Ben Weakley
Author + Poet
Bearing Witness to War

BOOKS

Poetry Appearing In:

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PROUD TO BE:

Writing By American Warriors, Volume 10

Southeast Missouri State University Press

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OUR BEST WAR STORIES:

Prize-winning Poetry & Prose from the Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Awards

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WE WERE NOT ALONE:

A Community Building Art Works Anthology

 

Recent Publications

The Wrath-Bearing Tree

 

Two Poems

In Some Distant Country

How Will You Answer

The Line Literary Review

Two Poems

Sunday Morning: The Market in East Rashid

Ode to a Scar

Line of Advance

Poem

No Takebacks

 
 

Upcoming Events

Monthly Writing Workshop with

Community Building Art Works

and Cohen Veterans Network

June Dates:

6.14.2022 | 12 PM EDT

 

6.24.2022 | 12 PM EDT

July Dates

7.12.2022 | 12 PM EDT

7.26.2022 | 12 PM EDT

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Virtual Writing workshop with author Ben Weakley in partnership with Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics at Easterseals and The Up Center. Open to all and no writing experience is necessary . Bring yourself, a pen, paper and an open mind. Held over Zoom on the Fourth Tuesday each month @ 12 pm ET - register below.

Poetic Record: Writing Workshop

for Health Care Workers

with

Community Building Art Works

June Date

6.21.2022 | 7 PM EDT

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Tuesday, June 21st at 7 pm ET, Poetic Record is a FREE ONLINE Workshop that blends poetry, connection, & the science of resilience to support healthcare workers & bear witness to their experiences.

Writing Workshop for Veteran Family Members

with Warrior Writers

July: TBD

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Sarah Haak and Ben Weakley invite you to join this workshop that will offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences, and the unique position of being a military family member. The format of these workshops encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. This workshop is for any military family member, regardless of experience with Warrior Writers, writing, or art. We welcome all who want to create and commune in a supportive community.

Writing Workshop with Community Building Art Works and Cohen Veterans Network

6.14.2022 | 12 PM EDT

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Tuesday, June 14th at 12 pm ET, a writing workshop with author Ben Weakley in partnership with our friends at Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics at Easterseals and The Up Center. Open to all and no writing experience is necessary . Bring yourself, a pen, paper and an open mind.

The Power of Writing in Community:
What Participants Are Saying

I appreciate the welcoming vibe, calm structure, insightful comments, and intriguing prompts of Ben's workshops. Thank you!

I LOVE working with Ben. He has incredible prompts and is so gentle with the topic of the day.

Thank you, Ben. Your gentle passion for poetry and people pervades your work. I always finish feeling uplifted, seen, heard, and encouraged.

As always, I come to this workshop and feel less alone.

Coming together in this space, with these people, and writing, brought me back to myself. We all hold space for each other - and I'm learning how to hold space for myself. Thank you Ben for being here today.

[Ben] brings a sense of gentleness and safety for the sometimes painful places we visit in our writing.

BIO

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Ben Weakley spent fourteen years in the U.S. Army, beginning with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and finishing at a desk inside the Pentagon. He writes poetry and prose about the enduring nature of war and the human experience for veterans, their families, and anyone who would help them bear witness to war and its aftermath. 

 

A believer in the power of words to empower and heal, Ben leads writing workshops for Active Duty Military, Veterans, their families and caregivers, as well as Frontline Health Care Workers and other communities of ordinary people bearing witness to a difficult world.  

Ben lives in the Tri-Cities of Northeast Tennessee with his wife, two children, and a well-meaning but poorly behaved hound-dog.

 

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