R215. Iraq Veteran-Writers 10 Years Later: Words After Words After War

Room 408 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel features four accomplished veteran-writers who each served in Iraq between 2003 and 2005, in conversation about the long-lasting consequences of their experience of war. Looking back, the panel asks its participants to reflect on their service and their writing about war. Looking forward, it asks them about current writing projects that directly or indirectly address the ongoing importance of the Iraq War in their own lives, the lives of other veterans, and the life of the nation.



Peter Molin is a retired US Army infantry officer who currently teaches part-time at Rutgers University in New Jersey. For ten years he was on the faculty of the Department of English and Philosophy at West Point. He blogs at Time Now: The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Art, Film, and Literature.

Colby Buzzell is a writer and the critically acclaimed author of My War Killing Time in Iraq. His work has appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, Vice, the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Penthouse, Time, and on This American Life.

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.

Maurice Emerson Decaul, a former Marine, is a poet, essayist, and playwright. His poems have also been translated to French and Arabic and his plays have been produced locally, nationally, and internationally. He is a graduate of Columbia University, NYU, and he is enrolled in Brown's playwriting MFA.

Ron Capps the founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, a 501(c)(3) based in Washington, DC. He is the author of Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years.


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