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CONSEQUENCE contributor and supporter Bob Shacochis won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In an interview with Ron Charles of the Washington Post, Shacochis asks, “How could I grow up where I did, and when I did, and not become a writer obsessed by the dynamics of politics and power and, ultimately, peace, after being an eyewitness to such a continuous waste of the nation’s treasure and blood, and our soul as a nation outcast into a wilderness of fear?” The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, “inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace.”


Lea Carpenter's latest story has been published by The Daily Beast in a new series featuring short stories and works of fiction. Author of Eleven Days, and a CONSEQUENCE panelist in April of 2014, Lea will moderate the magazine's November panel in NYC. Click here to read Lea's story.

 

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CONSEQUENCE Magazine and Words After War present:

Tip of the Spear: A Discussion on the Evolution of Special Operations, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Operations in the Media and Literature

Hosted by Adelphi University's English Department and Collaboration Project: Adelphi University's Manhattan Center, 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

A reception will follow the event, and books will be on sale courtesy of Word Bookstores.

Moderated by Lea Carpenter. Panelists: Elliot Ackerman, Tony Schwalm, Bob Shacochis.

For much of the past 50 years, the special operations and intelligence communities have operated largely in the shadows, a closed fraternity of highly trained individuals all working to complete their missions in absolute secrecy. And yet, over the past few years, for a number of complex reasons – including the dynamic nature of the Global War on Terror and the growing use of social networks worldwide – these communities are beginning to emerge from the shadows. Please join us for a moderated discussion on the evolution of this secretive world, including some of the myths and misunderstandings that surround it, along with the growing need for writers and journalists to engage with the changing nature of war and conflict around the globe.

Panelists:

Elliot Ackerman, a former CIA Paramilitary Officer and Marine Corps Special Operations Officer, is a novelist and essayist based out of Istanbul whose current work focuses on Syria's civil war, and the rise of the Islamic State. His novel Green on Blue is forthcoming from Scribner and his fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, and Ecotone among others. He served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. Ackerman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Tony Schwalm, author of The Guerrilla Factory, is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Special Forces. Prior to joining Special Forces, as a tank company commander in Operation Desert Storm, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, he served with U.S. Special Operations Command and served as a government civilian leading a team of social scientists assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan providing socio-cultural analysis to Special Operations Forces deployed in that war-torn country.

Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and winner of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction, is a novelist, essayist, journalist and educator. His work has received a National Book Award for First Fiction, the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. The Woman Who Lost Her Soul was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Immaculate Invasion, about the 1994 military intervention in Haiti, was a finalist for the New Yorker Magazine Literary Awards for best non-fiction book of the year, and named a Notable Book of 1999 by the New York Times. Shacochis’ op-ed commentaries on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Moderator:

Lea Carpenter’s novel, Eleven Days (Knopf, June 2013), tells the history of America’s special operations forces through the story of an officer who goes missing while on a mission the same night as the bin Laden raid, 2nd May 2011, and of the changed course of the officer’s mother’s life. The novel was short-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and long-listed for the Bailey's Prize for Fiction. Carpenter was a founding editor at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope, and Deputy Publisher of The Paris Review. She has A.B. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard. She is working on her second book, set in the Intelligence Community.

CONSEQUENCE First Annual Fiction Contest

CONSEQUENCE magazine is pleased to announce our FIRST ANNUAL FICTION CONTEST. Submissions will be accepted August 15 – October 31, 2014. Our judge is Anne Germanacos, author of Tribute and In the Time of the Girls. Regular submissions close October 1, 2014. Send us your work! 

CONSEQUENCE Volume 6 Release and Panel Discussion

On April 22, 2014 CONSEQUENCE hosted a panel discussion: The Personal and the Political: American Culture and Militarism featuring panelists BOB SHACOCHIS,
LEA CARPENTER,
AND TONY SCHWALM.

Since 9/11 less than one percent of Americans bear the burden of our nation’s wars.  An all-volunteer force means we are insulated from the stress of military life and protected from the risks of the physical and psychological wounds of war.  What are the benefits to citizens and what are the potential dangers to society that this policy presents?  What does the cultural gap between civilians and professional soldiers mean for our country now and in the years to come?  These questions are rarely posed in public discourse or analyzed by the media whose default position promotes an almost mythical image of our armed forces.   

 Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and The Immaculate InvasionTony Schwalm, author of The Guerrilla Factory: The Making of Special Forces Officers, The Green Berets, and Lea Carpenter, author of Eleven Days.

 

CONSEQUENCE AWP 2013 Panel - Watch the video!

 

On March 8, 2013, CONSEQUENCE held a panel at the AWP Conference in Boston: What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About War. Writers Bob Shacochis, Sioban Fallon, Laura Harrington, Cat Parnell and CONSEQUENCE Editor George Kovach spoke on the issue of writing about war. When writers address the subject of war they face tough choices about what material to include and how to give voice to the unspeakable. The writer’s job, then, is to examine what drives nations into war and terrorism and to focus on atrocities that are ignored or under-reported. This panel will discuss the roles that research, experience and reportage play. It will ask how the choice of genre impacts the topic of war, and what literature can achieve that journalism cannot.

 


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The 2013 CONSEQUENCE
Prize in Poetry
The 2013 CONSEQUENCE Prize in Poetry selected by Brian Turner has been awarded to William Snyder for his poem "They Give Me Money Near Karbala." The Finalists were Heather Bell, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and Aubrey Ryan. Congratulations to all!