Triumph over Trauma

If life knocks you to your knees, what are you willing to do to get up?

To live through a traumatic experience, illness, accident, or other life-changing event, takes courage, stamina, and commitment. This panel introduces writers to the readers who will share their stories of survival and what it took them to face adversity with bravery and bravado.

Moderated by writer, performance artist, and traumatic brain injury survivor Ruby Lynn Willis, this panel presents:  Joules Evans, Sherry Amatenstein,  and Terri Muss.

 Sunday, Sept. 17 10 AM-12 PM

At the TriVersity Center (UDGLBT Center)

This event is free

 Ruby Lynn Willis, writer, storyteller, and performance artist

Ruby Lynn Willis, writer, storyteller, and performance artist

Ruby Lynn Willis is a writer, storyteller, and performance artist.  She developed a unique storytelling style in her early performances in Greenwich Village, NYC and the Port Jervis Poet Society.

Ruby brings her interactive synergy to the shows she directs, produces, and performs, while evolving as an artist with TBI (traumatic brain injury) sustained in an accident in 2007.

Over the last four years, Ruby has produced and starred in seven variety shows. These performances have solidified her power to present her story of “Re-Growing Up”, and what it mean to recover and rebuild a life as a well-functioning survivor with a TBI, not only with a sense of humor, but also a determined sense of purpose.  

Ruby’s current ventures include: TANDEMoments, an organization that connects TBI survivors with a virtual support system of volunteers. She also hosts a monthly open mic variety show at Port Jervis’ Empowering Center as well as the monthly Readers and Writers storytelling event at the Milford Triversity Center. 


 Joules Evans, writer and activist

Joules Evans, writer and activist

Joules Evans is a writer, runner girl, cancer activist, and a fierce cheerleader of her friends and their creative endeavors. She is a girl with a severe wanderlust and a travel writer, photographer, and a You Tube Vlogger. She is a girl on a mission to leave the beauty mark of her life.

Besides being occasionally radioactive with a chance of superpowers…here are a few random facts about Joules Evans: At press date aka August 20, 2017 Joules celebrated her 9th cancerversary.  Sorry if that’s a spoiler alert to her memoir: Shaken Not Stirred…A Chemo Cocktail.  And yes, she celebrates the day that she heard the C-word. And pretty much every other day. And anything and everything else she can get her hands on to spin and make a party out of. 

Joules lives in Ohio.

 Terri Muuss

Terri Muuss

Terri Muuss is the author of Over Exposed, a beautiful story of trauma, survival and redemption. As as a poet, writer and performer., she has received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and Poets and Writers and was named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News.  Her poetry/prose one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, has been performed throughout the US and Canada since 1998. Terri’s poetry has appeared in Bolts of Silk, Long Island Quarterly, Red River Review, JB Stillwater and Whispers and Shouts and she was the co-producer and host of the monthly Manhattan poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years. As a licensed social worker, Muuss specializes in the use of the arts as a healing mechanism for trauma survivors and teaches a course at Rutgers University to social workers entitled Youth Development Through the Written Arts. Terri is also an actor, director, motivational speaker, and life coach who specializes in group work and addiction/abuse counseling.

Terri lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and her two ginger-haired sons.

Sherry Amatenstein