Resources for Poets


Poets On-Line

Offers inspiration and the the opportunity to try writing a poem to a monthly
writing prompt

Poetry Daily

An anthology of contemporary poetry. Each day, they bring you a new poem from new books, magazines, and journals.

Poetry Foundation

Resources for teaching poetry.

The Writer’s Almanac

Poems, prose, and literary history from Garrison Keillor.

Poetry Chaikhana

Created by Ivan Granger – superb and enormous collection of spiritual poetry.

Poem Hunter

Poems from different poets all around the world. Thousands of poems and poets. Search for poems and poets using the Poetry Search Engine.

The most popular publicly-funded poetry website, with tens of millions of visits each year.

Database for Poets

Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine



Websites of Board and Advisory Members


Barbara Hazard, Artist and Poet

Offers painting, poetry, quilts and needlework.

Jim Fadiman offers a deeper understanding of the uses of sacred substances, teaching and consulting,  photography and the writing of fiction and non-fiction.   Jim says: “The work most worth doing for me has been helping myself and others remember how interwoven we are with the rest of the natural world.”  Jim serves as Treasurer for IPM.

Geoff Oelsner offers poetry, song, writings on the natural world and the healing spirit of a very gifted psychotherapist.  His wife Leslie Berman Oelsner offers the gift of exquisite photography.

Write to the Heart with Ray McGinnis — Ray, a long-time friend, does beautiful work, especially with reviving the spirit of the Psalms.  He is on the IPM Advisory Board and is the author of Writing the Sacred.


Other Web Sites We Highly Recommend

Our Heart Speaks ( gives voice to individuals who despite  living with a new disability have found both meaning and purpose in their lives, Through an online platform we are supporting an international patient stories project that welcomes the submission of transformative stories through a variety of artistic medium. Our Heart Speaks offers us a window into the power of the human spirit to flourish despite enormous medical challenges. We support educational opportunities, research and collaboration with others, in order to provide a resource that will educate and inspire patients, caregivers and health care providers.

ChainFree Living Transformational Guidance Services and its free Community Forum assists individuals in consciously reconnecting with their true self nature in support of emotionally honest, authentic, embodied living. ChainFree Living is founded by Rebecca C. Mandeville, MA, MACP, MFT.

Joy Resor has created something genuine and so necessary on our culture — a very generous sense of joy that is inclusive and responsive to human needs. I encourage you to check out her site.

WordSPA:  Spirituality, Poetry, and Appreciation.  Kim Langley,  living in my hometown of Cleveland, OH, has created a dedicated ministry in this beautifully diverse field of poetry-as-healer, and I encourage you to learn more about Kim and this work.

Art Well is a center located in Philadelphia PA that brings the arts to people. Cathy Cohen, Director of  We the Poets, has been a friend of John and IPM for a very long time! They are tremendously inspiring for their ecumenical welcome

Focusing & Expressive Arts Institute integrates Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing with the expressive arts. It was developed over a period of 30 years by Dr. Laury Rappaport, Ph.D, ATR-BC, REAT.

Connie Smith Siegel offers in her art something so similar to poetry as healer.   You’ll see this in her books Spirit of Color, Spirit of Drawing and the Healing Spirit of Drawing and Color.

The Global Alliance for Arts & Health represents through advocacy and supports through funding the profession of  bringing art into health care settings.  It holds national and regional conferences.

Art from Ashes is committed to this mission: to empower struggling youth by providing creative programs that facilitate health and hope through expression, connection and transformation.  The Director, Catherine Thorne O’Neill says this about her work:  "I work with young people who have been hurt by life and who are angry or sad about it. I help them write poetry about how powerful they are and that the world also can be beautiful, so they don't believe life is all about being hurt."

Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University  has an expansive outreach program that is very in tune with poetry as a healing and transformational experience and process.  David Hassler is the visionary director.  John’s poem (lines from Lift the Banner) was featured in Wick’s 2011 Traveling Stanzas. To find out more about the work of the whole center visit their website.

Poesis is a fine journal dedicated to the therapeutic arts:


The Academy of Creative Healing Arts offers so much for mind, heart and soul.  Susan Sholle-Martin's work is a radiant example of the healing power of art and creativity. Susan knew me when I was five years old, she seven. I was best friends with her brother Dave.  We've stayed friends since and I am very happy to offer it to you here!

Tad Gielow Photography features the work of one of the most excellent photographers I know of. I met Tad Gielow some 15 years ago when he and his wife Judy attended a retreat I was leading on the sacred grounds at Canyon de Chelly, Since that time Tad and I have led about 12 weeklong retreats at Canyon de Chelly, with the welcome of our Din\'e9 friends. Tad is a magnificent photographer and he has opened up many people's eyes to the beauty of creation. I hope you will explore this site. —John Fox

Mary Elizabeth Hoffman offers very deep work.  I met her through my teaching at the Sophia Center for Culture and Spirituality.

Concentric Media is an independent media production company. Their films document stories of individuals and communities working toward social justice, human rights and personal growth.  I first encountered the remarkable work of Dorothy Fadiman in 1978 when I friend in Cleveland Heights, OH screened her classic film Radiance.  It was seven years later that I met her in Menlo Park, CA and she became a friend.

Chronic Resilience features the lovely and deep work of Danea Horn.  She offers something that is so needed for people who live with chronic illness.  Danea is the daughter of my good friend John Foos who has help to coordinate workshops in the San Diego area for nearly 15 years.  John has been leading monthly poetic medicine groups for many years.

Finding the Gold Within probes what it means to be young, Black, male and ‘other.’ The project comes with a rare kind of intimate access—an unusual opportunity. It initiated in me the filmmaker a clear, strong vision: young black men who have been prepared and are ready to navigate the world in self-affirming and stereotype-defying ways. It seems the right time to look deeper, to give voice to those marginalized; we all know the abysmal statistics. So let’s start listening to their stories.” ~ Karina Epperlein

Founded in 1964, California Poets in the Schools is one of the largest literary artists-in-residence programs in the nation. We encourage students throughout California to recognize and celebrate their creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative poetry writing process. CPITS serves 25,000 students annually in hundreds of public and private schools, juvenile halls, after-school programs, hospitals, and other community settings.

From humble beginnings, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine has grown into one of the largest comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in existence. Starting with two volunteer visual artists working on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Arts in Medicine now has 16 paid artists in all art disciplines working in six separate buildings throughout the UF Health system, covering the Gainesville and Jacksonville communities.  Our programs are designed to transform the hospital experience for patients, visitors, caregivers and staff.

The Center for Arts in Medicine, located in Asheville, NC, creates innovative programs that utilize the arts as a vehicle for change in individuals, groups and communities where art experiences are the catalyst for healing and transformation.  The Center works with a diversity of people who are suffering from life challenging illnesses, including cancer patients, children and their family members, and Veteran populations, including returning Veterans, family members of Veterans, and Veterans who are homeless.

At The Word Project (TWP), we are committed to assisting individuals and communities in their journey toward wholeness, using words and art as catalysts for self-discovery and expression.  The Word Project is led by Jacinta V. White who has been a IPM poetry partner.




Poetry Therapy Resources


The International Academy for Poetry Therapy is a credentialing organization training Poetry Therapy Practitioners (PTP). The iaPOETRY is committed to maintaining quality standards while providing training under highly qualified mentors. The iaPOETRY trainees are from all over the world: Japan to Mexico, from Wales to New Zealand, learning the healing benefits of poetry therapy and bibliotherapy.

Claire Williamson has been interested in ‘Writing for Therapeutic Purposes’ for nearly twenty years.  She teaches at the Metanoia Institute.  More about Claire

Life Speaks Poetry Therapy provides insight and guidance for people of all ages seeking an outlet through expressive writing.

The founder of Life Speaks, Jennie Chapman Linthorst, offers a full range of programs – including a class series for parents of special needs children.

The Korean Institute for Poetry Therapy offers a beautiful expression of this healing art. Founded and led by Dr. So Young Choi who is the Korean translator of Poetic Medicine.

Bahareh Amidi is doing ground breaking work in poetry therapy the United Arab Emirates and throughout the Middle East.

The mission of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.



Institutions Where John Teaches


The Sophia Center for Culture and Spirituality creates an international learning community that undertakes with integrity and depth the redeeming work of our time and the historical mission to which all humanity is called: the "Great Work" of our generation of transforming the entire cultural paradigm to protect humanity and the planet from destruction while encouraging a new era of well-being for the entire Earth Community. I have regularly taught at the Sophia Center since 2005.

Expressive Arts Therapy at California Institute for Integral Studies integrates a thorough education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy.  I have taught a course in poetry therapy in EXA at CIIS since 2000.






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