October 13, 2017 – 6:00 pm
Reading: US Military Veterans of Writer Corps Share Their Stories
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members
Join Writer Corps, a group of US military veterans, for this special one-night in-gallery event inspired by the exhibition World War I and American Art. For this program, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will reflect on the “Support the Troops” iconography from that time period and their feelings a decade and a half later on being seduced by the energy of the moment.
Using the creative writing workshop method, Writer Corps encourages participating veterans to articulate thoughts, feelings, and experiences in writing; craft their stories through collaboration and revision; and ultimately to share their pieces with larger on- and off-campus communities through publication in the annual literary journal DMZ. In readings held throughout the academic year, Writer Corps spreads awareness to student and civilian populations so that the public can become more cognizant of what military and post-military individuals have gone through.
The primary goal of Writer Corps is to assist veterans with their scholarly, personal, emotional, and spiritual well-being, providing a place where they can feel comfortable on campus among their peers. Members of Writer Corps have conveyed how the use of expressive writing alleviates some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.