News & Events - Veteran's Writing Group

We Were There: Writing Your Military ExperiencesMembers of the Veteran's Writng Group at the Viet Nam war memorial in Washington DC

Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group on Thursdays at 7pm in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Due to such positive responses to this "One Book, One Middletown" program, the writing program has been extended. This series invites veterans to share their own stories in their own voices. All veterans, either active or retired, are encouraged to come and write their experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends.

Old Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer, former journalist and lawyer. Her books include Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family’s Letters and At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry.  Liz has taught college English and conducted a playwriting workshop. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Middletown Connecticut

Special Events

Reckless by Janet BarrettReaders and audiences are captivated by the story of Reckless, and author Janet Barrett will be at the Russell Library on Thursday, November 6th, to tell her story. Whether you’re a horse lover, a history and military buff, or simply someone who enjoys a good human interest story, you won’t want to miss this event. A small Korean pony, Reckless, was acquired by some U.S. Marines during the Korean War to haul ammo up steep hills to the front lines — and became the real-life warhorse of the Marine Fifth Regiment. It is an incredible account of a courageous equine and her buddies, forging a bond that enabled her to give so much more than anyone ever expected. She became a favorite. When there was not enough grass, the men fed her from their own rations. Reckless was partial to pancakes as well as an occasional beer served in an upside down helmet. When the fighting was fierce, the men covered her with their own flak jackets. Janet’s experiences as a horsewoman gave her a particular appreciation of the tight bond that developed between Reckless and her fellow Marines.

The Russell Library Veteran’s Writing Group: “We Were There,” is pleased to sponsor author Janet Barrett. Signed copies of They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse will be available for purchase.

In the News

Podcast interview with , the author of the book, They Called Her Reckless.  Janet Barrett was interviewed by John Harrer of Whoapodcast (


Middletown Press - September 30, 2014