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Afterwords: As You WereAfterwords: As You Were is the 20th anthology of writing from VWW and the 3rd annual from veterans who meet at Fordham Westchester Campus, published in November 2015.

The stories in this book find veterans looking back at the experiences and decisions from their past that helped shape them into the people they are today, remembering and respecting the person they used to be, while making way for a new person, wiser and more courageous than before.

Authors: Al Boyarsky, Rod Carlson, Matt Coffey, Norman Easy, Joe Gorman, Warren Gregory, Jack Hayes, George Kelly, Nicholas LaMonica, James McCauley, Matt Phair, Terry Solomon, Peter Stone, Anthony Suozzi and Randy Swan.



Afterwords: Remaining TrueAfterwords: Remaining True is the 19th anthology of writing from VWW and the sixth from the writing group at the Common Ground Veterans Residence in Montrose NY, published in September 2015.

The stories and poems you'll find in this book deal with the rewards and the heartbreaks of soldiers trying to remain true to each other and to themselves. The connection between the men and women who serve side-by-side is unshakeable; this book is a testament to that connection, and an example of the power and value that writing can have in the lives of veterans.

Authors: Luis Calex, John Ellert, David Jones, Steve Reiter, Laura Torres

 



Afterwords: Moments of ChangeAfterwords: Moments of Change is the 18th anthology of writing from VWW and the 5th from the writing group at the Common Ground Veterans Residence in Montrose NY, published in April 2015.

Moments of change are what these veteran-authors have chosen to focus on in these stories. Big moments that alter the course of history, and smaller moments that alter the course of individual lives. From a young soldier's response to the news of the 9-11 attacks, to another soldier's personal realization of the meaning of the Army's seven core values, all of these stories show individual humans in the process of discovering something important about the world and about themselves.

Authors: Luis Calex, David Jones, Fritzgerald O'Bryan, Steve Reiter, Laura Torres


Afterwords: On With LifeAfterwords: On With Life is the 17th anthology of writing from VWW, and the 2nd from Jericho Project transitional residence., published in February 2015.

While some of the writing here deals with life in the military, other pieces focus on family, on lessons learned from mothers, fathers, and grandparents. But whether the subject is military life or family life, all of these writers express a strong desire to be part of something greater than themselves and to grow as individuals.

Authors: Nathaniel Martin, Michelle Sims, Norman Smith, Lisa Martine Spencer

 


Afterwords: At the End of the DayAfterwords: At the End of the Day is the 16th anthology of writing from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the second annual anthology from the veterans who meet at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, published in January 2015.

We are proud to share with you the voices of veterans who have served in Iraq, Bosnia, Vietnam, and Korea—proving, once again, that there are many different types of veterans, and many different types of veterans' stories. What writing offers veterans—and all of us—is a way for the person we are today to look back on the person we used to be, a place to preserve the wisdom we have earned, to share the answers we have found, and ask the questions that still matter to us.

Authors: George Broadhead, Bill Growney, Philip Milio, Mike O'Brien, David Sandgrund, Bruce Taylor, Jeremy Warneke, and Christian Zamora.

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Afterwords: Looking BackAfterwords: Looking Back is the 15th anthology of writing from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the second annual from the veterans who meet at Fordham Westchester Campus, published in November 2014.

It's been said that for the soldier who has served in wartime, "coming home" is a journey that can take years. Many veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, and World War Two are still struggling to make that journey, and writing can be an important part of that process.

Authors: Ryan Barry, Al Boyarsky, Rod Carlson, Matt Coffey, Isaac Cortes, Jack Hayes, George Kelly, Nicholas LaMonica, Jim Nolan, Matt Phair, Terry Solomon, Vince Speranza, Peter Stone, and Jeremy Warneke.

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Afterwords: Bring Down the WallsAfterwords: Bring Down the Walls is the 14th anthology from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the first from the veterans writing group at Jericho Project, published in August 2014.

Every Wednesday night from April until June of 2014, a group of veterans gathered together around a table at Jericho Project's Kingsbridge Terrace Veterans Residence to learn the skills and confidence they needed to tell their stories. Here you will find stories about the challenges of dealing with life in the military as well as life on the streets, memories of first loves and family. The stories these veterans have written are honest and brave—important qualities in writing and in life.

Authors: Rolando Font, Ronald Haynie, Craig Hinds, William G. Miller, Jr., and James Santiago.

 

Afterwords: What Makes Us StrongerAfterwords: What Makes Us Stronger is the 13th anthology of writing from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the fourth from the writing group at the Common Ground Veterans Residence in Montrose NY, published in July 2014.

Once again, the stories and poems in this book show the richness and diversity of these veterans' experience. Whether they focus on time spent in the military, childhood memories, or some other area of their lives, all of these stories touch on important moments when choices are made and lessons are learned.

Authors: Luis Calex, Lester Fauntleroy, Medwin Araz Ghabaee, Diane Jackson, John Matushefske, Fritzgerald O'Bryan, Alfred Nazario, Douglass Richards, Thaddeus Rice, and Luis Rivera.

Afterwords: Stories We TellAfterwords: Stories We Tell is the 12th anthology of writing from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the first annual from the veterans who meet at Fordham Lincoln Center Campus, published in January 2014.

Here you will find stories that take place in a bedouin camp in Kuwait, in a radio shack under siege in Vietnam, and on the bloodied battlefields of Korea. The stories veterans have to tell are more than war-stories—you will also find youthful memories of lessons learned from fathers, lovers, and friends, all told from the veteran's perspective.

Authors: George Broadhead, Dennis Hood, Jeremiah Jahi, Nelson Lowhim, Vincent McGowan, Robert Newton, Darin Rummel, David Sandgrund, and Michael Welch.

 

Afterwords: The Ones We RememberAfterwords: The Ones We Remember is the 11th anthology of writing from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the third from veterans at Common Ground Veterans Residence, published in January 2014.

Whether it's an Air Force T.I. who turns a group of undisciplined young recruits into a cohesive unit, or a beloved uncle who tries to teach a young boy about the realities of war and the preciousness of human life, these stories shine a light on the difference that other people make in our lives.

Authors: Lester Fauntleroy, Diane Jackson, John Matushefske, Louis Olano, and Thaddeus Rice.

 

Afterwords: The Ones We Save Afterwords: The Ones We Save is the tenth anthology of writing from the Veterans Writing Workshop, and the first annual from the veterans who meet at Fordham Westchester Campus, published in October of 2013.

Here you will find stories of war time and peace time, and the time in-between; stories of the strong bonds of comradery between soldiers, and the kind of alienation that seems beyond the reach of any friendship. Stories of physical and mental pain as well as the humor and resilience that veterans call upon to face the toughest challenges.

Authors: Peter Balkite, Ryan Barry, James Beckvermit, Rod Carlson, Isaac Cortes, Joe Gorman, George Kelly, Nicholas LaMonica, John Owens, Matt Phair, Peter Stone, and Jeremy Warneke.

 

Afterwords: Finding Home Afterwords: Finding Home our ninth anthology, the second from veterans at Common Ground Veterans Residence, published in September of 2013.

Here are stories that take place in wartime Vietnam, on a handball court in the Bronx, and in the jungles of West Africa. Stories of violence and bravery, losing love and finding it again, stories of human beings doing their best under difficult circumstances to connect with what matters most to them.

Authors: Pete Barich, James Barnett, John Matushefske, Dennis O'Toole, Lonnie Roberts, and Tom Stewart. Illustrations by Lawrence Brooks.

 

Afterwords: Where We Find Ourselves Afterwords: Where We Find Ourselves our eighth anthology, published in January of 2013.

We asked these veterans to remember a place that made some kind of impact on them, a place they cannot forget. For one, it's a medivac unit in the belly of a cargo plane where a young soldier's life hangs in the balance. For another, it's a riverside in Vietnam where we get an unexpected glimpse of beauty and peace in the midst of war—all places where these writers come face to face with themselves.

Authors: Philip Affuso, Jack Kamis, David Sandgrund, Jeni Thompson, and Joseph Wade.

 

Afterwords: In Remembrance Afterwords: In Remembrance our seventh anthology, published in January of 2013.

Whether it's a beloved helicopter pilot who makes the ultimate sacrifice, or a lonely sailor who commits a last act of desperation believing he's been forgotten, the stories in this book speak to the way in which we remember the people who matter to us, and how those memories change and grow over time.

Authors: Rod Carlson, Matt Coffey, Nick LaMonica, John Owens, and Peter Stone.

 

 

Afterwords: From War and HomeAfterwords: Who We Are our sixth anthology, published in September of 2012.

In this book, you will find stories that take place in the hospitals and airstrips of Vietnam, the farmland of South Dakota, the mountains of California, and the dangerous streets of Iraq.

These stories wrestle with questions of what it means to be a veteran, how that experience carries over into your life and relationships, and how to deal with other people's expectations and your own.

Authors: Philip Affuso, Bob Jennings, Jack Kamis, Joe Lisi, Nelson Lowhim, David Sandgrund, Eric Tausch, and Sue Tausch.

Afterwords: From War and HomeAfterwords: The Things We Choose our fifth anthology, published in September of 2012.

In this book you will hear the voices of veterans who served in Iraq, Vietnam, and World War II. Here are stories about choices, about how the choices we make—in the confusion of battle, behind the controls of a helicopter, or on the tense streets of a foreign culture—can have lasting and sometimes lethal effects. Here also are stories about the power of human endurance and perseverance, how simply choosing to survive can be the greatest victory of all.

Authors: Rod Carlson, Nick LaMonica, Jim Nolan, Peter Stone, and Jeremy Warneke.

Afterwords: From War and HomeAfterwords: What I Remember, our fourth anthology, published in June of 2012.

For ten Monday nights in the Spring of 2012, a group of veterans met around a table at Fordham University's Westchester Campus to share their stories and get in touch with the writer inside themselves. Here are stories from the jungles of Vietnam and the frozen battlefields of World War II, stories from the front line and from the home front. If there is a common thread that runs through these stories, it's a sense of duty and responsibility toward one's comrades and toward one's self.

Authors: Rod Carlson, Bob Duffy, Nick LaMonica, Jim Nolan, Robert Radding, Peter Stone, Gene Westmoreland, and Mary Lynch Westmoreland.

Afterwords: From War and HomeAfterwords: The Way Home, our third anthology, published in June of 2012.

This is our first anthology to include writings from veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Vietnam.

The stories you'll find in this book are as varied and distinctive as the veterans who wrote them–stories of the strains that war puts on men both on the battlefield and at home. Stories of men who, even under the most difficult of circumstances, try to hold onto what feels honorable and true to them.

Authors: Randy Clinton, Ralph DeMatthews, George Jacobs, Joe Lisi, John Manley, and Paul Wasserman

Afterwords: From War and HomeAfterwords: On Common Ground, our second anthology, published in December of 2011.

The writers in this book are U.S. veterans from the Common Ground Veterans Residence in Montrose, NY. The stories and poems they've written are a lesson in what it means to stay human under the most challenging of circumstances—remembering family and home, dealing with grief felt for fallen comrades, witnessing horrific human tragedy, and finding moments of peace in the solitude of nature. These veterans see their writing as helpful not only to themselves, but to others as well. "That's what it's all about," one workshop member said, "You tell your story, and maybe it'll help somebody else."

Authors: Robert Benedetto, Frank Muer, Edwardo Padilla, Angel Ramos-Lopez. Illustrations by Marc Yarnes.

Afterwords: From War and Home

Afterwords: From War and Home, our first anthology published in August of 2011.

For veterans who have lived through the terror, the comradery, and the absurdity of war, writing can be a way of understanding what they've been through and passing that understanding on to us.
Some of these stories and poems are terrifying, some are tender, some are angry, and some are humorous---all real emotions that are part of the veteran's experience.

Authors: Jay Albrecht, Rod Carlson, Matt Coffey, Dan Griffin, Vince Speranza, and Peter Stone.