S137. Equal Voices: Evolution of the Modern War Memoir

Diamond Salon 6&7, JW Marriott LA, 3rd Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


In past wars, up through Vietnam, war memoir was primarily a space for storytelling by educated, male, combat-based, Caucasian, politically or professionally ambitious children of the elite. This discussion seeks to describe technological, logistical, and systemic challenges and opportunities for groups—such as female combat veterans—who have not, traditionally, received adequate representation, and who are writing now. This phenomenon has been written around, but not examined in depth.



Adrian Bonenberger is a combat veteran, freelance journalist, and writer. He's in his second year at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton's MFA program for creative writing.

Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division. She is the author of the books Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the US Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War.

Brian Castner, the author of All the Ways We Kill and Die and the war memoir The Long Walk, is a nonfiction writer and former explosive ordnance disposal officer. His work has appeared in VICE, Wired, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, and on National Public Radio.

Angela Ricketts


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