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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Warrior Writers Group Reading LIMITED

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Warrior Writers is a veteran-focused national arts organization whose mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, to provide a creative community for artistic expression through workshops and retreats, and to bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors. In this reading, area veterans whose work is featured in our anthologies will share some of their poetry.

Moderators
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Eric Wasileski

Coordinator, Veterans for Peace Chap 9 Smedley D Butler Brigade
Facilitator with Warrior Writers, father, preacher, poet and peace activist. | I recenly released my first book of poems and going to be leading a writing workshop at the Veterans for Peace convention this summer. I host a monthly open mic in Cambridge, Midnight Voices, 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm at Cambridge Friends Meeting. | Poems have saved my life.

Speakers
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Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens is privileged to have been published in Warrior Writers' most recent anthologies, After Action Review (2011) and Warrior Writers (2014). He was an infantryman with 1st ID, and served as a team leader and squad leader on deployments to Kosovo (2002) and Iraq (2004-2005.)
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Michael Anthony

Warrior Writers
Michael Anthony was invited to read by Warrior Writers, a great group of veteran writers. He is honored to be a part of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
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Jon Turner

Jon Turner served from 2003-2007 as an infantryman with the marines, deploying in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow (2004- Haiti), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005 & 2006) where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He is currently working with the VA to facilitate writing workshops, and is building an educational farm to assist returned veterans with re-integration. | | His written work has been included with Left Curve Magazine, Boston Poetry... Read More →

Producers
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Rachel McNeill

Boston Program Director, Warrior Writers
Rachel McNeill enlisted in the Army Reserves as a heavy construction equipment operator in 2002 at age 17. She deployed to Ramadi, Iraq with the 983rd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) from December 2004 to December 2005, where she became a driver and turret gunner with B Company’s tactical movement team, under the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2008, she was selected as the editor in chief for The Clarion, the student-run newspaper... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM Studio 2

Attendees (11)