Alumnus, veteran & professor to read from his new book, Icarian Flux
On Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m., Fairfield University’s Inspired Writer Series proudly welcomes alumnus Colin D. Halloran ‘12 a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan and internationally published poet, essayist and artist. Held at the Fairfield University downtown bookstore, Halloran will read from his brand new publication Icarian Flux, a follow-up collection to his debut award-winning 2012 memoir-in-verse, Shortly Thereafter.
Icarian Flux picks up where Shortly Thereafter left off, exploring his post-military life with PTSD. However, Icarian Flux leaves behind the direct narrative non-fiction style. Relying on experimental narration and form, metaphor, and, most prominently, persona, Halloran delves into the highs and lows of a changed worldview and understanding of the self.
The 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award was given to Halloran for his highly personal debut collection, Shortly Thereafter, in which he aimed to "put a human face on the events that happened and get to the emotional core of the war."
Halloran began writing poetry when he was very young, but became serious about it in 2008 when his grandfather became terminally ill. Two hours before his grandfather died, Halloran ripped the back page out of a book and started to write. Two days later, when he was writing the eulogy, he found the paper again and realized he'd written a poem. "That's when I realized poetry was going to be my way of facing all of the experiences I had been through," he said.
Today, Halloran holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, where he now teaches. "Colin is a wonderful poet who plans on using his experience in war to shine a bright light on the traumatic experience of the modern solider," said Michael White, Ph.D., Program Director of Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing and six-time novelist.
"I came into the program a wounded warrior trying to find himself with nothing but a handful of poems to serve as a road map," said Halloran, crediting the FMA program with helping him turn his experiences into powerful poetry. "In the end I found more than myself. I found my voice. I found understanding. I found forgiveness. And perhaps more importantly, I found a community of likeminded individuals, who, in spite of not having been in combat themselves, sought to understand and support and heal along with me through my writing and their own."
This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the MFA in Creative Writing.