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2019 MN Veterans' Voices Award Submission
When: Now through July 21, 2019
What: The Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony will honor Veterans’ stories at the Union Depot in St. Paul. Veterans living in Minnesota are encouraged to submit poetry, prose, essays, and memoirs for consideration. Selected authors will be invited to attend the Ceremony on October 5 to celebrate their work. Submissions should explore themes of: Combat & Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perceptions, Reintegration, Service, and Transformation.
More Info about events and Award submission
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Active Duty Service Members Writing and Papermaking Workshops
When: April 22-26, 5-7 PM
Where: >USO Warrior and Family Center, 5940 9th St, Fort Belvoir, VA
What: Frontline Paper and Warrior Writers welcome active duty service-members to a week-long writing and papermaking workshop at the Fort Belvoir USO. The week culminates with an art exhibition where participants work will be shown and a chance to share your writing on the mic!
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected]

Williamsport Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, April 25, 3:30-5:30 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

Combat to Canvas Veteran & Service Member Reading + Exhibition
When: Friday, April 26, 7-9 PM
Where:808 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
What: The Combat to Canvas exhibition and reading is the culminating event of a four-day art-making and writing workshop by Community Building Art Works, Frontline Arts, and Warrior Writers at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Ft Belvoir. During the workshop, Service Members and Veterans make paper out of used military uniforms and then write and create art on that paper. At the culminating exhibition, the public is invited to view the artwork and listen to a reading/performance by participants.
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected]

Writing Workshop with Black Odyssey Boston
When: April 27, 6-7:30 PM
Where: Central Square Theater Studio, 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
What: This generative writing workshop is led by veterans from Warrior Writers and inspired by themes from Marcus Gardley's play, Black Odyssey Boston. Workshop participants read scenes from the play and Warrior Writers will lead conversations about how the play relates to veterans' experiences. Generative writing prompts, aimed to inspire free writing exercises, will follow. Warrior Writers invites participants to share their work at the end of the workshop, if they desire. Open to all, at any skill-level: veterans, families of veterans (16 years and older), and anyone interested in exploring the experiences of veterans.
Participants encouraged to attend either the 3pm matinee before, or the 8pm evening performance after the workshop.
Tickets are available here.
Cost: Writing workshop is Free
Contact: [email protected], Facebook or Twitter

On War & Survival: NVAM Triennial & Veteran Art Summit
When: Exhibition May 3 - July 29
Summit May 3 - May 5
Where: National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
Register: On War & Survival
What: With a focus on the visual, literary, performative and creative practices of veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) Triennial explores a century of war and survival while challenging the perception that war is something only those who have served in the military can comprehend. Throughout history, art has provided a frame to create meaning out of the complicated experience of war, seek justice and imagine reconciliation. The NVAM Triennial exhibition features art by over 50 veteran artists including Warrior Writers Aaron Hughes, Kevin Basl, Amber Hoy, Carlos Sirah and Jessica Putnam Phillips. The NVAM Triennial exhibition opening coincides with the Veteran Art Summit. A series of presentations, workshops, panels, and discussions will be held May 3 - 5 at the Chicago Cultural Center, National Veterans Art Museum, and the DePaul Art Museum.
Sign-Up: Veteran artists can sign up for free housing in the community during the summit here Please fill this form out ASAP and no later than April 19.
Veteran artists and community members can sign up to give a presentation at the Open Platform session here.
Veteran writers can sign up to share a poem or short prose excerpt during the Friday night Open Mic hosted by Warrior Writers here.
Veterans who need transportation from the east coast, contact [email protected] ASAP.
Cost: The exhibition openings and Veteran Art Summit are free and open to the public.
Workshops and discussions have limited seating, so we request that you register as soon as possible and sign up for the sessions you wish to attend. Register here.
Full Schedule and More Information: www.nvam.org/triennial
Contact: [email protected]

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

West Deptford Free Public Library Poetry Reading
When: Thursday, May 9, 7 PM
Where: West Deptford Free Public Library , 420 Crown Point Road, West Deptford, NJ
What: Join us for a public reading of moving poetry and prose by veteran writers.
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected]

The Longfellow Carriage House Generative Writing Workshop
When: May 15, 5:30 PM
Where: Longfellow House, Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Hosted at General George Washington’s War Headquarters in Cambridge MA, this free writing workshop, the second in the series, invites anyone affected by war to share their experiences through art, stories and poetry. Writing prompts inspired by the war poets and storytellers of past generations bring together veterans of all eras, backgrounds and experiences.
At the end of this workshop series, The Longfellow House will host a public reading opportunity on June 26th. Everyone who participates is invited to read their work. For details about the time and directions to the space for these workshops, join the Warrior Writers Boston Facebook Group, or check WarriorWriters.blog
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected], Facebook or Twitter

Veterans' Voices Warrior Writers Workshop
When: Thursday, May 16, 6 - 8 PM
Where: Linden Hills Library, 2900 W 43rd St., Minneapolis, MN
What: The 2019 MHC Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony on October 5 will honor the outstanding work of Minnesota’s Veterans in an exciting new format that features their personal stories. MHC will host five Warrior Writers Workshops around the state to help Veterans become more comfortable telling their stories. Workshops are free and open to all interested service members and Veterans, regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc. It’s not mandatory to attend a workshop to submit to the Award, we encourage it. The 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.
Register: Click here to register
Cost: Free
Contact: Blake Rondeau, Minnesota Humanities Center, 651-772-4248, [email protected]
More Info: about events and Award submission
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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

The Longfellow Carriage House Generative Writing Workshop
When: May 29, 5:30 PM
Where: Longfellow House, Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Hosted at General George Washington’s War Headquarters in Cambridge MA, this free writing workshop, the third in the series, invites anyone affected by war to share their experiences through art, stories and poetry. Writing prompts inspired by the war poets and storytellers of past generations bring together veterans of all eras, backgrounds and experiences.
At the end of this workshop series, The Longfellow House will host a public reading opportunity on June 26th. Everyone who participates is invited to read their work. For details about the time and directions to the space for these workshops, join the Warrior Writers Boston Facebook Group, or check WarriorWriters.blog
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected], Facebook or Twitter

Veterans' Voices Warrior Writers Workshop
When: Saturday, June 8, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Where: St. Cloud State University, 100 Administrative Services Building, 720 Fourth Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN
What: The 2019 MHC Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony on October 5 will honor the outstanding work of Minnesota’s Veterans in an exciting new format that features their personal stories. MHC will host five Warrior Writers Workshops around the state to help Veterans become more comfortable telling their stories. Workshops are free and open to all interested service members and Veterans, regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc. It’s not mandatory to attend a workshop to submit to the Award, we encourage it. The 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.
Register: Click here to register
Cost: Free
Contact: Blake Rondeau, Minnesota Humanities Center, 651-772-4248 [email protected]
More Info: about events and Award submission
Download Flyer

The Longfellow Carriage House Generative Writing Workshop
When: June 12, 5:30 PM
Where: Longfellow House, Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Hosted at General George Washington’s War Headquarters in Cambridge MA, this free writing workshop, the last in the series, invites anyone affected by war to share their experiences through art, stories and poetry. Writing prompts inspired by the war poets and storytellers of past generations bring together veterans of all eras, backgrounds and experiences.
At the end of this workshop series, The Longfellow House will host a public reading opportunity on June 26th. Everyone who participates is invited to read their work. For details about the time and directions to the space for these workshops, join the Warrior Writers Boston Facebook Group, or check WarriorWriters.blog
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected], Facebook or Twitter

A Celebration of Survival: Stories from Iraqi refugees and local veterans + Music + Iraqi Food
When: Friday, June 21, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St. (7th St. bet. Market and Chestnut), Philadelphia, PA
What: On the heels of World Refugee Day, we invite you to join us for a unique event where we’ll showcase digital stories by Iraqi refugees and veterans. In addition, our friends from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture will be providing beautiful musical accompaniment. There will also be some delicious Middle Eastern refreshments for your enjoyment. The event is free but space is limited, please RSVP. This project was organized by Warrior Writers, funded by the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, presented in collaboration with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and supported by PhillyCAM.
Cost: Free    Register here:
Contact: [email protected]

Complacency Kills Reading at The Longfellow House
When: June 26, 5:30-7;00 PM
Where: Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Gathering on the lawn outside of the house of famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Warrior Writers invites military veterans and those affected by war to share their stories and poems. This is the fifth year that The Longfellow House has hosted Warrior Writers for a spring workshop series, starting during National Poetry Month in April.
To sign up as a reader, email [email protected] About 15 readers are chosen based on their contribution to an honest dialogue about war. Warrior Writers encourages selected readers to seek out open mics and revision opportunities prior to this event to practice and refine their performance. The selection of readers will favor those who participate in the free workshop series at The Longfellow House. For details and regular updates join the Warrior Writers Boston Facebook Group. Proceeds from any books and artworks sold during this event go to Warrior Writers.
Cost: Free
Contact: [email protected], Facebook or Twitter

Veterans' Voices Warrior Writers Workshop
When: Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
Where: Pioneer Public Television, One Pioneer Dr., Granite Falls, MN
What: The 2019 MHC Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony on October 5 will honor the outstanding work of Minnesota’s Veterans in an exciting new format that features their personal stories. MHC will host five Warrior Writers Workshops around the state to help Veterans become more comfortable telling their stories. Workshops are free and open to all interested service members and Veterans, regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc. It’s not mandatory to attend a workshop to submit to the Award, we encourage it. The 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.
Register: Click here to register
Cost: Free
Contact: Blake Rondeau, Minnesota Humanities Center, 651-772-4248 [email protected]
More Info: about events and Award submission
Download Flyer

Veterans' Voices Warrior Writers Workshop
When: Saturday, July 13, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St., Winona, MN
What: The 2019 MHC Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony on October 5 will honor the outstanding work of Minnesota’s Veterans in an exciting new format that features their personal stories. MHC will host five Warrior Writers Workshops around the state to help Veterans become more comfortable telling their stories. Workshops are free and open to all interested service members and Veterans, regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc. It’s not mandatory to attend a workshop to submit to the Award, we encourage it. The 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.
Register: Click here to register
Cost: Free
Contact: Blake Rondeau, Minnesota Humanities Center, 651-772-4248 [email protected]
More Info: about events and Award submission
Download Flyer

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.