Randy Brown embedded with his former Iowa Army National Guard unit as a civilian journalist in Afghanistan, May-June 2011. He authored the 2015 poetry collection "Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire", and edited the 2017 journalism collection "Reporting for Duty: Citizen-Soldier Journalism from the Afghan Surge, 2010-2011."
Brown's essays, journalism, and poetry have appeared widely both on-line and in print. Since 2015, he has served as the poetry editor for the national non-profit Military Experience & the Arts' literary journal "As You Were." As "Charlie Sherpa," he writes about citizen-soldier culture at: www.redbullrising.com; about military writing at: www.aimingcircle.com; and about modern war poetry at: www.fobhaiku.com.
You can follow him on Twitter: @FOB_Haiku
Other panelists participating in the Saturday event include:
- Blake Rondeau, Minnesota Humanities Center
- BriGette McCoy, Women Veteran Social Justice
- Jay Moad, playwright and performer
According to the description for the "Changing and Honoring the Narrative of Military Experience" discussion:
As the Forever War in Afghanistan continues, communities need to explore ways to help our returning Veterans reintegrate into their communities. The Minnesota Humanities Center empowers Veterans from all conflicts and wars to speak in their own voices through plays, discussions, literature and Veterans’ Voices. Writing Workshops are facilitated by military writers who are Veterans themselves, offering peer mentorship, instruction, and encouragement to those seeking to express the military experience through essays, poetry, and performance.Learning objectives are:
1. See how storytelling helps in the Veterans’ healing process, reentry and reintegration into their communities.
2. Discuss how writing can help bridge the “civilian-military gap” between the military and the people they serve.
3. Explore how using the humanities can foster dialogue between military and civilian populations.