Spiva Center for the Arts hosts veterans poetry reading

JOPLIN, Mo. - To celebrate National Poetry Month, veterans and their families started off honoring local warriors with a little writing exercise. When the class finished learning about creative writing, they headed downstairs to see the art gallery.  

Everyone then had the opportunity to read poems that were written by veterans of different eras from the Civil War up to current conflicts.  

"I know that the poems meant a lot to whoever wrote them," explained Ted Donaldson with Compass Quest Veteran Services. "And all being veterans, I think it's going to have a special meaning to all of us."

Spiva and Connect2Culture host the creative writing program every couple of months, but the reading portion was the new addition for today's event.

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