Friday, October 27, 2023

An extraordinary Veterans Day event in Newark, Nov. 10


Honoring and healing our heroes

Join veteran, author, and activist James Yee, Professor Janet McIntosh of Brandeis University, and veteran poets and performers Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski for this extraordinary Veterans Day event and lunch.


  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm: “Military Injustice: Chaplain James Yee’s Story,” a conversation with James Yee and Janet McIntosh
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch for all participants and audience members (free of charge)
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Warrior Writers info session and “Bridge Back Home from War,” a poetic theater performance by Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski

We are honored to highlight the story of James Yee, who served as an Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay in the early 2000s and was accused of espionage when he reported the abuse of prisoners. Ever since the charges were dropped, Yee has been an activist for military justice while pursuing artistic expression as part of his healing. 

The second half of the program features Jan Barry, Jenny Pacanowski, and other veterans as they explore how writing, art, and other forms of creative expression can offer veterans pathways to healing from service-related trauma and transitioning into non-military life.