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Veteran Artist Program

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Michael Brown is a former Marine Corps Ground Intelligence Officer. Inspired by the importance of storytelling to culture, he left the military in 2012 to become a filmmaker. In 2015 he co-founded Tomahawk Pictures. Caleb Wells is an actor and
Dario DiBattista is the editor of the anthology Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan. His work has appeared in the Washingtonian, the New York Times, theWashington Post, the Guardian, Connecticut Review, [Pank], Mic.com
Miranda Summers Lowe has been in the Army National Guard since 2002. She is a Modern Military History Curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Miranda has had deployments to Iraq and Djibouti. She served on the team tha
Kena Dillon is an artist and Navy veteran from Colorado, with her BFA from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP program. Her work consists of paintings done in oil or acrylic, as well as woodworking and welding to create her abstract sculptures.
Mark Johnston is the Chairman and Director of the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum. Mark graduated from RMC Duntroon into the Australian Intelligence Corps. He served in Bougainville before moving to Melbourne on discharge. Mark is a ma
TERESA FAZIO was a Marine Corps communications officer from 2002-2006, deploying once to Iraq. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Task and Purpose, The War Horse, Consequence, and Penthouse, and several antholo
Mike Dowling is an author, producer, & veteran advocate. Mike worked with production teams on VA campaigns, produced digital content at We Are The Mighty, and has worked on camera in various projects (commercials, films). Mike is also the co-fo
Air Force veteran Stacy L. Pearsall is an independent photographer, author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. BR McDonald and Stacy Pearsall discuss both transitioning into and out of th
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 ve
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, essay
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, interrog
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 unv
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 Th
Matt Gallagher is the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor 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 Opera
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.
James Connolly has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, VH1, Comics Unleashed, hosted “Live From Here” on XM Radio and recently recorded a “Blue Collar Radio Comedy Concert”. He is also one of the most played comedians on the Sirius XM Comedy Chann
Alex Mallory is a theatrical director and producer in New York. She recently directed "Dijla Wal Furat" by Marine Veteran Maurice Decaul, and her production of Takeo Rivera’s "Goliath" has been performed for veterans and civilians across the co
Jason Everman is a musician who played with Nirvana and Soundgarden only to end up in an elite Special operations unit. Jason is a combat veteran, and recent graduate of Columbia University, earning a degree in philosophy. I love this interview
Madison Rising strives to create music with meaning; songs that are about something: our military, sacrifice, freedom, liberty, gratitude, and living the American dream. Lead Singer Dave Bray was a Recruit Chief Petty Officer in basic training,
Bill O’Brien joined the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006 as Director of Theater. Since then, he has served as a Deputy Chairman of Grants and Awards and currently serves as the Senior Innovation Advisor to the Chairman. Bill has acted on
Maria Sam Moeller served on a Cultural Support Team that was recently highlighted in the book “Ashley’s War”. Sam currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA, pursing her BFA in drawing and design. Sam and I talk about what it’s like to go through se
Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of North of Hope; A Daughter’s Arctic Journey. She served for eight years in the U.S. Army as an attack aviation officer and was one of the first women to fly the Apache attack helicopter. I found out in thi
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