Maxine Hong Kingston will conduct a 90-minute workshop for veterans of war and those who work with veterans, describing the possibilities in using writing as a tool for expression. Those interested in attending the workshop, to be held on the West campus, should contact Jeff Kennedy, artistic director for the campus, at (602) 543-6025 or email@example.com.
“We are honored to welcome Ms. Kingston to campus to share her insights with ASU and the local community, including our military veterans,” said Kennedy, who is a faculty member in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the core college on the West campus. “Her appearance is all the more meaningful within the context of the ‘War and Peace’ academic theme being featured this year in New College. Viewed through the lens of the fine arts, literature, history, communication, and the natural sciences, the New College community is tackling issues associated with war and peace to help all of us develop our own more nuanced and thoughtful responses.”
The book ”Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace” includes accounts from people who grew up in military families, served as medics in the thick of war, or came home to homelessness. All struggle with trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other consequences of war and violence. Through their writings, readers witness worlds coming apart and being put back together again through liberating insight, community, and the deep transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past.
Kingston also is the author of “The Woman Warrior,” “China Men,” “Tripmaster Monkey,” and “The Fifth Book of Peace,” among other works. Additional awards she has received include the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. For many years a senior lecturer for creative writing at UC Berkeley, she lives in California.
Causes Maxine Kingston Supports