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Antioch College hosts two-day writing workshops for veterans and allies

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—July 9, 2013—On Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, Antioch College will host a series of free writing and art workshops for veterans and local allies. The workshops will be facilitated by Lovella Calica, founder of Warrior Writers, an organization that fosters artistic expression through workshops and retreats for veterans.

“Art-making becomes the creative tool through which veterans understand and transcend experiences of trauma and emotional disruptions that are not easily identified but constantly felt,” said Calica.

Non-veteran allies are encouraged to participate in a Working with Veterans 101 workshop which is centered around building healthy relationships between service members/veterans and civilians through creative writing, art-making, dialogue, participatory learning, and active listening processes.

Other open writing and art workshops are available to non-veteran allies after taking the introductory course.  The Working with Veterans 101 session is being offered on Friday, July 26, from 10:00 a.m. to noon and again on Saturday, July 27, also from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The two-day workshops will culminate on Saturday evening, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Gallery with a poetry reading by workshop participants.  The poetry reading is free and open to the public. 

The workshops are part of a collaboration with the Herndon Gallery’s latest exhibition, Coming Home, which presents visual art and written works from recent military veterans. Co-curated by Antioch College alumnae Dennie Eagleson ’71 and Lynn Zimmerman Estomin ’72, Coming Home will include recent work by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to express their experience in war and returning home through creative writing and visual art.

To register for the workshop, go to Gallery hours for Coming Home are Tuesday through Saturday, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery at or 937–768–6462.


About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.



Nicole Wroten

Assistant Director of Communications