Poetry & Trauma Workshop at the Jesse Brown VA

Veterans, active service members, and their loved ones are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop that explores the link between trauma and memory through poetry and storytelling. Together, we will read and discuss poems from combat veteran poets, such as Wilfred Owen, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Brian Turner. Participants will engage in a creative workshop, composing original poems that investigate experience and memory as a vehicle of addressing, understanding, and healing from trauma.
In the afternoon, participants will expand their writing through physical movement and expression. We'll end our day with a brief oral history-based training, exploring the ways we can use our silence, gaze, breath and voice to deepen our experiences as storytellers and as listeners. Lunch will be provided for participants. Free admission.