Warrior Writers and Combat Paper Projects Panel

CONWAY, Ark. (April 16, 2013) - The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language will host a panel discussion exploring the relationship between literary expression and physical and emotional recovery Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall followed by a reception in Trieschmann Gallery.

The panel will feature:

  • Iraq war veteran Drew Cameron of the Combat Paper Project (CPP), which helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans turn personal war material, such as uniforms and manuals, into blank books for their narrative and poetic works.
  • Vietnam veteran Jan Barry of the Warrior Writer Project (WPP), which helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans turn their war experiences into literary expressions of their experiences
  • Sara Nesson, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary film Poster Girl, a documentary film about one veteran's transformation of experience into art.

The program will also include a screening and discussion of Poster Girl on the same day at 4:15 p.m. in Mills B on the Hendrix campus. These events, which are free and open to the public, are part of an ongoing series of programs exploring this year's Hendrix-Murphy Programs theme, "Literature and Medicine."

For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu.

Panelist Bios

Cameron is a hand papermaker, printer, and book artist based in San Francisco. After his military service in the U.S. Army, he co-founded the Combat Paper Project. As the director, he teaches the art and craft of papermaking to veterans and the community, transforming military uniforms and other war-related materials into paper.

Barry is a poet and writer, and author of Life After War & Other Poems, among other works. A Vietnam veteran, he is active with the Combat Paper and Warrior Writers projects. He teaches journalism at Ramapo College of New Jersey and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Nesson is an Academy Award-nominated director and won the International Documentary Association Best Documentary Short for Poster Girl. Her first narrative feature is currently in development, as well as her other commercial and documentary projects. Nesson works with veterans and is on the advisory board for Warrior Writers. She is the founder of Portrayal Films, based in Brooklyn, New York.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.