Poetry Heals Ongoing Public Events

Here’s a useful list of our ongoing public events at Poetry Heals. Some are online, and some are in person. Please contact us with any questions you may have!

Poetry and Pottery

Poetry and Pottery is a mainstay of summer in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It is a fantastic partnership between local potter Mark Wong, the City of Manitou Springs, local businesses, and Poetry Heals. During summer months, we meet weekly in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs to bring our poetry and local artist Mark Wong‘s potters’ wheels and traveling kiln to the public. Thanks to a generous grant from the Manitou Art, Culture and History fund and soup from the Tava Food Truck at Sunwater Spa, we’re able to nourish the body and soul of some of Manitou Springs’ unhoused residents while providing free art experiences. Poetry and Pottery serves as a favorite stop for locals and tourists, too. Poetry and Pottery brings all three populations together to promote tolerance and understanding.

Poetry On Pottery

When the COVID pandemic hit and we could not host public events, Poetry Heals and Wong Wares created Poetry ON Pottery. We handed out balls of class at the Manitou Art Center, provided online instruction in making clay trays for writing on and online poetry workshops, then participants brought their finished pieces back to the MAC where they were glazed and fired. The finale was a large display of all the pieces at the MAC for people to come claim their pieces. We will continue to do this project as the need and funds arise.

Front Range Fables

A new and exciting partnership with the Fine Arts Center Theater and the Bemis School of Art at Colorado College began in the summer of 2021, and we hope continues for many years. The theater produced three short plays for youth and performed all three of them outside at community centers throughout Colorado Springs and other venues. At the same time, the Bemis Art School and Poetry Heals provided 20-30 minute arts workshops between the plays performances.  Youth saw three plays and had two arts workshops in about two hours. Our poetry workshop were geared to the themes of the plays and we engaged youth of all ages – and their parents!

Online Poetry Workshops Open to All

Poetry Heals offers online workshops for all comers on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 PM Mountain Time. It an online meeting of minds through zoom. We include writing prompts and discussion. For those who wish to share, we give time to read the poems created during the workshop. Check our Facebook page for the link to join us or contact us at for more information.

In Person Workshop for All at the Penrose Library’s Knights of Columbus Hall

The library provides a wonderful, airy space and snacks for this weekly, Friday afternoon (2-4) workshop. The Knights of Columbus Hall adjoins the Penrose Library; the address is 20 W Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Click the link on the calendar to add this workshop to your calendar today! We would love to have you meet with us to write, talk, and share experiences.

Caring for Caregivers

In response to the stress of the pandemic on front line workers and caregivers, Poetry Heals created Caring for Caregivers as a 24/7/365 online resource. We have fill in the blank poems, writing prompts, DIY workshops, all available and all free. You can work online or download materials for later. This site is designed for people to spend 5 minutes or an hour, what every time you have to regroup and center. Click here to visit Caring for Caregivers!

Wish you guys did this year round!

— Stiks

Thank you. You guys made me feel better.

— Batman

What? This is free?

— Rocko

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