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Liberian civil war survivor encourages writers to heal through poetry

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s home is Monrovia, Liberia.

Although she has lived in the United States for more than two decades, her life in Africa and having survived the Liberian civil war impacts her, and she will present “Writing as a Tool in Healing: A Living Experience” in a Brown Bag lecture at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.

“My writing has been almost taken over by my experience of the Liberian civil war and by watching from the outside as my country became completely destroyed and my people died for 12 more years after my flight,” Jabbeh Wesley said. “But I am glad that I am more than ‘that writer’ about war.”

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Writers-in-residence to make the most out of writing and reading

Week Four brings Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and Joe Kita to the Writers’ Center as writers-in-residence, and their topics will heal — mentally, anyway.

Poet-in-residence Jabbeh Wesley, an associate professor of English and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University Altoona, will begin the week with a “Poetry and Healing” workshop.

“The workshop is a creative writing class in which writers will write poetry that helps them explore past feelings of hurt, pain or trauma in a way that writing about these become a powerful healing instrument,” Jabbeh Wesley said.

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Writers’ Center expands vocabulary and classes for new literary season

Though the Writers’ Center still offers regular workshops with its writers-in-residence, some of this summer’s selection of classes branch out across the Institution.

During Week Five, poet Jim Daniels will allow Chautauquans to explore the grounds and will then gather their responses to visual art. Clara Silverstein, Writers’ Center program director, said she thinks attendees will enjoy it along with the other classes.

“It’s really a wonderful opportunity to study with an expert in poetry,” she said.

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