Poetry on the Streets, LLC
Everyone has a poem inside. Everyone has a story.
Poetry on the Streets' (POTS) Mission is to engage communities in creative expression, connect through sharing the voices of people from many different walks of life, and highlight our human experiences. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a poem inside.
POTS has evolved from an interactive public poetry writing experience designed to engage passersby in writing spontaneous poetry into a broader initiative of workshops and offerings to various community groups, providing spaces for self-expression and connection.
Poetry on the Streets has received recognition from National Arts Strategies as being chosen for their Creative Community Fellows program, and The Pollination Project, who supports global leaders in support of social change.
Human Experience on the Street: A Story. Set up on a street corner, at a bus stop, in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter, a jar of words, and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet. But every time, something very human occurs. Some approach Poetry on the Streets with trepidation; others dive right in; some decide to trust a stranger and take a risk. But every time, people express feeling better after writing their poems. People connect, share things they’ve never told anyone, laugh, cry, tell stories of their pasts, dreams for their futures. Many surprise themselves at their abilities and reflections typing out their feelings on the page. People write in their native languages; they write to one another, to long lost friends; they write for themselves. They take it with them to keep, they leave it behind for others to read. Many who've never written a poem, or say they can’t, do. We take a moment to pause. Express. Create. Connect. And then go on our way a little lighter.
Gallery Show: In 2017 when I started POTS, many people wanted to leave their poems with me and have their words shared with others.This became the impetus for Poetry on the Streets' first gallery show, displaying over one hundred poems alongside the people's photographs in Hartford, CT in Jan. 2020.
Essential Voices from the Pandemic 2020-2021: Providing a platform for expression in response to COVID-19. Work from this initiative also was displayed at Work_Space Gallery Show "Perspectives from a Pandemic"
The Poetry Bus Spring 2021: One of my long-time dreams to connect poetry + transit and empower young writers.
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My Story Matters- Teens
A creative writing workshop for teens. Poetry, short stories.
A poetry writing workshop for seniors based on the book "I Never Told Anybody" by Kenneth Koch.
Where I Come From
A storytelling workshop for immigrant families: parents, grandparents, or caregivers, with their children.
N4 Story Exchange
As a trained N4 facilitator, personal storytelling workshops aimed at increasing empathy and connection
Writing for Community Groups
Various custom designed workshops for various groups in the community including city workers; healthcare workers; veterans; corporations; schools; universities...
Corporate Creative Release
Mini-workshops for creative release aimed at reducing stress, clarifying mental state, and feeling of increased wellness at work
Yoga + Writing
For all abilities, gentle yoga movement combined with writing to release true creative expression
Customizable workshops available based on needs and requests for all populations.
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I'm also available as a guest speaker to come to university classrooms, schools, conferences, groups, etc...to discuss Poetry on the Streets, a public art project engaging people in storytelling and creative expression.
If interested, please contact me above for more info.