Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

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Upcoming Events

Myths Legends and Epics of Coming Home
When: Wednesday, Mar. 20 6-9 PM, 6 PM Information Fair, 7 PM Storytellers
Where: Landmark Center F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN
What: A celebration of World Storytelling Day 2019. “I was drafted during the War in Vietnam and served as a medic, figuring my job was to get people back home where they belonged. The last story of the evening is about a World War I family, doing their part, saving walnut shells to be used to make Mustard Gas for the war effort. When they hear the bells ring on November 11, their hearts fill with overwhelming joy, as they know the bells mean the awful war is over and their boys are coming home. The evening will end with the ringing of those Armistice bells, calling for all men and women to finally be able to truly come home from war.” – Larry Johnson, World Storytelling Day Organizer and Host
Cost: Free
Contact: Larry Johnson, [email protected]    Download Flyer

Newburgh, NY Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, Mar. 21, 5-7 PM.
Where: Cornerstone Community Room, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Everett Cox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
Contact: Everett Cox, [email protected]

Parenting Outside the Wire
When: Saturday, Mar 23, 5 PM
Where: SEI Innovation Studio, Inside the Kimmel Cente, 2 levels below ground floor, 300 S Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
What: The Kimmel Center is partnering with Warrior Writers to present an evening of intriguing poetry performance about decisions around family and parenthood facing those who serve in the military. Veterans will be sharing their struggles of bringing the war home to meet their children, how their own parents reacted to their military experiences, and more. This unique evening will expand your mind and pull your heartstrings with performances from both local veterans and musicians working together. This special evening will feature Philadelphia favorite and former Kimmel Center Jazz Resident Luke Carlos O'Reilly, who will create an improvised musical backdrop to these moving stories.
Cost: Free
Contact: Information and Reservations   Download Flyer

Letters Home Series of Writing workshop for veterans
When: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Writers House at Rutgers-Camden, 305 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ. Enter through the rear on the corner of N. 3rd and Lawrence; the door will be open.
What: Free writing workshop for veterans. We will guide participants through a series of generative writing prompts that engage veterans’ experiences.All veterans are invited to sign up whether or not they are affiliated with Rutgers.
Cost: Free
More info: Letters Home

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Monday, April 1, 6-8 PM
Where: Secaucus Vet Center, 110 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ. Off Rt. 3 near the NJ Turnpike.
What: Writing workshops for veterans and family members on war and home front experiences. The Secaucus Vet Center also hosts art workshops for vets on Tuesdays, 9-11 AM.
Cost: Free
Contact: Victor Mandio, 201-223-7787

Letters Home Poetry Reading
When: Thursday, April 11, 6 PM
Where: Writers House at Rutgers-Camden, 305 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ. Enter through the rear on the corner of N. 3rd and Lawrence; the door will be open.
What: Join us at the Writers House at Rutgers-Camden as veterans and family members share writing related to communication and connection with loved ones. This performance is the culminating event in our Letters Home writing workshop series funded in part by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The event is free and open to the public.
Cost: Free
More info: Letters Home

Duluth Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Sunday, April 14, 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Where: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., 1832 W. Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
What: This Warrior Writers workshop provides a safe space for Veterans to tell their own stories, using prompts and discussion covering a variety of military issues and experiences. The workshop encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing, reflecting, storytelling, and art-making. A highlight of this workshop for many Veterans is having a space to release bottled-up thoughts and emotions alongside others who understand, creating a sense of empowerment in the ability to tell their own story. Warrior Writers is for all Veterans, regardless of era, combat, deployment or experience with the arts.
Cost: Free
Contact: Blake Rondeau, 651-772-4248, [email protected]
Register for free: mnhum.org/warrior    Download Flyer

Williamsport Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, April 18, 3:30-5 PM
Where: Vet Center, 49 East Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA
What: Penn College of Technology Veterans Services is sponsoring a veteran writing workshop hosted by the Vet Center. This Warrior Writers workshop provides a safe space for Veterans to tell their own stories, using prompts and discussion covering a variety of military issues and experiences. The workshop encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing, reflecting, and storytelling. Facilitated by Warrior Writer Kevin Basl. 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 - no writing experience necessary!
Cost: Free
Contact: June Gallegos Moser, 570-327-5281, [email protected]    Download Flyer

Heroes’ Voices Veterans Poetry Contest
When: Entries accepted now through April 20, 2019
What: The Soldiers’ Journey: Poems about the experience of being in the armed services and/or being a veteran. Poems may be inspired by personal triumphs or tragedies, relationships, health, spiritual insights, community, family and social issues, affected by your service in the military. Winning submissions and other selected poetry will be featured in public readings in San Francisco, California and at George Mason University in Virginia. Heroes’ Voices will publish Winning poems and other poetry in a chap book (a limited-edition booklet).
More Information and how to enter.

Williamsport Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, April 25, 3:30-5 PM
Where: Vet Center, 49 East Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA
What: Penn College of Technology Veterans Services is sponsoring a veteran writing workshop hosted by the Vet Center. This Warrior Writers workshop provides a safe space for Veterans to tell their own stories, using prompts and discussion covering a variety of military issues and experiences. The workshop encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing, reflecting, and storytelling. Facilitated by Warrior Writer Kevin Basl. 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 - no writing experience necessary!
Cost: Free
Contact: June Gallegos Moser, 570-327-5281, [email protected]    Download Flyer

National Veterans Art Museum Triennial: On War & Survival
When: May 2-July 29
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL
What: National Veterans Art Museum Triennial & Veteran Art Summit featuring art by over 50 veteran artists including Warrior Writers Aaron Hughes, Kevin Basl, Amber Hoy, Carlos Sirah and Jessica Putnam Phillips.
Cost: Free
More Information: www.nvam.org/triennial

NJ Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Sunday, May 5, 12-4 PM
Where: Frontline Arts/Printmaking Center of NJ, 440 River Rd., Branchburg, NJ. Off Rt. 22 west of I-287 at Somerville.
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with art workshops for vets and family members. Bring a dish for pot luck lunch. Service dogs welcome!
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected]

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Monday, May 6, 6-8 PM
Where: Secaucus Vet Center, 110 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ. Off Rt. 3 near the NJ Turnpike.
What: Writing workshops for veterans and family members on war and home front experiences. The Secaucus Vet Center also hosts art workshops for vets on Tuesdays, 9-11 AM.
Cost: Free
Contact: Victor Mandio, 201-223-7787

The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War
When: Wednesday, May 29th, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA
What: In collaboration with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, we invite you to an evening of reflection, discussion and art. This culminating event of the project will highlight conversations, literature and visual art from our discussions over the past several months. We focused on WWI, The Vietnam War and the Global War on Terror with special attention to Suffering, Heroism, Anti-War Activism and Homecoming. Facilitators, veterans and family members will share their experiences, so we hope you will join us to engage in the journey of re-integration. Refreshments provided.
Cost: The event is free, but please RSVP.
More Info: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Warrior Writers News

Warrior Writers Publishes New Guide
We're excited to announce a new book release! Warrior Writers Guide: How to Facilitate Writing Workshops for Veterans is an 82-page, spiral bound manual providing everything you need to know to get your own veterans writing workshop up and running. It includes a detailed facilitation plan, over 20 long-form writing prompts (also useful for individual veteran writers), our working with veterans 101 tip sheet, historical context on the origins of veterans writing workshops, and much more. We've learned a lot as an organization over the past decade+ and we want to share that knowledge with you. Available today in the Warrior Writers bookstore.

The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War
When: August 2018-April 2019
Where: Philadelphia, PA
What: Warrior Writers, in partnership with The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a series of discussion programs titled The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War. Starting this summer, the project team will use an intensive 5-day preparatory program to train six veteran and non-veteran discussion leaders to facilitate intimate conversation programs that will happen on a monthly basis. The programs will engage veterans, their families, and humanities enthusiasts in conversations about heroism, re-integration, suffering, and anti-war activism, in the context of three conflicts: World War I, the Vietnam War, and the Global War On Terror. Sessions will run through April 2019.
More Info: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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). Warrior Writers participated in a Radio Silence Listening Party on April 15 to kick off the broadcasts. For a full schedule and to download episodes, visit the Radio Silence website     Radio Silence blog
Photos and Recap     Video of performance     Photos from Warrior Writers/Mural Arts Radio Silence Workshop

On-going Warrior Writer Events

New Orleans, LA Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Second Wednesday of every month, 6-8 PM
Where: 1901 Mirabeau Ave, New Orleans, LA
What: Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Bastion for our Veteran Writing Workshops. These creative workshops offer prompts that cover a variety of military and veteran issues and experiences to encourage storytelling and the sharing of opinions and ideas for writing, reflection, and artmaking. 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 - no writing experience necessary!
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected]

MA Warrior Writers

Boston Warrior Writers
Contact: Facebook or Twitter for information on next workshop.

Monthly Warrior Writers Workshop
When: First Monday of every month, 6-8 PM
Where: Levanway Meeting Room, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield MA
What: Join us at the Greenfield Public Library for our monthly series of Warrior Writers workshops for veterans facilitated by local veteran and Warrior Writers member Eric Wasileski.. These creative workshops offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences to encourage storytelling and the sharing of opinions and ideas for writing, reflection, and artmaking. 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.
Cost: Free
Contact: Eric Wasileski, [email protected]

Twin Cities, MN Warrior Writers

MN Warrior Writers Meet Up
When: Third Saturday of every month, 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: The Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, third floor #302, Minneapolis, MN
What: Writing workshop and social event for veterans of all eras. No experience necessary.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Chante Wolf and Raymond Camper, [email protected].

New Jersey Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: First Sunday of every month, 12-4 PM
Where: Frontline Arts/ Printmaking Center of NJ, 440 River Rd., Branchburg, NJ
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with art workshops for vets and family members. Bring a dish for pot luck lunch. Service dogs welcome!
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected]

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: First Monday of every month, 6-8 PM
Where: Secaucus Vet Center, 110 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ
What: Writing workshops for veterans and family members on war and home front experiences. The Secaucus Vet Center also hosts art workshops for vets on Tuesdays, 9-11 AM.
Cost: Free
Contact: Victor Mandio, 201-223-7787

Ithaca, NY Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Second and Fourth Thursday of the month, 7-9 PM. Check listings above for next workshop.
Where: Unitarian Church parlor, 306 N Aurora St. (corner of Aurora and Buffalo), Ithaca, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
Contact: Kevin Basl, [email protected]

Newburgh, NY Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Every Third Thursday of the month, 5-7 PM.
Where: Cornerstone Community Room, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Everett Cox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
Contact: Everett Cox, [email protected]

NYC Warrior Writers

Contact: [email protected] 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 [email protected] with the honoree and donor information.