Join veteran, author, and activist James Yee, Professor Janet McIntosh of Brandeis University, and veteran poets and performers Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski for “From Military Trauma to Healing through Creative Arts,” a live Veterans Day event and lunch at Newark Public Library on November 10, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. The multi-part program will start with a conversation with James Yee, who served as an Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay in the early 2000s and was accused of espionage when he reported the abuse of prisoners. Ever since the charges were dropped, Yee has been an activist for military justice while pursuing artistic expression as part of his healing.
The second half of the program features Jan Barry, Jenny Pacanowski, and other veterans as they explore how writing, art, and other forms of creative expression can offer veterans pathways to healing from service-related trauma and transitioning into non-military life. This portion will feature an information session and poetic theatrical performance, “Bridge Back Home from War,” by Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski, both military veterans who lead efforts to heal veterans through poetry and writing. The information session will introduce attendees to Warrior Writers, a veteran-focused arts organization that fosters artistic exploration through writing, painting, photography, and other media, and Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving, an integration program for women veterans that utilizes writing and performance to empower experiences and facilitate skills to thrive in daily life.