Friday, September 18, 2009

Combat Paper Reading: MCBA, Saturday Afternoon 9/19

I'll be reading at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in honor of their upcoming Combat Paper residency. Combat Paper is a collective that works with war veterans all over the English-speaking world making paper from their uniforms and developing artwork and writing from them. Jim Moore, Deborah Keenan and Jude Nutter will also be reading with me on September 19th from 2-3:30 PM. I hope to see you there! You can learn more about the Combat Paper project at

In September of this year, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Susan Hensel Gallery will host The Combat Paper Project for a week-long residency in MCBA’s studios.

This unique project, based out of Green Door Studio in Burlington, Vermont, is made possible by a multifaceted collaboration between artists, art collectors, non-profit centers and military combat veterans. Through papermaking workshops, local veterans are given the opportunity to use uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beat and formed into sheets of paper. Later, text and imagery created by veterans are printed on the sheets. The goal is to use art to help individuals reconcile their personal experiences and challenge traditional narratives surrounding service, honor and military culture.

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