Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home
When: Sept. 26-Oct. 15, Check website for times and prices.
Where: The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, New York, NY
What: This play by Warrior Writers participant, J.A. Moad ll, runs from September 26 - October 15, at. The play is accompanied by Veteran Voices 2017: a gallery opening featuring veteran art, complete with live music, theater performances, and special readings by Warrior Writers participants on October 4, 8, 9, 13, and 15.
Cost: Veterans may enjoy 40% off their ticket price with code "VETERAN15"
More Info: Learn more about Outside Paducah and Veteran Voices on Poetic Theater Productions' website, as well as on Facebook.

Combat Paper Demos & Workshop
When: Oct 12, Dialogue + Studio, 2-5PM and Oct 13, Bookbinding, 1-4PM
Where: American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, NYC
What: Warrior Writers’ sister project, Combat Paper is an artist collective that transforms military uniforms into handmade paper. Join Ithaca-based veteran artist Nathan Lewis as he demonstrates how to transform uniforms into pulp, while discussing the myriad ways that textiles carry stories. On day two, Nathan offers a bookbinding workshop with handmade paper created from military uniforms. Participants will learn two styles of bookbinding, as well as explore the relationship between Combat Paper’s work and objects on view in the War and Pieced exhibition. Limited spots available.
More Info: Find out more about these events on the American Folk Museum's website, as well as on Facebook.

Warrior Writers Workshop: The Art of Poetry, Part II
When: Wednesday, October 18, 6-8PM
Where: Suffolk University, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
What: The Suffolk University Poetry Center is hosting Warrior Writers for a series of workshops on the art of poetry this fall. These monthly generative writing workshops are designed for veterans to record memories and stories from their time service and/or at war. Of course, attendees are welcome to write about anything. If you have never served in the military or experienced warfare, you're also welcome to come. The series will culminate with a public performance. Stay tuned for details.
Cost: Free
Contact: Please RSVP to receive directions to the space and to be added to the attendee list.
Contact Caleb Nelson at boston@warriorwriters.org.

Midnight Voices Spoken Word & Poetry Night
When: Oct. 19, 7-9PM
Where: Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138
What: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night with monthly featured reader.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org for date, time and place of next workshop
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Iraqi Songs in Color Art Exhibit
When: Oct. 22, 4-6PM
Where: 735 S. 50th St., Philadelphia
What: This is a family friendly collaboration between Warrior Writers and the Philadelphia Folklore Project. Join us as we enjoy and celebrate Mayada Alhumssi’s beautiful paintings in the exhibit. During the reception, we will enjoy Iraqi refreshments and listen to Iraqi music. We also invite you to learn a bit about Arabic writing as our Iraqi friends show us how to write our names.
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Philadelphia Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Tuesday, October 24 at 6 PM - 8 PM
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. A limited number of small travel and/or childcare stipends will be available for each workshop on a first come, first serve basis, lovella@warriorwriters.org for details.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org for more information.

Broken Stones Play & Poetry Reading
When: Oct. 26, PM, 7 PM ~ pay what you can night
Where: InterAct Theatre Company: 302 S. Hicks Street @ The Drake
What: Join us for the final dress rehearsal and a short poetry reading before the play begins. Broken Stones uses the looting of the Baghdad Museum to examine how narratives can be manipulated to support any given bias, as well as how war narratives are twisted by the media for sensational appeal. Ultimately we follow the protagonist, Colonel Ramirez, as he first hires a ghostwriter to help him tell the story of what really happened in Iraq, then fights to regain control as the Writer ruthlessly changes details to suit a more “universal” narrative.
Cost: The discount code for $15 tickets for veterans is: CONNECT15. Be sure to mention Warrior Writers online: www.interacttheatre.org, or on the phone, 215-568-8079.

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.

Outside the Wire: Wartime Caretakers’ Experiences Panel
When: Thursday, October 26, 3:30-5:00PM
Where: Rutgers' Campus Center, Executive Meeting Room, 326 Penn St. Camden, NJ
What: This year’s discussion takes a look at the changing experiences of caretakers in wartime: nurses, medics, surgeons, and others. A panel of scholars and recent veterans will examine how changes in working conditions, military and medical developments, and social circumstances have affected what it’s like to treat America’s soldiers – and what’s changed in the ways armed forces caretakers view themselves.
More Info and RSVP: Learn more about the panelists, as well as RSVP for this free event on Rutgers' website.

Write it Out Workshop
When: Wed. Nov. 1, 6-8 PM
Where: Secaucus Vet Center, 110 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ
What: First of monthly Warrior Writers workshops in Secaucus, NY, on poetry, prose, and journaling on military and home front experiences.
Cost: Free
Contact: Victor Mandio, 201-223-7787
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Philadelphia Writing Workshop for Veterans
When: Nov. 2, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: TBA
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. A limited number of small travel and/or childcare stipends will be available for each workshop on a first come, first serve basis, contact lovella@warriorwriters.org for details.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org for more information.

Warrior Writers New Jersey Workshop
When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-10PM
Where: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Ave., 3rd Floor, Morristown, NJ
We can park in the public parking garage behind 14 Maple Ave. Get parking ticket punched in the office to park for free. We meet in conference room on the 3rd floor. Please bring snacks or supper. Need directions or if running late and can't get in the downstairs door, call 973-865-2065.
Who: Veterans and family members
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Combat Paper Demo and Warrior Writers Poetry Reading
When: November 9, 10AM-4PM – CP Demos, 5-7PM – WW Reading
Where: Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Stay tuned for more details.

Veterans Day Celebration at the American Folk Art Museum
Hosted by Warrior Writers and American Folk Art Museum
When: Saturday, November 11 at 12 -7PM, Warrior Writers Poetry Reading 5–6:30PM
Where: American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th St, New York, NY
What: Guided tours of the War and Pieced exhibition, an afternoon film screening of the 1964 classic film Zulu (138 minutes), and hands-on activities for all ages. At 1PM and 4PM, art historian Jacqueline Atkins will discuss the relationship between quilts and propaganda, and at 5PM, Warrior Writers will perform poetry readings. Refreshments and snacks will be served throughout the day.
Cost: Free with RSVP
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Warrior Writers Workshop: The Art of Poetry, Part III
When: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-8PM
Where: Suffolk University, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
What: The Suffolk University Poetry Center is hosting Warrior Writers for a series of workshops on the art of poetry this fall. These monthly generative writing workshops are designed for veterans to record memories and stories from their time service and/or at war. Of course, attendees are welcome to write about anything. If you have never served in the military or experienced warfare, you're also welcome to come. The series will culminate with a public performance. Stay tuned for details.
Cost: Free
Contact: Please RSVP to receive directions to the space and to be added to the attendee list.
Contact Caleb Nelson at boston@warriorwriters.org.

Sound Off: Warrior Writers NJ Book Party and Reading
When: Nov. 16, 7 PM
Where: The Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ
What: Join us to celebrate Warrior Writers' 10th Birthday and the printing of Sound Off, Warrior Writers NJ’s own book of writingand art by Veterans.
Contact: Jan Barry, janbarry61@hotmail.com
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Midnight Voices Spoken Word & Poetry Night
When: Nov. 16, 7-9PM
Where: Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138
What: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night with monthly featured reader.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org for date, time and place of next workshop
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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. Our full schedule has not been finalized yet. The major activities will be on Saturday afternoon and evening, Nov. 18. Here is what is set so far. Register here now - closes on Nov. 1
Friday Nov. 17, 6:30-8PM: Social Action Happy Hour (spontaneous poetry)
Friday Nov. 17, 8-10:15PM: Broken Stones play (includes intermission)
Note: Attendees to these events will receive half-price tickets to that evening’s performance (as available) as well as discounts on wine and beer.
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.
Where: at InterAct Theatre, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadelphia

Camouflage: Veteran Photography & Art Show
When: Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Duggal Visual Solutions, 29 W. 23rd St., New York, NY
What: Art Exhibit Opening and Poetry Reading. They offer a 30% discount to vets!

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.

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Our 2017 Series of USO Workshops (each a weeklong), at Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed, will begin in April and run through October. We’ll hold a public art exhibition and poetry reading as a finale each week.

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 radiosilence.muralarts.org.
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: info@warriorwriters.org

On-going Warrior Writer Events

Philadelphia Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Email info@warriorwriters.org 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: info@warriorwriters.org 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: boston@warriorwriters.org 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
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

NYC Warrior Writers

Contact: nyc@warriorwriters.org 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 info@warriorwriters.org with the honoree and donor information.