Dear Friends: This Blog chapter discusses the Warrior Poetry Project and the recently-created Warrior Arts Café. Since 2013, the Poetry Project has provided free classes and workshopping for poets at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRB), Bethesda, MD. Patients, staff, and families have all benefited from the WPP. Each twice-monthly class (taught either by myself or a guest teacher), begins with a brief lesson in one of the elements of poetry (image, lineation, etc.), a famous American Poet, or another poetry topic (Rap/ Hip Hop being a perennial favorite). Classes are non-sequential, so participants can come and go at any time. Workshopping of student poems is included. Several WPP poets have had their pieces published in the Veterans Writing Project journal, O-Dark-Thirty, in other publications. In 2014, SSgt Bryon Reiger became the first WPP alumnus to enter a fulltime MFA program. The Spring 2015 season of the Warrior Poetry Project will kick off this WED 11 FEB 2015, at the newly established Warrior Arts Café (WAC) at Alfio’s Restaurant, 4515 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase MD. This beautiful, old-school Italian restaurant has graciously agreed to host the WPP classes, as well as a featured Warrior/ Vet arts performance and open mike, the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month. All Warriors, Vets, families, and friends are invited to participate. Poetry class begins at 1730 (5.30 p.m.), followed by the Warrior Arts Cafe performance at 1830 (6.30 p.m) . WAC sessions in December and January have drawn big crowds and media attentionFrederick Foote of Bethesda reads poems about his time as a Navy physician at the Warrior Arts Cafe at Alfio’s La Trattoria in Chevy Chase on Dec. 3. See Montgomery Gazette article of 10 DEC 2014 (active link appears on Honors/Media tab of this website). The WAC is intended to be the first of a network of community arts and garden projects for Warriors and Vets across the State of Maryland! More to follow as this story unfolds. Peace to all, Fred