On Veterans Day, November 11, several veterans will share powerful poems by other veteran poets from the Civil War to present day as well as their own work. This is a Zoom event and will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The program title is “Veteran Poets Reading Veteran Poets. They are reading their own poems and poems from others about WWI, WWII, wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the homefront.
Terry Farish served with the American Red Cross in Cu Chi and Qui Nhon during the war in Vietnam and is a panelist. Karen Skolfield, another panelist speaker, is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the current poet laureate for Northampton, MA. Kyle Potvin is a part of Home Front and the only non-veteran panelist.
COVID-19 has created new challenges for the entire planet, including the poetry industry. Most, if not all, events are now virtually coordinated over zoom. However, it has persevered. Farish said, “Rodger [Martin] and Kyle [Potvin] with Rodney [Obien] have been key to the organization of this event on a virtual platform. We’ve met many times by Zoom to plan, read aloud, critique, and revise.”
The full story on this event will be published next Thursday, November 19.
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