Florida Matters: Veterans Open Mic Night

Florida Matters: Veterans Open Mic Night

Beyond the battlefield and the barracks, some of Florida’s 1.5 million veterans have had trouble transitioning to civilian life. Yet, there are signs that poetry, art and performance are helping veterans adjust.
With Veterans’ Day approaching, we bring you their stories this week in a special edition of Florida Matters.
There are highlights from the October 2014 Veterans Open Mic Night at Tampa’s Sacred Grounds Coffee House. Military veterans meet there every first Sunday to share their talents and stories.
The WUSF Veterans Coming Home project partnered with Art-2-Action Tampa Veterans to bring you this evening of poetry and music with military veterans.
The emcees for the evening were Andrea Assaf, director of Art-2-Action, and guest playwright Linda Parris-Bailey who wrote the play, Speed Killed My Cousin, about returning veterans.
The highlights feature veterans Charla Gautierre, Cheldyn Donovan, and Marc Reid.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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