Contemporary writings about war and the search for peace:
how a war requiem demolished (and rebuilt) a cathedral- it’s almost midnight and even so there are people in the streets coming from parties or going to parties, a cheerful bustle typical of summer. i myself just came from a concert benjamin britten’s war requiem performed by local orchestra and chorus. there was artwork set up in the lobby ehren’s cups and a poem […]
The Legacy of Wilfred Owen: Poets on War and the Search for Peace- An evening of readings and art by Drew Cameron, Susan Griffin, Amber Hoy, Aaron Hughes, Martin Lesinski, Aimee Phan, Ted Sexauer, Ehren Tool, Julie Thi Underhill, and Nancy Sue Brink.
Singing the War Requiem: “on behalf of…”- Singing Britten’s War Requiem has me working harder than ever on my music. but also feeling more deeply about the power of music in transforming human experience.
The Cost of War- The emotional cost of War lasts a lifetime, for the soldier and for his family. This story relates childhood memories of living with my stepfather, WWII Veteran.
Letter To My Father- My father was killed in WWII, 10 weeks after I was born. We never know each other. I treasure this one photo, of him as a young soldier.
Co-Facilitating the Writing Through War workshops- As co-facilitator of the Writing Through War workshops, I had the privilege of creating an opportunity to bring together veterans, family, friends, and community.
Aaron Hughes, featured reader, Writing through War #4- Aaron Hughes is an artist, activist/organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran, whose work seeks out poetics, connections, and moments of beauty, in order to construct new languages and meanings out of personal and collective traumas.
Martin Lesinski, featured reader for Writing through War #2- Martin Lesinski's writings and photography are first-hand reports of shaping a life of healing. They articulate the experiences of veterans and offer families and non-veterans insights into not the blood and guts of war, but the difficulties veterans encounter navigating a world shaped by PTSD.
Joe Lamb, featured reader, Writing through War workshop #1- We recorded Joe Lamb's reading at the first of four "Writing through War" workshops, a community collaboration leading up to our performance of Britten's War Requiem.