Iraq War veteran, artist, and author Sean Davis will appear at 6 tonight (July 3) at Last Word Books to read from his new book “The Wax Bullet War: Chronicles of a Soldier & Artist.”
Davis’ memoir explores the ugliness of war and the restorative beauty of art. Davis discovers the oddities of a pop-up America in a hostile desert wasteland; loses his best friend in a violent ambush; returns, critically wounded, to confinement in a place that’s not his home; deals with the fallout of PTSD; and rediscovers art and its power to heal.
Last Word Books is at 111 Cherry St. NE, Olympia. The appearance is part of a national tour that has included stops in Utah, Idaho, Michigan, and Wisconsin, with many more locations in the Northwest still to come.
Sean Davis holds a master’s in fine arts in writing from Pacific University, and is an adjunct writing teacher for colleges around the Portland area. He is a regular contributor to Nailed Magazine and The Good Men Project. He also has produced, acted, and written for the stage, and is currently working on “The Canticle of the Black Madonna,” a new opera featuring veterans that will premier in Portland this fall. His paintings currently hang in the Six Days Gallery in the Alberta Arts District in Portland.