A War Writer Portrait Gallery

War is a grim subject, and war writing comes from painful and angry places, but all my opportunities to meet and converse with modern war writers in person have been fun, laugh-filled events that defy super-seriousness. Below is some of the “ocular proof,” as Othello put it. Only Hassan Blasim seems able to resist what must be an American impulse to smile for the camera, but I can attest that in conversation Blasim doesn’t miss many chances to put things in humorous perspective. Thanks for the good writing so far, everyone, and to more good times and more great writing to come.

Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim

Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch

Siobhan Fallon

Siobhan Fallon

Elyse Fenton

Elyse Fenton

Phil Klay

Brandon Willitts

Brandon Willitts

Maurice Decaul and Alex Mallory

Maurice Decaul and Alex Mallory

Colin and Lauren Halloran

Colin and Lauren Halloran

Mariette Kalinowski and Siobhan Fallon

Mariette Kalinowski and Siobhan Fallon

Siobhan Fallon and Andria Williams

Siobhan Fallon and Andria Williams

Phil Klay and Hassan Blasim

Phil Klay and Hassan Blasim

Brian Turner and Benjamin Busch

Brian Turner and Benjamin Busch

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Phil Klay, and Roy Scranton

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Phil Klay, and Roy Scranton

Matt Gallagher, Andrew Slater, and Fred Marchant

Matt Gallagher, Andrew Slater, and Fred Marchant

Brian Turner, Elyse Fenton, and xxxx.

Brian Turner, Elyse Fenton, and Jeremy Stainthorp-Berggren

Adrian Bonenberger, Roxana Robinson, David Abrams, and Matt Gallagher

Adrian Bonenberger, Roxana Robinson, David Abrams, and Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher, Siobhan Fallon, Brandon Willitts, and Mariette Kalinowski

Matt Gallagher, Siobhan Fallon, Brandon Willitts, and Mariette Kalinowski

Ron Capps, Kayla Williams, Colin Halloran, me.

Ron Capps, Kayla Williams, Colin Halloran, me

Brandon Willitts, Masha Hamilton, Phil Klay, and Maxwell Neely-Cohen

Brandon Willitts, Masha Hamilton, Phil Klay, and Maxwell Neely-Cohen

Brandon Willitts, Matt Gallagher, me, Teresa Fazio,   and Paul Wolfe

Brandon Willitts, Matt Gallagher, me, Teresa Fazio, and Paul Wolfe. Photo by Kelly Shetron, used by permission of Words After War.

Matt Gallagher, Brian Turner, the performance poet Rives, and a few happy fans

Brian Turner, Matt Gallagher, the performance poet Rives, and a few of their fans

A whole bunch of us

Nathan Bethea, Eric Nelson, Adrian Bonenberger, Brandon Willitts, Mariette Kalinowski, Vic Zlatanovic, Lisbeth Prifogle, me, Jacob Sotak

Brian Turner, Benjamin Busch, Siobhan Fallon, and Adrienne de la Feunte, Joanna Priwieziencew, Roman Baca, Chloe Slade, and Paige Grimard of Exit 12 Dance Companyt 12

Brian Turner, Benjamin Busch, and Siobhan Fallon, along with Adrienne de la Feunte, Joanna Priwieziencew, Roman Baca, Chloe Slade, and Paige Grimard of Exit 12 dance company

All photos taken by me, my wife Sang Hui, or with our cameras, with one exception:  the picture of Brandon Willitts, Matt Gallagher, Teresa Fazio, and Paul Wolfe.  This picture I downloaded from the Words After War Facebook page and somehow filed in our personal gallery.  My intent was to use only pictures that we had taken, but it is too good not to include.

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3 Comments on “A War Writer Portrait Gallery”

  1. andria816 Says:

    What great people!! There’s something special about that pic of you, Brandon, Matt, Teresa and Paul. It looks like your album cover.

  2. Peter Molin Says:

    Andria, Sang Hui just reminded me that that’s a Words After War picture, not one of our own, so I have to give credit where credit is due. I agree it’s a good picture–I love group photos in which everyone’s countenance is united in purpose and attitude. There’s actually a few too many pictures of Brandon, Matt, and myself on the post, but I definitely wanted to include Teresa and Paul in the gallery.

    • Peter Molin Says:

      The photographer was Kelly Shetron, and Words After War has given me permission to keep it up.


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