TUNKHANNOCK — Since May 11, 2015, the Dietrich Theater Warrior Writers, sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, have been meeting every second Monday of the month and now they are ready to share their writing at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20.
This free sharing will be in collaboration with the Dietrich Theater Writers Group, an ongoing group that meets once a week. Open to the public, it will be held in the Peg Fassett Performance Studio and is the first sharing of the combined groups. A reception will follow the reading, a chance to meet the writers and enjoy light refreshment.
Warrior Writers is a national program that empowers veterans through writing and speaking. The Dietrich Theater Warrior Writers program is facilitated by Jenny Pacanowski, poet, combat veteran, and Warrior Writers trainer, and Gary Morgan, Vietnam veteran.
Pacanowski knows well how this program can help, because she found her voice through it. She joined the Army in 2003 at the age of 23, as a healthcare specialist/combat medic and was sent to Iraq in 2004. During her 11-and-a-half-month deployment, she drove a military ambulance, serving a first responder medical support for convoys in Iraq for the Army, Air Force, and Marines. She logged thousands of miles throughout Iraq such as Al-Asad, Tikrit, Mosel, Samarra and the Sunni Triangle. In 2007, she was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It is writing and the community with other writers that enabled her to find peace.
Pacanowski is currently a freelance poet/spoken word, writing workshop facilitator and public speaker for the tri-state area and beyond. She is also involved in the Lucid Body Veterans project, which encompasses theater for social change and veterans issues in an open dialogue of discussion and solution driven theater. Her goal is to help guide and educate civilians and veterans to create community and understanding of our own humanity to ease the transition from war and military culture.
Writing becomes “the creative tool through which we understand and transcend experiences of trauma and emotional disruptions that are not easily identified but constantly felt,” according to the mission of Warrior Writers. Writing is a tool for healing, because once a feeling is acknowledged, healing can begin. Warrior Writers sessions also encourage healing through community with others. Groups are most effective when they are small, enabling members to be of support to each other. The Dietrich Theater Warrior Writers group is open to all veterans.
For information, call 570-996-1500.