Member, Wisconsin Writers Association
Member, Council for Wisconsin Writers
Lifetime Member, Broom Street Theater
The Capital Times published an article on the 2019 Paths to Healing conference on June 28. You can read it at Sexual Abuse Conference Educates on Often 'Invisible' Male, African American, LGBTQ Survivors
Callen was the emcee/host for the 2019 Paths to Healing conference on child sex abuse that he helped start and helps plan every year. It was on June 21 at the American Family Insurance Training Center in Madison, Wisconsin.. The event went very well and about 30 more people attended this year as last.
Callen's blog post, Pride (and Prejudice) was published by Madison365 on Friday, June 14. Check it out at Madison365.
Work continues on Callen's next book, which will be a collection of selected essays.
Callen was recently asked to be a participant in a long-range planning process for the state of Wisconsin's response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The group will be comprised of members of End Abuse, the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse, the Department of Children and Families, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, American Indians Against Abuse, and the Office of Crime Victim Services--Wisconsin Department of Justice, as well as individual citizens.
Callen will be speaking to Stoughton High School students on child sexual abuse after the fall school session starts.
Proud Theater held its annual year-end culminating performance from May 23-25 at Edgewood College. He has decided to retire as a mentor, so this was his last season after twenty years with the group.
In addition to his own books, Callen's work (both writing and photos) has been published in several other books and anthologies, including the following:
The Milwaukee Anthology, edited by Justin Kern. 2019. (Essay)
Pacific Northwest Insects, by Merrill A. Peterson. 2018. (Photo)
Celebrating Wisconsin People: 2019 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. 2018. (Poem)
With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice, by Dorothy Marcic. 2018. (Essay on his best friend's suicide and a photo)
You Can Help: A Guide for Family and Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault, by Rebecca Street. 2016. (Survivor story)
Local Ground(s): Midwest Poetics, by Sarah Busse and Cowfeather Press. 2014. (Essay on art as political resistance)
The Most Extreme Bugs, by Animal Planet. 2007 (Photo)
Wisconsin 24/7, by DK Press, part of the America 2/47 book series. 2004. (Multiple photos)
Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, 2001, by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. 2001. (Poem)
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