2020 Veterans’ Voiceses Award winners named

MHC to honor veterans with written works at online ceremony

Now in its eighth year, the Minnesota Humanities Center’s (MHC) Veterans’ Voices Award will recognize six awardees in an online format on Thursday, October 8, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

These veterans have been selected for their excellence in writing—sharing their experiences of being a veteran through poetry, prose, essays, memoirs, and more. From dozens of submissions, one On-the- Rise veteran (under 40) and five Legacy veterans (age 40 and over) were selected to receive the 2020 Veterans’ Voices Award by an independent review panel of their peers.

The 2020 Veterans’ Voices awardees are: of St. Paul Paul, Jon Stafsholt of Glenwood, Minnesota; and Tracy Charpentier of Bloomington, Minnesota

Since 2013, the Minnesota Humanities Center has honored Minnesota veterans who, in a myriad of ways, contribute to their communities, state, and country. The October 8 online ceremony will feature MHC CEO Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of – award-winning poet and U.S. Army veteran Kao Kalia Yang.

The Veterans’ Voices Award is part of the MHC’s Veterans’ Voices program that by drawing on the power of the humanities to call attention to the contributions, and often-missed stories, of veterans. This program empowers all Minnesota veterans – telling, literature, discussion groups, and more—amplifying the voices of veterans throughout our state. – erans through this award and the Veterans’ Voices program is truly an honor for the deserve to be heard in their own authenticity— especially those who have been absented or marginalized from public awareness. Through the humanities, veterans can share their experiences and connect with others. Congratulations to all the 2020

For more information about the Veterans’ Voices Award and to register for the event, visit mnhum.org/event/online-2020-veterans voices-award-ceremony/.

About the Minnesota Humanities Center

Founded in 1971, the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is a statewide nonprofit organization and full-service event center located in St. Paul. The Humanities Center grounded in the humanities, and collaborates with organizations and individuals to develop programs that facilitate and frame conversations and strengthen connections. public life the authentic voices of all people, especially those that have been absent or marginalized. The Humanities Center is a resource for the state of Minnesota and is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the Humanities Center, visit www.mnhum.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

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