Resources

An ever-expanding list of favorite resources and creative folk. All info is taken from their respective websites.

Adam Grossi: I’m an artist and a yoga practitioner. More specifically, I do some combination of painting, drawing, writing, chanting, breath-oriented movement, and contemplation. I teach aspects of yoga practice at Tejas Yoga and in various other locations across Chicago.

Amherst Writers & Artists: AWA is an international community of writing workshop leaders committed to the belief that a writer is someone who writes and that every writer has a unique voice. AWA trains writers to become workshop leaders so that they affirm that commitment in every AWA workshop, with novice writers who have been led to believe they have no voice and with experienced writers who want to hone their craft.

Caits Meissner: Caits Meissner is an award-winning poet, educator and vibrant creative force dedicated to transformation and healing through storytelling. For over ten years, Caits has extensively facilitated youth and adults in poetry and multi-media expression in prisons, schools and community centers, and has worked long-term instituting innovative arts education programming.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg: The 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is a poet, writer, and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches. She facilitates community writing workshops widely, and with singer Kelley Hunt, Brave Voice writing and singing retreats.

Cave Canem: Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. 

City of Asylum: City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. We offer a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange. We anchor neighborhood economic development by transforming blighted properties into homes for these programs and energizing public spaces through public art with text-based components.

HEArt Journal Online: The nation’s only online journal of literature and art devoted to fighting discrimination and promoting social justice brings you contemporary work by self-identified artist activists.

Madwomen in the Attic: The Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops are semester-long creative writing workshops that are open to undergraduates and community writers. Taught by working writers, these small, supportive, and intergenerational workshops allow participants to develop and strengthen their creative voices in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Seema Reza: Seema Reza is a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, DC, where she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries.

SGI Quarterly: The SGI Quarterly magazine aims to highlight initiatives and perspectives on peace, education and culture, providing a forum for a diverse range of contributors to share their insights, wisdom and expertise. 

The Sun Magazine: The Sun is an independent, ad-free monthly magazine that for forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. The Sun celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in its pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet those challenges.

Three Rivers Community Foundation: Three Rivers Community Foundation (TRCF) advances social change through grantmaking, advocacy, and capacity development for grassroots and other organizations. TRCF embraces and practices Change, not charity™ by empowering grantee organizations to ensure social, economic, and environmental justice in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Transformative Language Arts Network: The TLA Network exists to support and promote individuals and organizations that use the spoken, written, or sung word as a tool for personal and community transformation. As such, the Network is committed to providing spaces, both physical and electronic, where people interested in Transformative Language Arts can share resources, network, learn, and enhance their capacity to practice Transformative Language Arts as Right Livelihood in their communities.

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide for Caring for Self While Caring for Others: This book is written for anyone who is doing work with an intention to make the world more sustainable and hopeful—all in all, a better place—and who, through this work, is exposed to the hardship, pain, crisis, trauma, or suffering of other living beings or the planet itself.

VONA/Voices: The only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation brings writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored.

Writers of Color: We aim to create more visibility for writers of color, ease their access to publications, and build a platform that is both easy for editors to use and accurately represents the writers. 

Writing Ourselves Whole: Writing Ourselves Whole offers transformative writing workshops, using the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, in the service of transforming trauma and/or struggles around sexuality into art, and creating spaces in which individuals may come to recognize the artist/writer within.

A Year of Being Here: We post a mindfulness poem, usually by a contemporary or recent poet, every day of the year. (note: website no longer updates, all past poems are archived)

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