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Westfield State to host “Threads of History: A Creative Conversation About Military Life”

Westfield State University will host “Threads of History: A Creative Conversation About Military Life” on Thursday, November 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Loughman Living Room of Scanlon Hall.

Craig Hall, Abby E. Murray, and Karen Skolfield, three military-connected individuals will serve as guest speakers at this event, organized by the University’s English Department and Military & Military Services.

Hall is a retired Army and combat veteran, a veteran outreach specialist with the Vet Center program, and a driver for the Mobile Vet Center. In 2007, an IED explosion under his tank damaged his left leg, leading to its amputation and replacement with a prosthetic, then a bionic leg. His experiences were shared with the Library of Congress, Veterans History Project.

Murray’s book, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Prize. A poet laureate of Tacoma, Wash., she teaches argumentation in military settings and academic writing for U.S. Army War College fellows at the University of Washington. Also, she’s an editor for the literary journal Collateral. A member of a military family, Murray’s spouse is in the U.S. Army.

Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A poet laureate of Northampton, her book, Frost in the Low Areas, was awarded the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. Her second book, Battle Dress, won the Barnard Women Poets Prize.

The free event is designed for the military-connected community, but is open to any interested members of the public.

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