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. He uses these new languages and meanings to create projects that deconstruct systems of dehumanization and oppression. He works with a variety of art, veteran, and activist organizations and projects including: Warrior Writers, Dirty Canteen, National Veterans Art Museum, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and Center for Artistic Activism. Hughes has shown his work in museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally. He is currently a recipient of The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists which is supporting his work on the Tea Project. We recorded Aaron’s reading (on an iphone) on Wednesday, March 16 at the final of four “Writing through War” workshops. Apologies for the background noise—due to a scheduling conflict, we moved next door to A Musical Offering. Thanks to our community partner! Additional workshops were held on February 24, and March 9, and 16;featured readers for those evenings were Joe Lamb, Ryan Holleran, and Amber Hoy. The workshops were held at University Press Books and A Musical Offering, in Berkeley. Many thanks to our community partners. The workshops were coordinated and moderated by Julie Thi Underhill, an interdisciplinary writer, artist, teacher, and scholar whose inheritances from war have deeply shaped her life. Born in Missouri in 1976 to a Cham-French refugee mother from Viet Nam and an American father who served in Viet Nam, Underhill has published in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, Troubling Borders, Embodying Asian/American Sexualities, Takin’ It to the Streets: A Sixties Reader, ColorLines, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and TrenchArt Monographs. Underhill currently teaches literature and composition at California College of the Arts while completing her doctorate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. The workshops were held at University Press Books and A Musical Offering, in Berkeley. Many thanks to our community partners.
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