Writers Read Presents Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County

November 13, 2018

reading from

Listen up! Things I Learned from the Military

and Away for the Holidays

followed by a panel discussion


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Preceded by open mic for original poetry and prose

Date: Tuesday, November 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook



The Veterans' Writing Group of San Diego County is a group of military veterans who meet monthly in North County to share their lives and stories. "Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always ringing true."
Join them at Writers Read, laughing, crying and reliving their experiences as they read from their two published collections, Listen Up! Things I learned from the Military (2018) and Away For The Holidays (2016).
Writers reading tonight are:

Joseph Ashby enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 during the Korean War, and retired with nearly 30 years of service. Since then, he has had careers in communications marketing, product management, firefighting, and over 20 years in training management with FEMA.

Vernita Black retired after serving 21 years in the U.S. Navy, including in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. She has two poetry collections, An Inspiration of Life and Life’s Reflections: A Collection of Poems—Serenity, Peace and Faith.

Tom Calabrese is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who saw combat in Vietnam 1969 – 1970. A prolific screenwriter and action/adventure fiction writer, he is the author of the novel Some of the Best, which is available on Amazon. His short stories can be read in thevistapress.com.

Glen Foss served as a junior naval officer from 1966 – 1970 during the Vietnam conflict. He has taught oceanography and geology courses at local community colleges, and currently does freelance editing. He writes mostly fiction—for entertainment and “mental calisthenics.”

Shara French served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a gunnery sergeant. After retirement, Shara pursued higher education, culminating in an MA in Literature and Writing Studies from California State University San Marcos in 2017.

Garry G. Garretson received his Air Crew Wings and other air medals serving in the U.S. Navy from 1965 – 1969 as a second-class petty officer. He flew transportation and early warning flights in support of fleet units in the Gulf of Tonkin and Southeast Asia from 1967 – 1969.

Lawrence J. Klumas enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January 1961 and retired from continuous active duty in August 1987 as a colonel. He has been writing since the 1950s. Recent poems have been published in Jerry Jazz Musician and in the Episcopal Diocese Messenger.

Captain Ron Pickett is a retired naval aviator with over 250 combat missions and 500 carrier landings. He enjoys writing fiction and has published five books: Perfect Crimes – I Got Away with It, Discovering Roots, Getting Published, EMPATHS, and Sixty Odd Short Stories.

Danté Puccetti enlisted in the U.S. Army and became an artillery surveyor. He was stationed in Vietnam at the HHB, 4th Division Artillery at Camp Enari, Pleiku, from June 1968 – March 1969. An excerpt his memoir was published in Exiting Vietnam, by Michael Eggleston.

Colonel Joseph D. Snyder retired from the Marine Corps after 25 years. As a helicopter combat pilot, Joe flew 1,200 missions in Vietnam, 1968-1969, and was awarded 60 air medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is the co-author of the book Operation Dewey Canyon, released in 2016.

Stacey Thompson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17.  She volunteered for her first overseas duty station to Okinawa, Japan in 1999.  Over a decade later Stacey became a public advocate for survivors of military sexual assault. Although a disabled veteran herself, Stacey is also her husband’s fulltime caregiver.

Leif K. Thorsten served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 – 1993, including service in the Vietnam War, 1969 – 1970. He was an enlisted man for 13 years and an officer for 12. He resides in Oceanside, CA, where he enjoys building scale models, artwork, and, of course, writing.

Charlie Wyatt served in the U. S. Navy 1963 – 1967 and was deployed to Vietnam for a year as skipper of a Swift Boat. He has had a lifelong love for books and writing and ran a used bookstore for more than 20 years. He helped found and still participates in two writer’s groups, and has had several stories published in various periodicals.

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the authors, and the group's books will be available for sale and signing.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.

NOTE: There is no December 2018 reading—give the gift of a book!—so we'll see you Tuesday, January 8th for the first Writers Read of 2019.