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Warrior Writers' 10 year Birthday Gathering in Philly
When: November 17-19
Where: various locations in Philadelphia, PA
What: We are ecstatic to be inviting our friends to celebrate with us Nov. 17-19 in Philadelphia. The major activities will be on Saturday afternoon and evening, Nov. 18. We are still adding events and details; below is what is set so far.
Register here.     Download flyer.
Friday Nov. 17, 6:30-8PM: Social Action Happy Hour (spontaneous poetry)
Friday Nov. 17, 8-10:15PM: Broken Stones play (includes intermission)
Attendees to these events will receive half-price tickets to that Nov. 17 performance (as available) and discounts on wine and beer.
Where: InterAct Theatre, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadelphia
What: Broken Stones:Based on an extremely true story. Fact: priceless artifacts were looted from The Baghdad Museum in 2003 during the Iraq War. Fact: A U.S. marine went in to investigate who was responsible. Everything else is open for interpretation. When a well-meaning veteran meets his ghostwriter, mythologies mix, truth is refashioned into click bait, and reality itself begins to shift. Kennedy’s world premiere is an intense, cinematic thriller that examines the appropriation of narrative and just what it means to print the legend.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 3-5PM: Warrior Writers poetry reading at PHLA (Philadelphia Assembled)
Where: Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia
What: Celebrate 10 years of dynamic and powerful veteran writers with us. The performance will be held at Philadelphia Assembled, an amazing project that speaks to sanctuary, futures, sovereignty, movement and reconstructions. We will be featuring some of our own Philly hometown favorites as well as friends from far away. This spectacular show is not to be missed.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 6-9PM: Birthday Celebration at Culture Works
Where: 1315 Walnut St. Suite 320
What: Join us for an enchanting evening featuring live drawing/painting, special musical acts, and offerings of wellness including acupuncture, massage, Reiki and more! There will also be book binding and art activities — as well as a silent auction including visual artwork, signed books, hand-made journals, acupuncture treatments, theatre tickets, and more. In addition, there will only be a couple of selected poems shared, based on attendee votes. This event is family friendly and food will be served but feel free to bring desserts and drinks.
Get your tickets now, sliding scale and special tickets available. No one turned away for lack of funds. Limited tickets available at the door. Veterans attend for free.
Sunday, Nov. 19, 9AM-4PM at Chamounix Mansion
Where: 3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131
What: Workshops, Wellness, Food, Reflections and more
9-10: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) with Lovella
9:30-10:30: Breakfast
11-11:45: Highlights and reflections on the past decade
12-12:45: Hopes and plans for the future
1-2: Writing workshop or yoga & meditation/breath work with BeardMan/Hipolito
2-3: Lunch
3-4: Writing workshop
4: Cleanup and depart

Art exhibit in InterAct Theatre Lobby
When: Oct. 26 - Nov. 19
Where: 302 S. Hicks Street @ The Drake
What: During the run of the play Broken Stones, Warrior Writers artwork occupies their lobby. Check it out before or after you see the play, or anytime they are open.

Warrior Writers Poetry Reading
When: Nov. 18, 3-5PM
Where: PHLA, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia
What: Celebrate 10 years of dynamic and powerful veteran writers with us. The performance will be held at Philadelphia Assembled, an amazing project that speaks to sanctuary, futures, sovereignty, movement and reconstructions. We will be featuring some of our Philly hometown favorites as well as friends from far away. This spectacular birthday show is not to be missed. If you haven't heard of Philadelphia Assembled, you certainly must check it out.

Thrive: Trauma-Informed Practice in Community-Engaged Art
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 9AM-2PM
Where: Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
What: Join arts and health professionals, students and community members in conversation at the intersection of trauma-informed practice and community-engaged art. Hear from Philadelphia arts organizations using trauma-informed approaches to promote wellness in various communities. Warrior Writers Director Lovella Calica will be a featured speaker.
Organized by Jefferson Humanities and Health as part of the annual Dr. Yoshihisa Asano Humanities and Health Series.
More information and Registration: Click here   Download Flyer

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Radio Silence, a hybrid documentary, variety show, and radio play, conceived by artist Michael Rakowitz, brings the Iraqi diaspora to the airwaves. The project kicked off Sunday, July 30 with a massive live broadcast on Independence Mall, the symbolic home of American democracy. The event featured stories about Iraqi culture, daily life, music, and food from refugees, interwoven with animal performers and newly invented superheroes, along with the experiences of Iraq war veterans from Warrior Writers, traditional Iraqi food and a tahkt ensemble. The experience continues with a 10-episode radio show, broadcast on WPPM PhillyCAM Radio 106.5 FM and community radio stations across the country in partnership with Prometheus Radio Project—and distributed nationwide through Public Radio Exchange (PRX). For a full schedule and to download episodes, visit
Photos and Recap     Video of performance     Photos from Warrior Writers/Mural Arts Radio Silence Workshop

Ongoing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. We’re also jumpstarting the New York City and Chicago workshops.

Facilitator Trainings
We're seeking funding and organizers to bring training sessions for new facilitators to the LA, Boston, Denver, Chicago, and the South as we work to create more opportunities for veterans to join our supportive and creative community. Please get in touch if you'd like to help out! Contact:

On-going Warrior Writer Events

Philadelphia Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Email for time and date of next workshop
Where: 1315 Walnut St. Suite 320, Center City, Philadelphia, PA
What: Monthly series of Warrior Writers writing workshops for veterans. All veterans are welcome no matter what branch they served in, what era, whether they served in combat or not. In addition, we accommodate people with all skill levels, including beginners. It is a safe space and we respect each other's differences. There will be a public performance of the writing/art created in the spring of 2018, participation in performance is completely voluntary. Workshops will take place monthly, Sept. 2017 – March 2018.
Cost: Free, all materials will be provided. A limited number of small travel or childcare stipends will be available for each workshop on a first come, first serve basis. Refreshments will be provided.
Contact: to sign up, get more information, or to request a travel/childcare stipend.

Boston Warrior Writers

Midnight Voices Spoken Word and Poetry Night
When: Third Thursday of every month at 7-9PM
Where: Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
What: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night with monthly featured reader. We are actively seeking featured readers for upcoming months.
Cost: Free
Contact: for date, time and place of next workshop
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NJ Warrior Writers

Warrior Writers New Jersey Workshop
Who: Veterans and family members
When: Second Thursday of every month, 7-10PM
Where: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Ave., 3rd Floor, Morristown, NJ
Cost: Free

NYC Warrior Writers

Contact: for information on next workshop.

#BeyondTheBBQ: Buy a Book for a Veteran in Memory of Lost Family Members or Friends
Consider commemorating your loved ones by supporting veterans that continue to struggle today. You can donate one of our anthologies to a veteran in the Warrior Writers community, in memory of someone you want to honor. Many veterans experience isolation, especially around Memorial Day. Help us remind our veterans that they are not alone, by offering them a book of art by veterans. The books remind them that there are hundreds of veterans interested in sharing experiences and community.
Inside the book cover it will say: In memory of the person you want to honor, from your name.
The cost is $30. Please make checks payable to Warrior Writers of Culture Trust, and send with name of honoree and donor to:
CultureTrust/Warrior Writers, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107
or you can donate online and send us an email at with the honoree and donor information.