Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and long listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her "Spontaneous Poetry Booth" and "RX for Poetry" have been featured in hospitals, fundraisers and local fairs in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com
Examples of Recent Presentations:
1. "The Reflecting Poem: What Can Poetry Do in Health Care? for Health Care Professionals
2. "Prescribing Poetry: Beyond the Body"
3. "Community Engagement through Poetry" different ways of bringing poetry to the public including its presence in hospitals, and through architecture.
If you're interested in a talk or keynote presentation, please contact me to discuss.
I offer a variety of workshops for schools, health care professionals and communities. No experience is required.
One example is Panic-Free Poetry an introduction to writing. See below for full description. And more themed wellness sessions such as Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are, Awake at Work and What if you didn't? and other questions to ask when you're exhausted.
Best to contact me to talk about your needs.
This workshop is designed to take the anxiety out of poetry. Through poems and exercises, you will be encouraged to write a few short pieces that give form to your own feelings, experiences and concerns. In this session, you will hear poems that show how poetry comes from ordinary life, learn 5 rules for writing and write one or two short pieces.