New Program! Veteran Writers – Writing Our Way Home

Join us to honor Veteran authors, poets, and songwriters!

Hosted by Veterans Writing Project and The Memorial Day Writers’ Project

Veterans Writing Project is a non-profit organization that helps veterans, service members, and military family members gain the skills and confidence they need to tell their stories. We provide no cost creative writing and songwriting workshops and seminars around the country. We also publish the literary journal O-Dark-Thirty both online and in print.

The Memorial Day Writers’ Project is a creative venue for veterans and those who have been touched by war.


Calling Veteran authors (fiction & nonfiction), songwriters, and poets. Is there anyone out there who would like to participate in the Veteran Writers Program? Register for a vendor’s table and sell your books. Participate in an open mic opportunity whether you are registered or not. This is a chance to read from your work and display your books with other Veteran authors. Contact us at kensingtonbookfestival2020@gmail.com if you are interested or want more information. For table registration see “participant information”. 

Please pass this to others who may be interested. Thank you!


Readings & performances by…

More readings & performances coming soon!


Special Guests: Barbara Morris & Audrey EngdahlIn memory of Richard Morris, USA, author and songwriter


Special Guest: Ron Capps, author/singer/songwriter

Award winning songwriter and author Ron Capps will present original songs and short readings from his memoir Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years as part of a discussion of using the arts to help heal PSTD. Two performances, 12-12:30 and 3-3:30

Ron Capps is the founder, director, and curriculum developer of the VWP, Ron served 25 years in the Army and Army Reserve and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He is an award-winning writer and songwriter. His book, Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story  serves as the curriculum for VWP creative writing seminars and workshops. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, is published by Schaffner Press.


Richard Epstein, USA, poet

Richard Epstein is a long-time resident of the Washington, DC area. His poems have appeared in O-Dark ThirtyDerosIncomingPoeticaSchuylkill Valley Journal and The Federal Poets. Epstein hosts the Memorial Day Writers Project on the National Mall near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial twice a year (on Veterans Day and Memorial Day). He has been a featured reader at the U.S. Navy Memorial, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, the Kensington Bookstore Poetry Series and the Frederick Poetry Salon.


Jim Smith, USA, poet


Tom Glenn, NSA, author

Tom Glenn, who escaped under fire when Saigon fell in April 1975, will read from his novel, Last of the Annamese. The book tells of the final days of Vietnam and of those who survived and those who did not.


David Martin, USCG, author/poet


Maritza Rivera, USA, poet


Brenardo Taylor, USN, poet


Philip Padgett, USN, author


Tom Crowley, USA, author

Tom Crowely will read from his memoir Shrapnel Wounds: An Infantry Lieutenant’s Vietnam War Memoir.