In 2008, Tucson’s Kore Press published Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, a collection of first-person accounts from women who served in the U.S. military.
For the book’s editors, Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cain, that collection was only the start of an in-depth exploration of the impact that military service can have on women who choose to enlist.
The next step was a stage adaptation, resulting in the one-woman show called Coming in Hot, which was performed in 2009 and brought several of the stories from Powder to life on stage.
The latest effort from Kore Press to document the female military experience also involves a new generation of women. Called "The Listening Project", its purpose is to let high school-age volunteers interview and record the experiences of female veterans and service members.
Kore Press editor Lisa Bowden says she hopes that this process will inspire communication, and provide a chance for the younger participants to reflect upon their own experiences as they listen closely to the stories of their elders.