Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A faux website is better than no website!


While my author website is under construction, please consider this a temporary solution. If you're new here (or stumbled here accidentally), feel free to check out the blog archives and some nifty links.

My future website will be awesome. I promise.



“Inheritance of War,” It’s My Country Too: True Stories of Women Under Fire from the American Revolution to Afghanistan (Anthology, Hardcover, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, July 2017)

Operation Slut,” The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War (Anthology, Hardcover, Pegasus Books, Jan 2017)

“Echoes, Boston,” Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan (Anthology, Paperback, Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press, Oct 2016)

“A Rock Called Afghanistan,” & “The Soldier’s Two-Step” Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors, Vol. 1 (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2012)

Essays/Journalism/Short Fiction:

"A well-balanced life: Sharon Weinstein's long career of service," Yale Medicine Magazine (Spring 2019) 

“Azar’s Roses,” CONSEQUENCE Magazine (Spring 2017)

Inheritance of War,” Drunken Boat: Folio: “Leaving Home, Coming Home, and Finding Home in Between” (Dec 2016)

American Export: Elections,” The Atlantic (Nov.8, 2016)

“Life is Like a Box of Beanies,” (reprint) O’ Dark Thirty (Summer 2016)

“An Afternoon Walk in Late October 1864,” Pleiades (Summer 2016)

Book Review: The Knife, by Ross Ritchell, Military Spouse Book Review (May 2015)

“Life is Like a Box of Beanies,” Cobalt Review (2013)

Home from War, but Not at Peace,” Glamour, winner of the ninth annual personal essay contest (Nov 2013)

Stay,” Spry Literary Journal (Apr 2013)

On the Western Front,” Mason’s Road (Aug 2012)


Seattle’s Morning News with Dave Ross, KIRO Radio (Jan. 3, 2017)

Femtastic Podcast: Mother and Daughter: A Tale of Two Veterans (March 1, 2017)

Spry Literary Journal, “Behind the Words” (Dec. 27, 2013)

Emerson College, “Air Force student vet wins Glamour essay contest” (Oct. 25, 2013)

WBUR Here & Now: Veterans Take On A Mission Of Writing (Dec. 25, 2012)

KIRO Radio (Seattle): Interview with 1st Lt. Johnson (Nov. 5, 2009)


Panel Discussion: “Women's Voices in War Narratives,” CONSEQUENCE Magazine 10th Anniversary Launch, Boston (April 2018)

Panel Discussion: “Sum of the Parts: Creating Cohesion from Fragmented Narratives,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Tampa, FL (March 2018)

Guest Lecture/Classroom Discussion: Gender and War, Boston University (Feb 2018)

Skype Discussion/Q&A: “Writing to Heal” Jterm class, Middlebury College (Jan 2018)

Challenge America National Exhibit of Veteran Art: “Inheritance of War” and “Echoes, Boston,” Aspen, CO (Aug – Nov 2017)

“The Square” Play Reading and Talkback, Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (April 2016)

Panel Discussion: "Unsung Heroes: Women Veterans' Voices," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles (April 2016)

Panel Discussion: "Beyond Combat: Nontraditional War Stories," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles (April 2016)

Fairfield University Veterans’ Day Symposium, Fairfield, CT (Nov 2014)

MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Veteran-Centered Care Conference (Nov 2013)

“Proud to Be at Wordfest: Prose and Poetry by America’s Veterans,” Springfield, MO (2013)

Panel Discussion: “After the Flames: How Creative Writing Can Be Used as a Tool for Healing and Understanding in Veteran and Civilian Populations,” The Examined Life Conference: Writing, Humanities and the Art of Medicine, University of Iowa (April 2013)

Panel Discussion: “Writing the War: How Creative Writing Can Be a Tool for Healing and Understanding in Veteran and Civilian Populations," Boston Book Festival (Oct 2012) AUDIO FILE


Greenlight Bookstore (New York), April 3, 2017
New Haven Public Library (New Haven, CT), Feb. 25, 2017
Pete’s Candy Store (New York), Feb. 16, 2017
Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, MA), Jan. 22, 2017
Adelina Books (Portland, OR), Jan. 6. 2017
University of Washington, Tacoma, Jan. 5, 2017
Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Jan. 3, 2017
Third Place Books (Seattle), Jan. 4, 2017
Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA), Nov. 18, 2016
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts (Hagerstown, MD), Nov. 15, 2016)
Towson University (Towson, MD), Nov. 14, 2016
Excelsior College (Washington, DC), Oct. 27, 2016
Central Connecticut State University, Oct. 25, 2016

Thanks for making it to the end! I'd like to reward you with this adorable picture of my cats:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Three new war writing anthologies!

My mind is a little blown and my heart is a lot grateful to be part of three new anthologies. It's thrilling to be published, and even more so to be part of these important books covering new ground in war literature. Check 'em out!

Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan (Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press)

Available now!
Edited by Marine and Iraq veteran Dario DiBattista, this collection of essays was specifically curated to bridge the military-civilian divide by sharing new, unique, humanizing perspectives of war and its aftermath. These are not stories of Hollywood war heroes. They're stories of love and loss, parenting, going to school, growing up, meeting new people. Men and women living their lives—who also happen to be straddling two worlds, and sometimes those worlds collide. My veteran-writer husband and I have a bookshelf full of war literature, but we don't have anything else like this collection.

Join us for a reading/discussion in Seattle

The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War (Pegasus Books, Jan 17, 2017) 

Preorder now!

A diverse collection of contemporary war fiction put together by veterans/prolific writers and thinkers Brian Castner and Adrian Bonenberger. These 24 unique voices address war from all angles (and when I say all I mean surrealism and metaphor and all sorts of other strange and wonderful things). It's a think piece of an anthology, but also shockingly accessible—and sometimes just plain shocking. The kind of intimate, brutal truths best revealed through fiction.

Stay tuned for events across the country!

It’s My Country Too: True Stories of Women Under Fire from the American Revolution to Afghanistan  (University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, July 1, 2017)

Preorder now!
Women have been involved in warfighting since warfighting began. Yet our perspectives are largely absent from historical accounts, and certainly from the war literature canon. Enter editors Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow, who scoured the archivesfrom published memoirs to personal diaries, letters, and service documentsto compile what I like to call an encyclopedia of women's war stories. But don't let the word "encyclopedia" scare you away. These stories are anything but dry historical accounts; they're riveting first-person narratives, framed by era-specific context that speaks not just to women or the military, but to life and the world. This book is brilliant, necessary, and long-overdue.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Recommended Reading: Nontraditional War Stories

I have the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at the 2016 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference on the topic of Nontraditional War Stories. In the panel Qais Akbar Omar, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Mieke Eerkens, Mariette Katherine Kalinowski and I will explore military and war narratives that break from what has become the formula for mainstream war stories: those focused on western male combat soldiers. Our thought is that offering different perspectives—from men and women living in war zones, female veterans, aid workers, journalists, family members and others—will give voice to minority and disenfranchised (and often stereotyped) populations and expand public understanding of what it means to be affected by war.

Since we cannot hope to capture all perspectives in our panel of five, we've compiled a list of recommended reading, below. This list is not all-inclusive, but we hope to update it and add titles as we learn of them. At this point (with a couple exceptions), the books included only come from the last 10-15 years and focus on contemporary conflicts in the greater Middle East. Narratives about military spouses are not represented—that is an important and thriving sub-genre that would swell this list far beyond its current size. 

If you have a recommended read or resource on this topic, please share in the comments.

Abulhawa, Susan:  The Blue Between Sky and Water; Mornings in Jenin (fiction, Palestine, local voices)

Addario, Lynsey: It’s What I Do (memoir, war photographer)

Akbar Omar, Qais:  A Fort of Nine Towers (memoir, Afghanistan, local voices)

Alexander, Jessica:  Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid (memoir)

Alsanea, Rajaa:  Girls of Riyadh (reportage/biography, Saudi Arabia, local voices)

Ansary, Nina:  Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran (reportage, local voices)

Antoon, Sinan:  The Corpse Washer (fiction, Iraq, local voices)

Aslam, Nadeem:  The Wasted Vigil (fiction, Afghanistan, local voices)

Bahari, Maziar:  Rosewater (memoir, Iran)

Baker, Kim:  The Taliban Shuffle (memoir, Afghanistan/Pakistan, journalist) *Basis for the movie 
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Barghouti, Mourid:  I Saw Ramallah (memoir, Palestine, local voices)

Bell, Elana:  Eyes, Stones (poetry, Israel/Palistine)

Benedict, Helen:  The Lonely Soldier (reportage, female veterans)

Blair, Jane:  Hesitation Kills (memoir, Iraq, female veteran)

Blasim, Hassan:  The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq (fiction, local voices)

Bowden, Lisa and Shannon Cain (editors):  Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks from Vietnam to Iraq

Chayes, Sarah:  The Punishment of Virtue (reportage/memoir, Afghanistan, aid worker)

Clark, Peter (editor):  Emerging Arab Voices (fiction/anthology, local voices)

Copaken Kogan, Deborah:  Shutterbabe (memoir, Afghanistan/Zimbabwe/Romania/Russia/Haiti, photojournalist)

Crow, Tracey:  Eyes Right (memoir, female veteran)

Darwish, Mahmoud:  If I Were Another; Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (poetry, Palistine, local voices)

Douaihy, Jabbour:  Autumn Equinox; June Rain (fiction, Lebanon, local voices)

Duy, Nguyen:  Distant Road (poetry, Vietnam, local voices)

Ebadi, Shirin:  Iran Awakening; Until We Are Free (memoir, Iran, local voices)

Fathi, Nazila:  The Lonely War (memoir/reportage, Iran, local voices)

Gidali, Orit:  Twenty Girls to Envy Me: (poetry, Israel, local voices) *to be released July 2016

Gopal, Anand:  No Good Men Among the Living (reportage, Afghanistan, local voices)

Hamid, Mohsin:  The Reluctant Fundamentalist (fiction, Pakistan, local voices)

Halloran, Colin D:  Icarian flux (poetry, homefront, PTSD explored through persona and metaphor)
*Halloran’s first collection, Shortly Thereafter, addresses war more explicitly; several poems feature nontraditional perspectives (Full disclosure: Colin is my husband)

Hoffman, Cara:  Be Safe, I Love You (fiction, Iraq, female veteran)

Hosseini, Khaled:  The Kite Runner; A Thousand Splendid Suns; And the Mountains Echoed (fiction, Afghanistan, local voices)

Housden, Roger:  Saved by Beauty (memoir/travel writing, Iran)

Johnson, Shoshanna and ML Doyle:  I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen (memoir, Iraq, female veteran)

Jubber, Nicholas:  Drinking Arak Off An Ayatollah’s Beard (memoir/reportage, Iran/Afghanistan, local voices, travel writing)

Kachachi, Inaam:  American Granddaughter (fiction, Iraq, local voices)

Karimi-Hakkak, Ahmad and Nahid Mozaffari (editors): Strange Times, My Dear: The PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature (anthology, Iran, local voices)

Khadra, Yasmina:  The Swallows of Kabul (fiction, Afghanistan, local voices)

King Feuerman, Ruchama:  In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist (fiction, Israel, local voices)

MacFarquhar, Neil:  The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday (memoir/reportage)

Mahony, Phillip (editor):  From Both Sides Now: The Poetry of the Vietnam War and its Aftermath (Vietnam, local voices)

Majd, Hooman:  The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay (memoir/travel writing, Iran)

Mikhail, Dunya:  Fifteen Iraqi Poets (anthology, local voices)

Moaveni, Azadeh:  Lipstick Jihad (memoir, Iran, local voices)

Navai, Ramita:  City of Lies (biography/reportage, Iran, local voices)

Papernick, John:  The Ascent of Eli Israel and Other Stories (fiction, Israel, local voices)

Pari and Ahmad Aria: Washing the Dust From Our Hearts: Poetry & Prose from Writers of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Percy, Jennifer:  Demon Camp (reportage/memoir, Afghanistan/homefront, PTSD/inherited trauma

*As a journalist, Percy has also written extensively about conflict in many regions, from many nontraditional perspectives

Radnoti, Miklos:  Clouded Sky (poetry, Hungary/WWII concentration camp, local voices)

Richey, Frances:  The Warrior: A Mother’s Story of a Son at War (poetry, homefront)

Roy-Bhattacharya, Joydeep:  The Watch (fiction, Afghanistan, local voices)

Sabar, Ariel:  My Father’s Paradise (memoir, Iraq, local voices)

Sasson, Jean:  Mayada, Daughter of Iraq (biography, Iraq, local voices); American Chick in Saudi Arabia (memoir)

Schultz, Katey:  Flashes of War (short fiction)

Seierstad, Asne:  The Bookseller of Kabul (reportage/biography, Afghanistan, local voices)

Seraji, Mahbod:  Rooftops of Tehran (fiction, Iran, local voices)

Shavit, Ari:  My Promised Land (memoir/reportage, Israel/Palestine, local voices)

Shehadeh, Raja:  Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine (memoir, Palestine, local voices)

Strick van Linschoten, Alex and Felix Kuehn (editors):  Poetry of the Taliban (Afghanistan, local voices)

Sultan, Masuda:  My War at Home (memoir, Afghanistan, local voices)

Tolan, Sandy:  The Lemon Tree (biography/memoir, Israel/Palistine, local voices)

Trussoni, Danielle:  Falling Through the Earth (memoir, Vietnam, PTSD/inherited trauma)

Tzemach Lemmon, Gayle:  Ashley’s War (reportage, Afghanistan, female veterans); The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (local voices)

Various:  My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices

Wahab, Saima:  In My Father’s Country (memoir, Afghanistan, local voices)

Williams, Kayla: Love My Rifle More than You (memoir, Iraq, female veteran); Plenty of Time When We Get Home (memoir, Iraq/homefront, PTSD, caretaer)

Wolpe, Sholeh (translator/editor):  Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad; The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles

Other Resources:

For a comprehensive list of writing by female veterans throughout history, Navy Veteran/writer/editor Jerri Bell is compiling an extensive Bibliography on her website

For links to writing by and about military spouses (and other military and book-related themes) check out the Military Spouse Book Review

The Time Now blog, curated by retired Army colonel and literature professor Peter Molin, offers reviews and commentary on "The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in Art, Film, and Literature"