Columbia Journalism School


NAMI honors Prof. Helen Benedict's 'The Lonely Soldier'

February 11, 2010


"The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq" by Prof. Helen Benedict, a novelist and journalist specializing in the Iraq war and women's issues, has been recognized by the Nation Alliance of Mental Illness. Benedict is the recipient of a Ken Book Award from NAMI for the work of non-fiction, which explores war, misogyny, class, race, homophobia and post-traumatic stress disorder through the stories of five women who served in Iraq.

The awards ceremony, held at the Yale Club in May, will honor six books published in 2009 that have contributed to the public's understanding of mental illness.

Over the past year, Benedict has published 12 articles about women soldiers and the Iraq War, including an Op-Ed in The New York Times, pieces on BBC and The Nation Web sites, and articles in Ms., In These Times, Columbia, and elsewhere. Her play, "The Lonely Soldier Monologues," was produced in March 2009 at a New York City theater, and twice more in September 2009.

Benedict's new novel, "Sand Queen,"about a female soldier and an Iraqi woman whose lives become entangled in the Iraq War, will be published in 2011.

Listen to Benedict discuss "The Lonely Soldier" on BlogTalkRadio.

To learn more about Benedict's work, visit Links to her published articles can be found on her faculty bio.

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