The People

Monica Haller • Visual Artist

Monica Haller works on long-term collaborations with individuals and small groups, often using photography, video and writing. Her artistic practice is rooted in social justice concerns and attempts to mobilize information by amplifying the materials and technologies that her collaborators have turned to along the way. Drawing from the experiences of the individuals and communities with whom she works, Monica reactivates their personal histories, and in so doing, hopes to provoke critical dialogue around them and their larger social contexts. Monica has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, an MFA in Visual Studies and has received fellowships from foundations including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.

Matthew Rezac • Graphic Designer

Matthew Rezac is an independent art director and graphic designer working in Minneapolis, MN. His clients primarily include non-profit arts organizations and his work has received numerous distinctions including both the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and 365 Awards. As the graphic designer for the Veterans Book Project, Rezac developed the template for the books along with the design of the web site and various supporting materials. Previously he had collaborated with Monica Haller on the book Riley and his story. Compelled by Riley’s story, Rezac’s participation was originally motivated by the belief that revealing the first-hand effects of war is one of the most effective forms of protest. As the projects have developed—and the wars continue—that core concern remains: these stories are not in the news, or even in the collective consciousness of America. But, these stories need to be told and the Veterans Book Project is one of many ways to tell them.

Mark Fox • Software Developer

Mark Fox is a DJ. He mixes code, pixels, typography, ideas, and music in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA in Interactive Media. Mark developed the project’s bookmaking software. His interest in The Veterans Book Project lies in creating accessible software tools that empower novice users to create well-designed pathways for mass communication.

Coaching the Global Village

Through their national network of therapists and coaches, they help the Veterans Book Project choose a support counselor for each workshop.