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UW-Madison’s Schuth speaks with NPR's '1A' about creative writing, experiences of veterans

December 04, 2018

UW-Madison’s Wyl Schuth recently appeared on National Public Radio’s “1A” program to discuss creative writing and the role it plays in veterans’ return and readjustment to civilian life.

A preview of the report asks: “When flashbacks of the front lines won’t fade, how can jokes and poetry help veterans readjust?”

Wyl Schuth
The segment was titled, “The Power of Comedy and Storytelling for Veterans,” and it can be accessed via this “1A” web page.

The “1A” report explains: “Service members often experience traumatic and isolating events. Some are making sense of their experiences — and making peace with them — through humor and creative writing. Sam Pressler’s nonprofit Armed Services Arts Partnership teaches veterans storytelling and writing skills in order to bring them a sense of community and an outlet for coping.”

The report adds: “And can coming home from war inspire … comedy? ASAP’s most popular program is their comedy boot camp for veterans. It’s featured in the new audio documentary, ‘Strong Ending.’ ”

Schuth, a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, is an academic advisor with the School of Education’s Office of Education Academic Services. He also is the editor of The Deadly Writers Patrol, a literary journal that focuses on war and its aftermath. He believes that writing can help veterans express their suffering and resolve it, in part.

In November, Schuth gave poetry readings at the launch of the 2018 edition of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library's So It Goes literary journal, and for the Arts+Literature Laboratory's Watershed Reading Series.

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