Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing Co-editor Steven Dunn will help facilitate conversations at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in November

Conversation Series About the Experience of War and Coming Home

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book is partnering with local organizations to host a series of three community conversations in 2018-2019 using the anthology Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing that collects writing by local military veterans created in workshops this past year and published this summer. Facilitators of conversation are able to engage participants in courageous conversations about the experience of war and reintegration at home upon return. Colorado Humanities will provide copies of Still Coming Home to all participants.

Upcoming conversations:

Old Town Library, Poudre River Public Library District
201 Peterson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
November 7, 14, & 28, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205
November 17, December 1, & December 8, 2018
2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Spring Institute
1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203
February 13, February 20, & February 27, 2019 
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Ford-Warren Branch Library
2825 High Street, Denver, CO 80205
March 7, 14, & 21, 2019
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Veterans Writing

Under the leadership of former Chairman William Adams, a Vietnam veteran and a philosophy scholar, the National Endowment for the Humanities issued a call to the state humanities councils "to explore the experience of war through the lens of the humanities" through an initiative called "Standing Together." We asked Colorado veterans how we could help them and they let us know that the greatest avoidable difficulty is an inability to ever "come home" from conflict. We were ready to say "yes" when veterans Jason Arment and Steven Dunn asked for help starting Denver Veterans Writing Workshop in 2016.

These ideas and aspirations came together as Colorado Humanities was awarded an Arts in Society grant, funded by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation, and in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center through their Arts in Society Program. The workshops also provided a safe space to rework pieces for an anthology of work by Colorado veterans. Intended as a reader to spark conversation in Denver-area communities, Colorado Humanities published Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing in August 2018. Arment, Dunn, and co-editor Bethany Strout selected the writing and worked with the authors, some new to writing, to prepare their work for publication. As the editors write in the Introduction to Still Coming Home, "What you will see here are essays, stories, and poems that are as complicated and diverse as the individuals who make up the military.... But what they all have in common is a sincere effort to tell their stories in the most vulnerable and honest way that they could. We are fortunate to be able to offer this collection to you on behalf of the authors."

The Denver Veterans Writing Workshop takes place the third Sunday of every month at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206.

Veterans Writing host fact sheet