F228. Above, Beyond, and After Duty: Teaching Creative Writing to Veterans

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Working artists across multiple genres discuss the challenges and rewards of teaching writing to veterans and active duty service members. In our panel discussion, we will cover institutional and individual approaches to pedagogy, why this work is worth doing, and how to do this emotionally exhausting and occasionally triggering work sustainably in university and community settings. Panelists will also discuss how their own writing has been influenced by working with this unique population.



Steve Kistulentz is the author of Panorama, a novel and two books of poems, Little Black Daydream and The Luckless Age. He is the founding director of the graduate program in creative writing at Saint Leo University.

Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them. A recipient of the Florida Book Award and the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize, his recent work appears in Epoch, The Literary Review, Pleiades, and Blackbird. He is the acquisitions editor at War, Literature & the Arts.

Seema Reza is the author of When the World Breaks Open, a memoir in essays and poetry and coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital military arts program in Washington, DC. She is a VONA alumnus and serves as a council member-at-large for the Transformative Language Arts Network.

Lovella Calica is a writer and photographer. She is the founding director of Warrior Writers, a creative community for veterans articulating their experiences, and has worked with veterans for ten years. An editor of four anthologies of veterans’ writing, she has self-published two chapbooks of poetry.

Matt Young is the author of Eat the Apple, a multi-genre flash memoir about his enlistment in the Marine Corps. His recent work can be found in Consequence, Split Lip, Word Riot, and others. He is an instructor at Centralia College in Washington and an editorial assistant for Under the Gum Tree.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center