This Poem Saved My Life Today: An Elevation of Voice & Verse

October 17, 2023

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“The (re)humanization of health & healthcare has no technical solution, it fundamentally requires the poet’s voice.” -w/homage to Garrett Hardin

This community of practice will introduce participants to the basics of life supporting poetics, including the vitalizing role of both written verse & spoken word for reviving speaker and listener.

Designed to build participants’ confidence in the practice of the poet’s essential skills of inspiration, form, prosody, and authenticity, the workshop will offer opportunities to explore how poetry helps to restore the breath, find the pulse, and elevate the voice.

Together we will co-create life sustaining rhythms, connect with the senses, and share & hear each other’s work using the spontaneous poetic circulation (ROSPC) techniques we learn about.

***Please note: This event is limited to 25 participants. If you are unable to participate, please go to “tickets” under your Eventbrite account and release the ticket so someone else can use it.***

Facilitator Bio

Becoming Christopher Headshot

Christopher is a writer, spoken word poet, co-founder of the online creative community “The Heart Union” and founder of SNAPS Poetry Society in Nanaimo, BC. He performed on the national stage as a finalist at the 2022 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, and published his first poetry collection “we could be doing something right” in 2022. His personal development and experiences with mental illness bring both passion and inspiration to his writing.

Adam Hoverman Headshot

Dr. Adam Hoverman is a Family Medicine Physician at Wellington Medical Clinic in Nanaimo, BC, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, and Board Member/Facilitator Trainer with the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative. Adam completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota, and Preventive Medicine Residency and Masters in Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Founded on a interest in population health and a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, his research has encompassed health worker capacitation, community participation for maternal and child health in Ecuador and Peru, and the role of shared medical appointments for achieving the quadruple aim. Following in the footsteps of Clyde Hertzman’s biological embedding and social causation of disease and ill-health, Adam’s more recent efforts focus on the co-design, co-creation, and co-production of health and social care for population health improvement.

Event Details

October 17, 2023


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