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Here is where I feel something beyond what I know. That something is different than my capacity to let—something meets me in the act of letting and welcomes my willingness. Like the invisible current in a river, poetry as healer has a pull larger than myself. I feel this work comes as a calling, and that call is far beyond my doing. That current and that call only asks this of me: that I pay attention.
— John Fox, "Poetry's Call: An Exploration of Let and Letting"
John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,) and Holy Names University, Oakland. He taught for twenty years as adjunct at John F. Kennedy University – first through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and then since 1997 in the Arts & Consciousness Department.
John's work reaches:
He has presented in all regions of the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Kuwait and Canada. In addition, his work influences people and poetry therapy practitioners in the Philippines, Greece, Lithuania, Iceland, Peru, Sicily, France and Japan. He conducts ongoing poetry groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and has led retreats: "The Nature of Poetry," on sacred Diné (Navajo) land in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.
John is an international leader in the movement of poetry therapy as expressive art and medicine. He served as president of National Association of Poetry Therapy in 2003- 2005. He received The National Association for Poetry Therapy's Distinguished Service Award in 1995. He left NAPT in 2005 to found The Institute for Poetic Medicine.
He attended Boston University and received his B.A. from Bard College in New York in 1977. It was during this time he met Ram Dass, a longtime spiritual friend and strong influence on his work. He trained with poetry therapy pioneer, Joy Shieman at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California from 1985 to 1988. (Click on Joy's name to learn more about John's training with her from an Kota Press Journal interview) John lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
People in therapeutic, healing, medical, teaching and pastoral professions benefit deeply and find practical support as they reconnect to the inner impulse that drew them to their professional calling while discovering inner resources that will sustain them in their daily lives.
John's work has especially touched people living with life altering illnesses. His workshops will be inspiring and uplifting for anyone with a desire to express their deeper truth and creativity.
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