Conversation Series

Colorado Humanities invites organizations to host 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. Would you like to partner with Colorado Humanities to offer a series of three conversations in fall 2018 or winter/spring 2019 focused on the veterans' writing and the experience of conflict in your community?

At each conversation series, Colorado Humanities will provide facilitators of conversations chosen from local professionals able to conduct difficult or courageous conversations about the experience of conflict. Denver veterans who contributed to the anthology will also be invited to attend each conversation series. Colorado Humanities will provide copies of Still Coming Home to all participants.

Please contact program coordinator Bess Maher at bess@coloradohumanities.org.

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. Other workshops are planned around the state. The workshops are also a venue to solicit pieces for anthologies of work by Colorado veterans.

Intended as a reader to spark conversation in Denver-area communities, the first anthology, Still Coming Home: Denver Veterans Writing, published in August 2018. Please join us at the book launch of Still Coming Home at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, 80205, on Friday, August 10 at 5:15 p.m. The reading is part of RedLine's 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Conversation Summit, and contributors to the anthology will read from their work.

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 St, Denver 80206.

Veterans Writing host fact sheet