Posts by Lissa Kiernan
Post Traumatic Press Book Launch for Sound Off: Warrior Writers NJ
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On November 16th, eleven of the 28 contributors met, along with family and friends, to launch Post Traumatic Press’s newest publication, Sound Off: Warrior Writers NJ, a collection of powerful poetry by veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the wars in Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. There was food, drink, comradeship, and a reading--all in the beautiful and green-designed Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation headquarters.  

Readers included the anthology’s editors, Jan Barry and Regina Mullen, as well as contributors Sarah Mess, Everett Cox, Ben Levine, Nancy Nygard, Joe Nygard, Jenny Pacanowski, James Yee, Dayl Wise and Walter Zimmerman. 

“Warrior Writers saved my life,” says Sarah Mess, a mother of two in Branchburg, NJ who served with a U.S. Army field hospital in the war in Somalia in 1993. . . “Coming home, I felt disconnected and invisible,” Sarah told students at a New Jersey middle school. “War doesn’t leave you—it haunts you, so this program eases the burden,” she said of Warrior Writers.

Lissa Kiernan
Post Traumatic Press Featured at Woodstock Public Library
Woodstock Library

Woodstock Library

On May 19,  eight authors from PTP read at the Poetry Barn's series "Third Fridays at the Woodstock Library. Post Traumatic Press authors included Leslie Gerber (Lies of the Poets and The Edge of Sleep), Susan Hoover (The Mathematics of Disengagement), Sharon Israel (Voice Lesson), Judith Kerman (Postcards from America), Alison Koffler (The Others and Animal Trance), Gretchen Primack (Kind), Walt Nygard (The Summer Joe Joined the Army), and Dayl Wise (Basic Load).

As one might expect from such a diverse line-up, the work was stimulating and thought-provoking. Afterwards, a lively open mic concluded the event. 

Lissa Kiernan