Writers and war have been linked ever since Homer sat down to write "The Iliad. " In recent years, the Seattle organization Voices in Wartime...

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Writers and war have been linked ever since Homer sat down to write “The Iliad.” In recent years, the Seattle organization Voices in Wartime has provided a forum for the veterans and observers of war, and on Saturday the organization will present “Voices from the Front Lines: Healing the Wounds of War,” 7 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle, $15 (206-632-7587 or www.voicesinwartime.org/events.htm for information; www.brownpapertickets.com for tickets).

Participants will include prize-winning poet and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner (“Here, Bullet”), Voices in Wartime executive director Andrew Himes, Seattle-based Laotian war refugees Khaythong Luangamath and Louie Praseuth, local writers John Roth and Emily Warn, and Seattle City Council member Sally J. Clark (who will discuss “our community’s responsibility … to those who have served in the wars”).

The event is part of the Voices in Wartime Education Project, which “uses art, dialogue and education to help young people understand more fully the trauma of war.”

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic