Welcome to the official web site of Alivia Tagliaferri.
Alivia is the author of Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home (November, 2009). Formerly titled 'Still the Monkey, What Happens to Warriors after War,' Tagliaferri's debut novel is receiving recognition from the veteran, miiltary and mental health communities for its stirring and non-biased portrayal of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the long-range affects this mind injury has on the psyche of self and family.
She is the producer and director of Beyond the Wall: Homeless Zone, a short documentary exploring the issue of homelessness among veterans. It was co-produced by Nancy E. Mantelli, a film and video educator. The film first premiered at the Woodrow Wilson Center in November 2008, and again at the 2010 GI FILM FESTIVAL.
An entrepreneur, Alivia founded Ironcutter Media, LLC in 2006. Initially a boutique publishing house, Ironcutter is now a publishing and production platform for people with passion. One of her great joys is helping other artists tell their stories.
Engaged in charity and civic events in the Washington, DC region, Alivia is the producer of the Congressional Football Game for Charity, Advisory Board Member of JAKA Consulting Group, and volunteers time hosting literary discussions and workshops at high schools, churches, shelters and the USO-Metro Care Lounge (Dulles Airport, VA.)
Understanding the power of good guidance, she enjoys being a professional mentor for Nancy Mantelli's Professional TV Production class at West Potomac Academy in Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County Public School District).
"...At its best in conveying what we clinicians refer to as “survival guilt,” a short cut term that can barely begin to describe the aftermath of the combination of intense and almost sacred bonds formed during combat with the brutal loss of those so uniquely loved.
Although as civilians we will never fully understand what it is like to live through and beyond combat, this important book will help us to appreciate the living consequences of those who have."
- M. Tracie Shea, Ph.D. | Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Brown Univeristy
One of the Year's Best! (2007)
- NAMI | National Alliance on Mental Illness
A poignant and powerful novel...
- James A. Cox | Midwest Book Review