Veterans transforming their lives through art
Our mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, provide a creative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors.
Combat Paper Program
The Combat Paper Project utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture.
Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military.
Affiliated Combat Paper Studios Combat Paper NJ Program Shotwell Paper Mill
San Francisco CACombat Paper at Veteransí Sanctuary
Trumansburg, NYCombat Paper Nevada
Reno NVVeterans in the Arts
Minneapolis, MNBluSeed Studios
Saranac Lake, NYButton Field Press
San Marcos, TXPeace Paper Project
Art/Music Nina Talbot
Nina Talbot is a Brooklyn based painter who work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Brooklyn Historical Society, The Brooklyn Museum, The Bronx Museum, The Staten Island Museum, and The Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibition, "Three Brooklyn Artists." Talbot has spent the last three years working on the current Veterans series consisting of fourteen portraits, oil on canvas, of veterans of the United States military. These paintings are the unseen and rarely told personal stories of American veterans.Bob Lusk
(US Army, Vietnam era) From the Hudson and the Catskills, to the rural South, by way of the big clipper ships, the Far East and the British Isles, Bob Lusk's songs encompass the whole world and hundreds of songs.
A veteran of both the Irish and American folk circuit, Bob is an experienced balladeer and multi-instrumentalist. He sings in a strong baritone, from rousing "pub song" favorites to tender love songs and accompanies himself on guitar, cittern, banjo, and button accordion.
Answer the Muse - Transformational Performance Art
Answer the Muse is a unique fusion of theatrical, spiritually inspired, transformational performance art. The music consists of originals, covers meditative chants as well as audience participation.
The band members include Jai Hari Meyerhoff on vocals and percussion, Ceili Murphy on keyboard, whistle and back up vocals, Jonathan Meyerhoff on acoustic guitar and vocals, Joey Arcuri on acoustic bass and Will Sigel on drums.
Their intention and mission is to uplift, open your heart and transform.
The prints and paintings of Karen Whitman and Richard Pantell are alive with the images of the street life of New York City and its urban landscape.
Their city dwellers are passionately depicted underground as subway riders, serenaded by musicians, among the rich textures of subway tracks, mosaics and graffiti, as buses and trolleys rumble above.
Blogs/Quick Links Jan Barry
(US Army, Vietnam) Warrior Writers Advisory Board member, author of Life after War & Other Poems, co-editor, Winning Hearts & Minds, Demilitarized Zones.W.D. Ehrhart
(US Marine Corps, Vietnam) Author and editor of 20 books, including Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War, The Bodies Beneath the Table, and Demilitarized Zones.Leslie Gerber
Started a business dealing in used and rare classical recordings, Parnassus Records, which closed in 2008; his Parnassus label, which issues classical recordings, is still active. He is a music critic and program note writer and was also a classical music broadcaster for 15 years. He has written poetry for the past decade and has been published in Home Planet News, Celebrate Life, and Prime Time Cape Cod. Susan Hoover
Author of The Magnet and the Target (The New School Chapbook series, 1995). Anthologies:
As If the World Had Not Known Sorrow (The Poets Press, 1986) and Taxi Dancer (Exotic Beauties Press, 1979). Recordings: Xerox the Clouds - CD released 2010, featuring Susan reading selections of her poetry accompanied by cellist, Sera Smollen. Marianna Boncek.
(US Marine Corps, Vietnam) Books include: War Story(1977), Shoetown(1992), and Trouble Light (2008). Poetry, fiction and non-fiction in over 26 anthologies.Will Nixon
For years, he wrote environmental journalism, then turned to poetry and personal essays. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and listed in Best American Essays 2004. Co-author with Michael Perkins of Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America's Most Famous Small Town and The Pocket Guide to Woodstock. For poetry, My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse and Love in the City of Grudges. He now lives in Woodstock, NY.Jim Murphy
(US Air Force, Vietnam) Board member, Veterans Sanctuary; Warrior Writers workshops participant, recipient of 2012 Fellowship of Reconciliationís Martin Luther King Jr. Award.Gretchen Primack
Is a poet, editor, and teacher living in New York's Hudson Valley. She co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin Avery 2012) with Jenny Brown.Brian Turner
(US Army, Iraq, Bosnia) Author of two collections of poetry, Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books; 2005, 2010). His work has been published in Poetry Daily, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, and others.Cheryl A. Rice
Her poems have appeared in Baltimore Review, Chronogram, Florida Review, Home Planet News, Mangrove, Metroland, Poughkeepsie Journal, The Temple, Woodstock Times, and in the anthologies Wildflowers, Vol. II (2002: Shivastan Publishing), Riverine (2007: Codhill Press) and For Enid, With Love (2010: NYQuarterly).Bertha Rogers
First Poet Laureate of Delaware County, New York, in March 2005, is a poet, translator, visual artist, and master teaching artist.Dan Wilcox
Host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany NY, member of 3 Guys from Albany, & photographer who has "the world's largest collection of photos of unknown poets." Active member of Veterans for Peace. Larry Winters
(US Marine Corps, Vietnam) Is a licensed mental health counselor at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY. Author of The Making and Un-making of a Marine.Woodstock Poetry Society
The Woodstock Poetry Society is a literary organization formed to provide an opportunity for Hudson Valley poets to read from their work for an appreciative audience and for members of the community to gain a better understanding of poetry and the creative process.
Etc. Bright Hill Press & Literary Center
Mission: is to seek out, study, and collect the work of early and contemporary writers, storytellers, and artists, and to publish, disseminate, and present that work through publications and educational and public programs for the larger community.Mayapple Press
Publishing challenging and accessible literary books since 1978Red Glass Books
This Brooklyn press was founded by Janet Kaplan.War Poetry Contest
This contest is presently retired but has an archive of winning entries.Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Driven by the simple philosophy that kindness and respect to animals is our duty and that all the creatures that share this earth are here with us and not for us. Farm animals are feeling individuals who deserve to be treated with compassion.