Meet Ronna

 

Ronna Bloom is a poet, registered psychotherapist, (CRPO inactive) and author of six books of poetry. Her work has been broadcast on the CBC, recorded by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, translated into Bengali, Chinese and Bangla and shortlisted for several Canadian literary awards. 

Ronna runs workshops, coaches writers, and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, presence and health care. She writes and prescribes poems on the spot in her Rx for Poetry booths. She brings twenty years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Ronna created the Poet in Residence programme at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2012 and is Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme at U of T. She is also currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto. In these roles she offers students, staff, and health care professionals opportunities to articulate their experiences through poetry and reflective writing. She is a frequent guest speaker at universities, hospitals, community groups and institutions across Ontario.

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. In a collaboration with PLANT Architects, her poem "The City" was painted 30 meters long on King Street in Toronto for the summer of 2018.

Her most recent book, The More, (Pedlar Press 2017) was long-listed for The 2018 City of Toronto Book Awards.

 

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I’m not the sort of person who gets people in trouble.
But the trouble I’m in, we’re all in.
— Excerpt from 'The More'