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Guest blogger Fred Foote invites local veterans to participate in the Warrior Poetry Project at Walter Reed Bethesda:

Is Poetry for you? Come and find out.

The Warrior Poetry Project at Walter Reed Bethesda presents a regular series of free classes in the fundamentals of poetry writing.  All forms of poetry (traditional, free verse, rap/Hip hop, etc) are included, and all skill levels are welcome.  These classes are provided free of charge, and food is served.  Each class will include 1 hour of teaching/group reading on a topic of interest, and 1 hour of optional workshopping of participants’ poems. Classes are not sequential, and participants may begin attendance at any time. Monthly trips to local poetry venues and events are also offered. (Next up is a reading at Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, at 9 p.m. on WED 30 OCT, 2013. New members are welcome at this event!)

WHERE: Multipurpose Room A (across the hall from lobby elevators), 2nd Floor, America BLDG ,  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.

WHEN: 1730-1930, first and 2nd THURS of each month.  Events 4th week of each month.

FOR WHOM: All members of our Warrior and Veteran’s community, and their families and supporters, including hospital and base students and staff. Those needing gate passes to the base, please meet (tall, thin, mustachio’d) Fred Foote at the Chevy Chase Starbucks, Connecticut Ave ½ mile south of the Beltway, at 1645 on the day of the class. Our goal is a mutually supportive poetry group to learn about poetry, strengthen our minds and spirits, engage our community, and have fun!

INSTRUCTOR: Fred Foote  ( is a retired Navy physician and prior Corpsman, who has published many poems in local and national magazines. He is also poetry editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the online and print journal of the Veteran’s Writing Project. His first book of poems, “Medic against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War”, won the 2013 Grayson Books Poetry Prize and will be published this fall.

To support planning, please email Fred to indicate your interest in taking part.

Your truth is important! Come and express it!

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