In this episode I talk about creating the VAP Family of Podcasts under the Veteran Artist Program non-profit. I also talk about the new VAP Community that we just rolled out this week to allow veteran artists to interact with and help other veteran artists. A rising tide lifts all boats. This community will strengthen veteran artists as a whole. To get your invite into the community, https://veteranartistprogram.leadpages.co/communityinvite/ or text the word VETERAN to 44222.
Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization (City Lights, 2015), and co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013). His short stories, poetry, essays, and journalism have appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Epiphany, Prairie Schooner, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He grew up in Oregon, dropped out of college, and spent several years wandering the American West before enlisting in the US Army. He served from 2002 to 2006, including fourteen months in Iraq. After leaving the Army he earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree at the New School for Social Research, and is now completing a Ph.D. in English at Princeton. His novel War Porn is forthcoming from Soho Press in Fall 2016.
Marco Reininger (Producer) is a scholar of violence and strategies for conflict resolution, with years of experience engaging with war as a U.S. soldier and socio-cultural researcher. In Afghanistan, Marco has observed tribal dynamics, interrogated complicated data sets, and developed intricate solution models for growing peace at the grassroots level. At Columbia University, Marco studied African civil wars, the reasons people take to arms against one another, and how peace occurs. As an artist, Marco has written screenplays, performed on stage, and investigated the lessons ancient drama can teach us about the struggles we face today. Marco will draw on his experiences bridging war, social sciences, and the arts, to help shape a film that educates and explains, while never losing sight of the human story at the heart of the conflict.
Rich Moore used to be in the Marines, and is now an Army Clinical Psychologist. Rich was a founding board member for VAP and also a co-founder of The 6th Branch, an organization near and dear to my heart from my time in Baltimore.
Shawn Ganther is a visual artist and served in the US Air Force, deploying in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Northern Watch. Shawn’s best known piece, “The Thinker” was selected for the VAP Pentagon Exhibit and his artwork will be unveiled on Wild Turkey’s Military Label at the VAP Home Show this November.
Natalie Lovejoy is composer, lyricist, and bookwriter whose work has been heard at 54 Below, The Duplex, Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Flea Theatre, Greenwhich Music House, and in Nashville at the legendary Bluebird Café, and she is listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatres Writers at Contemorary Musical Theater.com. She was married to a soldier, who deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009 with the 101st Airborne Division, from 2006-2013 and was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Ft. Campbell, and Ft. Totten,
Natalie wrote the music, book and lyrics to Deployed, which was produced by the Society of Artistic Veterans off-off Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company in November 2013 and again at the Gene Frankel Theatre in January 2014 to sold-out audiences. It was featured in the Musical Theater Factory’s 4×15 in March 2015 and continues to be developed. She has contributed work to the interactive theatre piece Hall Pass (NYU Commissioned), the musical Club Meds, and wrote the score for Veteran Artist Program’s commerical “Movement to Contact.” In addition, her autobiographical short-story “Two Roads” was published in So Say We All’s anthology Homecoming which examines the transition from military to civilian life and will be featured on NPR for Veterans’s Week 2015. When not writing, she teaches voice, piano, and composition.
Education: MM in Music Composition from New York University, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Johnny Mercer Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University. Professional Member: ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild.
Matt Gallagher is the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and co-editor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His novel Youngblood is forthcoming in 2016 from Atria/Simon & Schuster.
Maurice is a former Marine, a poet, essayist, and playwright. Maurice is a graduate of Columbia University and New York University and will begin working towards his MFA in play writing at Brown University in 2015.
Lauren Kay Halloran is an Afghanistan veteran and former military public affairs officer. Her forthcoming memoir chronicles her coming-of-age against the backdrop of war, through her mother’s career as an Army nurse and her own service in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Kayla Williams is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, memoirs about her experiences during and after military service.