S188. Not Heartwarming: Beyond Military and Feminine Tropes in Veterans’ Stories

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How do we create new narratives in a culture dominated by conventional war stories? Stories of women veterans are less emphasized in our culture, and are often challenging to write and teach, due to the fragmentation resulting from military sexual trauma and PTS. Two mentors discuss working with under-represented populations alongside two of their students—a young veteran forced to alter her gender to survive a war, and a mature veteran who broke traditional female roles to survive the military.


Sonya Lea's memoir was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and has garnered praise in Oprah magazine, People, and the BBC. Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Guernica, Ms., and more. She teaches trauma survivors.

Dorothy Hasson was born in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after graduating from high school, she enlisted in the United States Air Force. After over eighteen years of honorable military service, she has retired and is working on a book of five short stories.

Krista Tucker began writing with the Red Badge Project three years ago. She has written on a variety of subjects including her time as a soldier at war and the struggle of living a normal life with PTSD. Krista deployed to Afghanistan as team leader during the deadliest years of the GWOT.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside