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What It’s All About

Step inside a miniature world of carefully curated work that wrestles with the consequences of war and geopolitical violence.

From struggling with the guilt of fleeing a war-torn home to unexpectedly finding family and love in a foreign country…

Each piece of prose, poetry, and visual art engages with and investigates the entangled consequences of conflict in unanticipated and unforgettable ways.

A Few Things You’ll Find Inside

  • Twenty-five original poems from across the globe, with origins as diverse as Nigeria, India, and Taiwan.

  • A collection of fake political stamps created as acts of subversion, all part of a US Post Office file that monitored the artist’s activities.

  • Five translations of various international authors’ work, including Octavio Escobar Giraldo’s Every Dark Grave and Lisette Lombé’s Black Words.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Consequence serves as a vital avenue of expression for those who’ve borne witness to the reality and repercussions of war. It provides a safe and open space for engaging in the necessary dialogue on what it means to serve, while promoting acceptance, understanding, and healing for a community that is often marginalized in society.”

J.A. Moad, Jr., former Air Force C-130 pilot with over 3,000 flight hours and more thatn 100 combat stories, Assistant Professor of English at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and playwright

“It’s not that the work of Consequence is vital — in an America mired in a forever foreign war, that’s self-evident. It’s the the work of Consequence is excellent, consistently piercing and true, devoted to hard reckoning and hard peace and writers who believe in both.”

Matt Gallagher, former U.S. Army captain and Veteran of the Iraq War

Consequence offers a space for Veterans to create, read, and submit art reflecting their diverse wartime experiences. By publishing material from all perspectives on our recent wars—not just that of the stereotypical American infantry soldier—Consequence also broadens the war lit canon, creating space for empathy and healing.”

Teresa Fazio, served in the United States Marine Corps, including a deployment to Iraq

“The act of healing from traumas suffered through the course of service—in and out of combat—is one that has no panacea, however, the literary arts have  the power to reveal an emotionality from which our community has suffered. Consequence’s commitment to  the literary project of engaging with and discovering new ways of seeing and moving through the world while holding those traumas is an essential part to truly honoring the service of military families and service members.”

Drew Pham, Army Veteran deployed to Afghanistan with 10th Mountain Division

How You Contribute to Our Mission

You’re not just buying a journal from Consequence, you’re participating in key efforts:

  • Reaching and providing a platform to underrepresented communities such as Vets who are part of the BIPOC or LGBTQ+ communities.

  • Giving voice to lesser-known conflicts and geopolitical issues from around the globe.

  • Helping us continue our public-facing events and our immersive creative and professional workshops.

FAQs

What kind of work does Consequence publish?

We publish literary prose and poetry and compelling visual art that in some manner addresses the consequences of war or geopolitical violence. Since there are infinite experiences and realities related to these consequences, the ways our authors address them take many forms, some of which are quite unexpected and often surprise readers.

Is the work primarily by Veterans?

No. We do publish work by Vets, but as long as the work addresses our themes and is of high artistic merit, it has the potential to be published. For example, we also publish numerous works written by witnesses to, and victims of, various geopolitical conflicts.

Why would anyone want to read about the consequences of war? Isn’t that just asking to be upset?

While many of the pieces have darker tones, not all of them do. The writers and artists we publish are skilled and earnest, so there are complexities and textures to these realities and experiences. Authors often discover liberation and hope—and sometimes even a dash of unanticipated humor—while crafting their works. These sentiments are palpable for readers as well.

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