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Poet Heals Wounds of War through Art at Kent State

Posted Nov, 24, 2009

As part of the 40th May 4th commemoration, Wick Poetry Center will host Dr. Edward Tick, psychotherapist and poet, who has been working with war veterans since 1979.  Tick is the author of five books, including War and the Soul, winner of the 2006 Award of Distinction from the International Communicator Awards program.

Tick will be a guest speaker on Dec. 7 at noon in the Kiva Auditorium. He will present a slide show and speak on veteran reconciliation trips to Vietnam and on the power of healing wounds of war through art. Tick feels healing for war veterans, families and communities is a strong necessity.

“For a long time afterwards, people can stay hurt, angry and frightened because of the pain and losses they experienced during war,” Tick says.

Tick is the founder of Soldier’s Heart, a non-profit veterans’ advocacy and safe-return program which addresses the spiritual and emotional needs of veterans, their families and communities. All of the psychological strategies used by this organization have been based off of Tick’s book, War and the Soul. The veterans project focuses on creating a network of community based services, such as writing workshops, to facilitate a healthier and more successful reintegration for veterans.

Along with the slide show, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiva, Tick will give a poetry reading from his book of prose and poetry based on his healing journeys to Vietnam titled, The Golden Tortoise: Journeys in Viet Nam.

Tick’s remarkable work has taken him on healing journeys, spiritual tours, lectures, educational classes, and workshops around the globe. He also was co-founder of the Sanctuary International Friendship Foundation, a non-profit agency that directs and raises funds for projects to help heal war-torn Vietnam.

In addition to his program at Kent State University, Tick will be visiting other local communities. He is scheduled to be in the area from Dec. 6 until Dec. 10, where he will be composing writing workshops with the group, Warriors Journey Home, sponsored by the First Congressional Church of Tallmadge. This is a group of veterans and civilians providing spiritual healing through education, support, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, reunification and initiation.

Currently, Tick is in Vietnam working with US veterans. These are regular trips that Tick hosts from the Soldier’s Heart organization. He believes that along with psychiatric help, poetry has healing power.
“Poetry necessitates soul. Poetry is the soul’s language,” Tick says. “So using poetry awakens, strengthens, and restores soul.”

The Wick Poetry events will be free of charge and open to the public. These events are sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center, University Libraries, The Department of Jewish Studies, the Department of History, the Adult Student Center, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Ohio Historical Center.

For additional information visit the Wick Poetry Center Web site. Also, for additional information concerning the services of Edward Tick visit www.soldiersheart.net.

These Wick Poetry Center events are free and open to the public. For more information on this and another events, visit the Wick Poetry Center’s Web site at www.kent.edu/wick.

Media Contact: Nicole Robinson, nlrobin1@kent.edu, 330-672-2101