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Mil-Tree’s mission is to bring Veterans, Active Duty and Civilians together through arts and dialogue to help transform the wounds of war. Our vision is to provide safe space for veterans returning to civilian life so that they may gather, express, themselves and tell their stories in a non-judgmental environment. We do this through ongoing creative programs that engage veterans and their families, active military and the greater community.

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The Performers

Cooper Gillespie

When Crystal Came To Town / The Outlaw

Cooper was raised in the wettest parts of the Pacific Northwest. She escaped to California as soon as she was able and was overjoyed to discover the sun actually exists. It was when she landed in Landers, CA, however, that she knew she had found her forever home.

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Laura Hauther

Bombay Beach Rides Again

Laura Hauther moved to the desert from L.A. where she worked as a social worker, journalist, and activist for over 20 years. She now is a freelance journalist and writer focusing on social and economic justice issues.

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William Kelly

My Ode To Hal / Tired

Will Kelly is a Navy veteran, licensed clinical social worker, and singer/songwriter in San Diego, CA.  His last duty station in the Navy before separating in 2015 was Naval Hospital 29 Palms within the Marine Corps base there.  Will’s motivation to inspire others through music began in the High Desert

Ted Meyer

 Green Guy In A Tan World

Ted Meyer, Los Angeles Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate, who through artistic expression, chronicles the courage of people living with a variety of medical conditions.

Sarah Nocktonick

Dreamscapes and Doorways

Sarah Nocktonick is a Citizen Band Potawatomi, a professional massage Therapist, plant enthusiast, and amateur mixologist. Her love of creative writing and poetry began at age nine when she wrote her first haiku about a bee visiting a flower.

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Mia Torres

Desert Alchemy

At 18, while learning to frame houses and build decks, Mia Torres helped create The Big Sur Players. At the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Mia worked with many incredible acts including The Royal Shakespeare Company, which was a revelation. For 20 years, Mia was Technical Director for The LA Women’s Shakespeare Company.

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Mike Vail

One of the Lucky Ones

Mike Vail is a novelist, short story author and poet. His second book, High Desert Elegy: Stories & Poems, was just published. The Salvation of San Juan Cajon, his novel about the desperate struggle to construct a new high school in a poverty-stricken urban community, was published in 2018. Mike is also one of the nation’s leading school facility builders, having planned, financed and constructed over one billion dollars worth of projects during his career.

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Furstwurld is a limited-capacity nonprofit community venue in the high desert of Joshua Tree. This venue is dedicated to working in partnership with community and like-minded organizations to strengthen awareness, accessibility and deeper appreciation of art, ideas and cultures.

Cheryl Montelle

Co-Producer, Director and Host

Cheryl Montelle  is thrilled to host and curate Mil-Tree’s second online spoken word fundraiser. She is a writer whose stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, and performed in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and New York City. She created and hosted Desert Stories at the HDCC for 12 years, 14 shows. She has also produced similar shows in New York City and Los Angeles. Cheryl loves bringing community together and in 2012 she founded the veteran/ community non-profit, Mil-Tree. For more information go to


Robbi Robb

Co-Producer, Technical Director and Editor

Robbi, producer, editor and experimental musician has been involved with FurstWurld for 10 years, running sound, cameras, hosting and more.  Now focussed on transforming FurstWurld into a post production, recording and broadcasting facility for music, filming, photography and performing arts.  Live From Joshua Tree 2020 is the first of the newly transformed FurstWurld events to be filmed, edited and broadcast live from FurstWurld.


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