Meet Ronna

Ronna Bloom is a poet, speaker, psychotherapist, and author of five books. Her poems have been broadcast on the CBC, displayed in public spaces, recorded by the CNIB, and translated into Spanish and Bengali.

Ronna speaks and writes at corporate events, leads organizational retreats, runs workshops, and coaches writing to those who are passionate but can’t put their passion into words. She brings twenty years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Poetry Goes to Work is Ronna’s approach to change rooted in self-expression and inspiration. She is currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Ronna has performed with Juno award-winning musician Jayme Stone. A one minute film based on the poem “Grief Without Fantasy” was made by filmmaker Midi Onodera and screened in the Official Selection at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. Ronna’s most recent book, Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement (Pedlar Press, 2012) was shortlisted for The Relit Award.

 

Ronna Bloom is a writer, psychotherapist, teacher, and author of five books of poetry.
Her poems have been broadcast on CBC, recorded by the CNIB, and translated into Spanish and Bengali.

Ronna has a M.Ed in Counselling Psychology. She practiced as a psychotherapist at the University of Toronto Counselling and Learning Skills Services for 12 years, and has had a private practice for over 20 years. In that time, she has also written and taught poetry, performed and published.

In 2008, Ronna developed the Poet in Community programme at the University of Toronto, bringing poetry to students, staff and faculty as a way to connect their learning and their daily lives. The events and workshops she still leads there, have gathered groups and individuals from all disciplines, addressing their needs, passions and interests through poetry, creativity and self-expression.

She is a frequent guest in university faculties of Nursing, Public Health, Psychiatry, and in Inter-professional Education workshops and brings twenty years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Ronna is currently the Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital where she offers health care professionals, patients, and visitors opportunities to articulate their experiences, through the practice of reflective writing and poetry.

She developed Rx for Poetry, in which she prescribes poems on the spot, and takes them to hospital waiting rooms, conferences and independent bookstores. Rx for Poetry, and The Spontaneous Poetry Booth, offer those who may be shy around poetry an accessible and immediate encounter with a poem and its power to articulate what has not yet been said.

Her most recent book, Cloudy With A Fire in the Basement (Pedlar Press, 2012) was shortlisted for The Relit Award. She edited the anthology Take As Needed: Poems and Reflections from the Halls, Coffee Shops, Board Rooms and Waiting Rooms of Mount Sinai Hospital.