Journal Joplin


As we come upon the fifth anniversary of a tornado that claimed 161 lives, we pause to reflect on not only those lives lost, but also the many changes that Joplin has moved through since 2011.

Journal Joplin! offers an opportunity for 161 community leaders, citizens and ex-patriots to record their thoughts on Joplin’s progress and challenges that have brought the community to this anniversary.  Journal writers can create poetry, art or just journal their thoughts and feelings over the course of two months, as they individually prepare for the anniversary weekend.

We believe participating in this journaling activity can help with continued healing from a traumatic event, bring closure and provide a creative way to remember and release.

Once your journal is complete we ask that you return it by May 22 where it will be catalogued and archived at the Joplin Public Library for future remembrance.

Contact Ann Leach to participate or for more information at