Readings by Writer-Veterans and Discussion
Friday, October 17, 2014, 7 p.m., ADMISSION FREE
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD 20815
Ron Capps is the founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit that provides no-cost writing workshops and seminars for veterans, service members, and their families. He served in the Army and Army Reserve for twenty-five years, and was a Foreign Service officer for the Department of State. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, was published by Schaffner Press in 2014.
Dario DiBattista’s work has been featured in the Washingtonian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Connecticut Review, and many other places. Additionally, he has been profiled in the New York Times and other places, and has been a commentator on National Public Radio. His editing projects include 20 Something Magazine, O-Dark-Thirty, and jmww. He lives in Towson, Maryland, and teaches as an instructor for the Veterans Writing Project and as an adjunct professor for the Community College of Baltimore County. He is seeking publication of his books Go Now, You Are Forgiven: A Memoir of Love, War, and Coming Home and The Contagion: A Novel.
James Mathews grew up in El Paso, Texas, and now lives in Maryland. His stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Painted Bride Quarterly, Florida Review, Carolina Quarterly, Northwest Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and many more. He is also the recipient of many awards for his fiction, including the 2000 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for his short story, “Beg Forgiveness.” His collection, Last Known Position, received the 2008 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and was published by the University of North Texas. He is also a retired Air Force/Air National Guard Chief Master Sergeant who served two combat tours in Iraq (in 2003 and 2006). His website is www.jamesmathewsonline.com.
Katey Schultz is recipient of the Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction and the IndieFab Book of the Year Award in War & Military Fiction from Foreword Reviews for her debut short story collection, Flashes of War (2013). She has been awarded writing fellowships in eight different states, as well as the Linda Flowers Literary Prize from the North Carolina Humanities Council. Flashes of War has received high praise from literary and veterans’ associations alike. Katey grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina, where she lives in a 1970 Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest. Please visit www.kateyschultz.com.
Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During her deployment to Iraq, Williams was at the forefront of troops’ interaction with Iraqis while also navigating the challenges of being part of the 15% of the Army that is female. Kayla is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military. Ms. Williams graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University, and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University. She is a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and a current Truman National Security Project Fellow. Kayla currently lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband, a combat-wounded veteran, and their two children. Her second book, Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, about their family’s journey from trauma to healing, was recently released by W. W. Norton.