Who are we?
We are alumni of the Northern Nevada Veterans Writers Workshop.
We are a mixture of veterans and Veterans family who wish to explore the world through the written word as well as graphic media.
We support the on going efforts of future Nevada Veterans writing projects in addition to supporting Reno Art Town and The Combat Paper Project.
We meet monthly to support our on going individual writing projects and to continue the on going healing we need through writing. We believe that healing is supported by telling our stories.
Eric Hobson is a retired teacher, both high school and college. He is a disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Reno withhis wife of 46 years. Eric has enjoyed poetry all of his life and has written most of his adult years. Writing what he calls ‘catch and release’ poetry. He writes for his understanding and amusement, finally being satisfied with the result he would destroy the poem. Recently he has reached a point where he feels the need to ‘go public’ with his writings. He has been published in O Dark Thirty, an online literary journal for veterans and their families. Eric has participated in the local Veterans Creative Arts Festival receiving a Gold Medal.
Jo Meacham enlisted in the Nevada Air National Guard in 1986 and is still serving as a citizen-airman. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering, is a registered professional engineer and works at the local electric utility. She chose engineering so she didn’t have to write. However, her 2010 deployment to the United States Headquarters iKabul, Afghanistan turned out to be a life changing experience and one she wanted to write about. She became convinced that if the men and woman who serve don’t tell their stories, the truth will never be known. In a twist of fate, her father—her military inspiration—passed away unexpectedly the day before she returned home from Kabul.
Since then, she has been struggling to write the story of her military service and of herrelationship with her father (the Rock). The two stories are inextricably intertwined.
She hopes to stay in the military so she can continue to promote resiliency skills within the veteran community. In her spare time, she volunteers on several projects designed to raise awareness within the civilian community of the challenges military members face due to their military service, including the Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project.
Tina Drakulich currently directs the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation: For Freedom of Expression (DJD Art), whose vision is “Art Heals War Wounds”. DJD Art serves veterans with such programs as the Veteran’s Art Project and the Combat Paper Nevada Project, as a means of commemorating Sgt. David J. Drakulich, an artist who served and died in the Global War On Terror. In addition, she teaches at Washoe County School District. She has spent her life practicing various art disciplines, favoring visual arts. Currently she writes poetry and works at the art and craft of papermaking.