By Michael Aushenker
Venice-based literary arts center Beyond Baroque is hosting a reading and signing event on Friday for a collection of prose and poetry by and about those who have fought in war.
“Returning Soldiers Speak: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by Soldiers and Veterans” relates poignant and humorous experiences spanning World War II to conflicts in the Middle East.
Guest readers for the event include poet Hugh Martin; Pulitzer Prize nominee, actor and Olympic bobsledder John Rixey Moore; screenwriter, assistant to producer Joel Silver and former Army officer Jon Zelazny; and spoken word artist Jeffrey Alan Rochlin, a medic during the Vietnam War.
Organizers suggest a $10 donation to benefit Wellness Works, a Glendale-based nonprofit that works with veterans healing from war.
A reception and signing starts at 7 p.m., followed by the reading at 8 p.m., at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Visit beyondbaroque.org to RSVP.

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