Literary Connections

The frustrated writer in me cannot help but support combat veterans and others who are working to write down their experiences in ways that can help each of us experience the aftermaths of War in a life.

Military Experience & the Arts

A volunteer-led organization that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art work of combat veterans and their loved ones, as well as leads workshops to promote creative expression as a way to move forward after War.

Task & Purpose

A news and culture site, written and edited by combat veterans, with regular updates that comment and inform about all matters related to veterans, from the comic to the tragic, from the practical to the ideal.

Time Now: The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in Art, Film, and Literature

Always interesting, often provocative, ever eloquent thoughts on these Wars as they are now being portrayed and reviewed in the aesthetic world.

FOR AN EXCELLENT LIST OF WORKS, CURRENT THROUGH DECEMBER 2015, see the list below. For Peter Molin’s original post, click here.

Veterans Writing Project

A group dedicated to bringing combat veterans’ stories into words and into the world, with writings, seminar offerings, and mentorship, based out of Washington DC.

Words After War

Based out of New York City, a group of veteran writers dedicated to bringing the best of veteran writing to the world–and to encouraging such writing from all those who wish to tell their stories.


 

07 December 2015

 

Iraq and Afghanistan War Fiction:

2008

Nadeem Aslam: The Wasted Vigil (2008)

2011

Siobhan Fallon (Army spouse): You Know When the Men Are Gone (2011)
Helen Benedict: Sand Queen (2011)

2012

David Abrams (Army): Fobbit (2012)
Ben Fountain: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012)
Kevin Powers (Army): The Yellow Birds (2012)
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya: The Watch (2012)

2013

Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer (2013)
Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man’s Garden (2013)
Lea Carpenter: Eleven Days (2013)
Masha Hamilton: What Changes Everything (2013)
Hilary Plum: They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013)
Roxana Robinson: Sparta (2013)
J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith): The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013)
Katey Shultz: Flashes of War (2013)
Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, edited by Roy Scranton (Army) and Matt Gallagher (Army) (2013)

2014

Paul Avallone: Tattoo Zoo (2014)
Greg Baxter: The Apartment (2014)
Hassan Blasim, The Corpse Exhibition (2014)
Aaron Gwynn: Wynne’s War (2014)
Kara Hoffman: Be Safe, I Love You (2014)
Atticus Lish (USMC): Preparation for the Next Life (2014)
Phil Klay (USMC): Redeployment (2014)
Michael Pitre (USMC): Fives and Twenty-Fives (2014)

2015

Eliot Ackerman (USMC): Green on Blue (2015)
Brandon Caro (Navy): Old Silk Road (2015)
Jesse Goolsby (USAF): I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them (2015)
John Renehan (Army): The Valley (2015)
Ross Ritchell (Army): The Knife (2015)
Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite (Army): War of the Encylopaedists (2015)

Iraq and Afghanistan War Poetry:

2005

Juliana Spahr: This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (2005)
Brian Turner (Army): Here, Bullet (2005)

2006

Walt Piatt (Army), Paktika (2006)

2008

Sinan Antoon, The Baghdad Blues (2008)

2010

Jehanne Dubrow (Navy spouse): Stateside (2010)
Elyse Fenton (Army spouse): Clamor (2010)
Brian Turner (Army): Phantom Noise (2010)

2012

Paul Wasserman (USAF): Say Again All (2012)
Colin Halloran (Army): Shortly Thereafter (2012)

2013

Amalie Flynn (Navy spouse): Wife and War (2013)

2014

Kevin Powers (Army): Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting (2014)

2015

Randy Brown, aka “Charlie Sherpa” (Army): Welcome to FOB Haiku (2015)
Colin Halloran (Army): Icarian Flux (2015)
Philip Metres: Sand Opera (2015)
Washing the Dust from Our Hearts: Poetry and Prose from the Afghan Women Writing Project (2015)

Iraq and Afghanistan Memoir and Reportage

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Colby Buzzell (Army): My War: Killing Time in Iraq (2005)

2010

Sebastian Junger: War (2010)
Matt Gallagher (Army): Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War (2010)

2012

Benjamin Busch (USMC): Dust to Dust (2012)
Brian Castner (Air Force): The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows (2012)

2014

Adrian Bonenburger (Army): Afghan Post: One Soldier’s Correspondence from America’s Forgotten War (2014)
Jennifer Percy: Demon Camp (2014)
Brian Turner (Army): My Life as a Foreign Country (2014)

2015

Colby Buzzell (Army): Thank You For Being Expendable (2015)
Roy Scranton (Army): Learning to Die in the Anthropocene (2015)

Iraq and Afghanistan War Photography:

2010

Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington: Infidel (2010)
Benjamin Busch (USMC): The Art in War (2010)

2013

Michael Kamber: Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq (2013)

Iraq and Afghanistan War Film:

2007

In the Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis, director (2007)
Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford, director (2007)

2008

The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow, director (2008)
Standard Operating Procedures, director Errol Morris (2008)
Stop-Loss, Kimberly Pierce, director (2008)
Generation Kill, David Simon and Ed Burns, executive producers (2008)

2009

Brothers, Jim Sheridan (2009)
Restrepo, Sebastian Junger, director (2009)
The Messenger, Oren Moverman, director (2009)

2010

Green Zone, Paul Greengrass, director (2010)

2012

Zero-Dark-Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow, director (2012)

2013

Lone Survivor, Peter Berg, director (2013)

2014

American Sniper, Clint Eastwood, director (2014)
Korengal, Sebastian Junger, director (2014)
The Last Patrol, Sebastian Junger, director (2014)
Fort Bliss, Claudia Myers, director (2014)

Iraq and Afghanistan War Theater, Opera, and Dance:

2007

Exit 12 Dance Company, directed by Roman Baca, New York City (2007)

2008

Theater of War (staged reading of Greek drama and interactive cast-and-audience discussion), directed by Brian Doerries (2008)

2009

The Great Game: Afghanistan (drama), directed by Nicolas Kent and Indhu Rubasingham, New York City (2009)

2011

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, written by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Moises Kaufman, starring Robin Williams, New York City (2011)

2012

Home of the Soldier, written by Ben Cunis, directed by Paata Tsikurishvili/Synthetic Theater, Arlington, VA (2012)

2013

You Know When the Men Are Gone, based on stories by Siobhan Fallon, directed by Joel Mullennix and Amy Kossow/Word for Word Performing Arts Company, San Francisco (2013)

2014

Goliath (drama), written by Takeo Rivera, directed by Alex Mallory/Poetic Theater, New York City (2014)

2015

Dilja Wal Forat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates (drama), written by Maurice Decaul, directed by Alex Mallory/Poetic Theater, New York City (2015)
The Long Walk (opera), based on Brian Castner’s memoir of the same name, music by Jeremy Howard Beck, libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann/American Lyric Theater, Saratoga, NY (2015)

Iraq and Afghanistan War Criticism:

2007

Elizabeth Samet: Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (2007)

2011

Stacey Peebles: Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier’s Experience in Iraq (2011)

2014

Elizabeth Samet: No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America (2014)

2015

Brian Doerries: The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today (2015)
Ikram Masmoudi: War and Occupation in Iraqi Fiction (2015)