Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective hosts Teresa Fazio

April 4 – 5, 2019

A residency on the campus of Appalachian State University exploring the importance of women’s voices regarding military service, and especially the experiences of women combat veterans.

Teresa Fazio was a Marine Corps communications officer from 2002 – 2006, who deployed once to Iraq. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy, Task and Purpose, among other outlets. She has contributed to the anthologies “The Road Ahead,” “Retire the Colors,” and “It’s My Country, Too.” Her awards include a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize, the Sven Birkerts Nonfiction Prize, and a residency at Yaddo. Fazio earned a BS in physics from MIT, a PhD in materials science from Columbia University, and an MFA in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New York City.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Public Reading
7:30 p.m.
421 Belk Library and Information Commons
Fazio will offer a public reading of her work, accompanied by a question and answer session. A reception will follow, and Appalachian State University’s Scholars Bookshop will be on hand to sell the anthology, “The Road Ahead.” Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Writing Workshop
4 – 7 p.m.
421 Belk Library and Information Commons
Fazio will teach a writing workshop for all interested writers. Refreshment will be available. Free and open to the public.


Works by Teresa Fazio appear in the following anthologies:

The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War
The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War

Edited by Adrian Bonenberger and Brian Castner

A decade has passed since boots first hit the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the war has not ended—only changed. Twenty-five diverse veteran voices reflect the changing face of combat and reflect the haunting realities and truths only fiction can reveal.

These masterfully crafted stories from writers who have served reflect the entire breadth of human emotion—loss, anger, joy, love, fear, and courage—and the evolving nature of what has become America’s “Forever War.” From debut writers to experienced contributors whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, this exceptional collection promises to be the definitive fictional look at the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and will resonate with the reader long after the final page. Including stories by: Elliot Ackerman, Benjamin Busch, Brandon Caro, Maurice Decaul, Teresa Fazio, Thomas Gibbons Neff, Aaron Gwyn, Alex Horton, Matt Robinson, Kristen L. Rouse, Chris Wolfe, Kayla M. Williams, Brandon Willitts, and many others.

Available from Pegasus Books

Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan
Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan

Edited by Dario DiBattista

The impact of war, and the complex aftereffect it has on both veterans and civilians, is—for myriad reasons—largely invisible to the public. Media may create news cycles around horrors or stereotypes, but the effort required to redefine and sustain “normal” lives after war stays below the surface and out of sight.

In “Retire the Colors,” nineteen thought-provoking stories by veterans and civilians consider the residual effects of Iraq and Afghanistan. A pacifist describes her decision to accompany her husband, an Iraq veteran, to the shooting range. A hospital worker in Mosul talks about what happens on a hunting trip back home with his grandfather. Two friends—one civilian one veteran—complete an ultramarathon together. The wife of a combat medic considers their unusual nighttime routines. A mother and former 50 cal gunner navigates truth and lies with her children.

These stories offer a grace uncommon in war literature today. They also make an appeal to readers: to witness with compassion the men and women who—because of war—possess the strength to show us what it means to be fully human.

Contributors include: Tahani Alsandook, Joseph R. Bawden, Brian Castner, David Chrisinger, David P. Ervin, Teresa Fazio, CH Guise, Colin D. Halloran, Lauren Kay Halloran, Matthew J. Hefti, Brooke King, Randy Leonard, Eva KL Miller, Stewart Moss, Caitlin Pendola, Mark Solheim, Richard Allen Smith, Christopher Stowe and Melissa Walker.

Available from Hudson Whitman Press

It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan
It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan

Edited by Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow
Foreword by Kayla Williams

This inspiring anthology is the first to convey the rich experiences and contributions of women in the American military in their own words—from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East.

Serving with the Union Army during the Civil War as a nurse, scout, spy, and soldier, Harriet Tubman tells what it was like to be the first American woman to lead a raid against an enemy, freeing some 750 slaves. Busting gender stereotypes, Josette Dermody Wingo enlisted as a gunner’s mate in the navy in World War II to teach sailors to fire Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns. Marine Barbara Dulinsky recalls serving under fire in Saigon during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and Brooke King describes the aftermath of her experiences outside the wire with the army in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In excerpts from their diaries, letters, oral histories, and pension depositions—as well as from published and unpublished memoirs—generations of women reveal why and how they chose to serve their country, often breaking with social norms, even at great personal peril.

Available from Potomac Books


Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. We recommend the College Street Parking Deck. Follow the walkway from the first floor of the deck to enter the library, then take the elevator to the 4th floor. More information and maps