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Surviving the Long Wars: Residues and Rebellions Exhibition Close-Up & Poetry Reading

Join featured artists and poets for the opening program of the Veteran Art Triennial and Summit at the Newberry Library exhibit, SURVIVING THE LONG WARS: Residues and Rebellions. The program will feature poets Erika R. Land, Monty Little (Diné), Carlos Sirah, and Dunya Mikhail as they explore the disparate impacts of war and search for collective paths towards solidarity. The event will also provide a closer look of the Newberry exhibition SURVIVING THE LONG WARS: Residues and Rebellions (open February 28 – May 27, 2023).

Erika R. Land [US Army veteran] is a MacDowell Fellow, UnitedSolo award recipient, and a 2021 DEMIL Art Fund recipient. Erika channels her struggles and triumphs with post-traumatic stress disorder into art that she hopes will be transformative for others; but, overall, she is a writer of things to be written.

Monty Little (Diné) [US Marine Corps veteran] is originally from Tuba City, Arizona, located on the Navajo reservation. He received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2015 and is an MFA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Little has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Carlos Sirah [US Army veteran] is a writer and performer from the Mississippi Delta. His work encounters exile, rupture, displacement, and migration. He has performed and developed work with a wide array of place-based, social justice, and arts organizations. Sirah received his MFA from Brown University in 2017.

Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi American poet and writer. She is a laureate of the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture and has received fellowships from the United States Artists, the Guggenheim, and Kresge. Her honors also include the Arab American Book Award and UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing.



From the US “Indian Wars” to the “Global War on Terror,” Surviving the Long Wars explores the multiple overlapping histories that shape our understanding of warfare, as well as alternative visions of peace, healing, and justice generated by diverse communities impacted by war.

Inspired by the powerful artwork of Indigenous and Native American artists responding to the US “Indian Wars,” and artists of the Greater Middle East reacting to the “Global War on Terror,” Surviving the Long Wars focuses on how these artistic responses complicate and entangle with the artistic practices of veterans. The featured artworks, projects, and programs create opportunities for people to deepen their understanding of the impact of war.


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