worked primarily in medical, educational (post-secondary), and private sector settings. In support of the performing arts, Mr. Williamson has interpreted over one hundred plays, musicals and concerts.

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Video 5/29/2012: NYU Veterans Writing Workshop

The performance features readings of creative writings by participants in the initiative of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Selected writers include Eric Fair, Matt Gallagher, Matthew Mellina, Perry O’Brien, and Roy Scranton. NOTE: THIS PERFORMANCE CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND MATURE THEMES.

The NYU Veterans Writing Workshop