Consequence Magazine celebrates its 10th year with an issue of all women contributors and a panel discussion:
Women’s Voices in War Narratives
In journalistic and literary work on the subject of war, writers who are women or who identify as women are often marginalized and underrepresented. Exposing their lack of visibility and peeling back the layers of privilege is the goal of Consequence Magazine’s 10th Anniversary issue devoted to work by women writers. This panel of four esteemed writers, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Lauren Kay Halloran, Lee Sharkey, and Alisa Sopova, will discuss their writing on the culture and consequences of war, and how they see their work in the context of contemporary war narratives.
ALISA SOPOVA was the first Nieman fellow from Ukraine. She is a former producer and reporter for The New York Times in Ukraine focusing on the coverage of the armed conflict in the East of the country as well as national politics and social issues. Born in Donetsk, she faced the challenge of covering conflict in her own city. Before the war started in 2014, she worked as a journalist and news editor for Donbass the largest newspaper and news website in the Donetsk region of Ukraine which has now turned to a breakaway republic. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard.
LAUREN KAY HALLORAN is a former Air Force public affairs officer and Afghanistan War veteran. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Glamour, Pleiades, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, and several anthologies. Lauren’s in-progress memoir chronicles her coming-of-age against the backdrop of war—beginning with her mother’s Army career and deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm when Lauren was seven years old and later with her own service.
LEE SHARKEY is the author of Walking Backwards (Tupelo, 2016), Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. A frequent contributor to Consequence,her poetry has also appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and other journals. Her recognitions include the Ballymaloe Poetry Prize, the RHINO Editors’ Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Prize, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
OLIVIA KATE CERRONE’s Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Crab Orchard Review’s Jack Dyer Fiction Prize. Her historical novella, The Hunger Saint, was published in 2017 by Bordighera Press. She is at work on a novel called DISPLACED. Her fiction, essays, reviews and author interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Psychology Today, Publishers Weekly, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post, New South, the Berkeley Fiction Review, The MacGuffin, War, Literature & the Arts, Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere.
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