Monday, November 5, 2012

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Reading: Veteran's Reclaim Armistice Day

Have some great news: this Saturday, November 10th, I'll be participating in a poetry reading at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library celebrating the release of the 1st number of the to-be annual journal, So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial, in which I'll have four brief poems under the collective title "Sutra Blues." The event will be at the library at 4 pm as a prelimary to the book release party for the new Kurt Vonnegut Letters, with editor Dan Wakefield.

This year's issue of the journal is an Armistice Day Anthology, which is being released to coincide with a special program entitled Veteran's Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing Through the Humanities.
Here's a summary the program for the Armistice/Veteran's Day event on November 11th at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis:

To spotlight the importance of the arts and humanities to help veterans both heal from and understand better their experience of war, members of the board of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library decided to hold a public event. The program will explore how the arts and humanities can help veterans cope with the trauma of war. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Veterans, notable writers, performers, philanthropists, family members, and those who are simply grateful to take part in a day of artistic expression will gather for one day of healing for hundreds of veterans and their families this November. In addition, your support will be a fitting tribute to the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut and his love for humanity. The 90th anniversary of his birth is the same day as the symposium. Kurt’s son Mark said his father, a veteran who experienced trauma from war and used art to understand his experience, would be proud to have his name attached to this event.

It will truly be an honor to share sometime with everyone coming together in this event to promote healing and peace. More info on the library and some of the great things they are doing there can be found at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library site.

Stop counting syllables,
start counting the dead.

 Library display of KV material from WWII


in the footprints
of the warrior...
translated by David G. Lanoue


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