Ronna Bloom's poem "The City" installed by PLANT Architects on King Street in Toronto
May
16
to Sep 1

Ronna Bloom's poem "The City" installed by PLANT Architects on King Street in Toronto

  • "The City" a poem painted on King Street (map)
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Asphalt Poetry

In collaboration with PLANT Architects, my poem "The City" has been painted on King Street as part of the King Street Pilot Project. 

Here's what PLANT says: Poetry needs to be read more than once. Read a little today, then a little more tomorrow. Read it all at once. Or savour only some of the words today, and a few more tomorrow. Read it while you are walking. Read it while you are cycling. Read it while you are on the streetcar, fleetingly. Asphalt Poetry is both a ground mural and a performance collaboration. The poem The City by Ronna Bloom is presented on the ground – able to be read from the north and the south, at different speeds, words intermingling. "The City" will be on view throughout the summer.

King Street West at Brant Street (Just west of Spadina)

The City

A network of roads spreads finely
through fields, between tower blocks
and building sites, it spins
through highways and downtowns
and downtowns. Dangerous neighbourhoods
await arteries. Maps
the city Toronto to the city Dublin to the city London.
All converge.
Circle road, Ring road.

I am going out all the exits on the highway
at the same time. Mapping
a leg to a shoulder, a memory to a hill, a blue vein
to an arm. Cross
sections of past. Yonge Street meets
King north of Piccadilly Circus
like a skin graft. Major intersections
cross the body. 

I don’t know where I’m going and the city
calls to my voices, my limbs,
all my uncertain directions, saying:
Lie down in the not knowing.
Lie down in me.
 

Ronna Bloom, Fear of the Ride (McGill-Queen's Press, 1996)

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Narrative Healthcare Atelier Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute 
Jun
1
to Jun 4

Narrative Healthcare Atelier Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute 

Narrative Healthcare Atelier Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute 

Visiting Keynote Speaker: Ronald M. Epstein, MD

Course Directors: Allan Peterkin, MD & Michael Roberts, MD

Canada's Only Advanced Training Seminar in Narrative-based Healthcare for Health Practitioners and Educators across Clinical Disciplines

Explore and reflect critically on your clinical practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning.  This 4 day workshop is designed to help you improve outcomes and to humanize your experiences within complex healthcare contexts. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.

This intensive, interactive atelier will apply narrative theory and reflective practice in the contexts of interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education.  It aims to:  enliven your engagement and collaboration as clinicians and educators from all disciplines; support best practices as teachers, clinicians and lifelong learners; transform the paradigm of your daily professional practice with a renewed commitment to the core values of humanistic healthcare.

I will be joining my amazing colleagues to present a workshop at this conference. "Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form"  will be offered on June 4.

Register here.

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Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage

Join editors Fiona Tinwei Lam and Jane Silcott as they launch their new anthology "Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage" alongside a long list of Toronto-local contributors! Come to Ben McNally at 366 Bay Street and enjoy yourself in the company of sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always engaging poetry and nonfiction prose.

Readers for this event include: Ayelet Tsabari, Eufemia Fantetti, Maureen Hynes, Ronna Bloom, Samra Zafar, Maureen Scott Harris, Lauren McKeon, Lorri Nielsen Glenn, Donna Besel, Susan Olding, Gina Leola Woolsey as well as Fiona Tinwei Lam and Jane Silcott.

Free admission. Books available for sale & signing. Bring friends!

 

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Exploring Spiritual Landscapes though the Arts
Apr
25
to Apr 28

Exploring Spiritual Landscapes though the Arts

The Canadian Association for spiritual Care Conference is being held from April 25-28 in Deerhurst, Ontario. Among the robust selection of arts-based workshops presented, I will be offering "Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form" twice on April 26.  Keynote speakers are Dr. Allan Peterkin and Dr. Luis Fornazarri.

Deerhurst Resort, Deerhurst Ontario

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Cancelled --- Why Are You So Scared? & Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine, and Shocks of Mortality
Apr
5
5:00 PM17:00

Cancelled --- Why Are You So Scared? & Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine, and Shocks of Mortality

 

This event has been cancelled due to an emergency in the family of one of the participants. We hope to reschedule when we can be together with poetry. 

 

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We are grateful to The League of Canadian Poets and The Canada Council for Arts for their support of this program. 

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Reading poems and joining conversations in Beijing, China
Mar
15
to Mar 20

Reading poems and joining conversations in Beijing, China

The International Festival of Authors is taking a delegation of writers to  The Bookworm Literary Festival and I have the complete honour of being part of this group.

The festival will host journalists, novelists, graphic artists, poets, and playwrights from around the world. 

I'll be in three events:

POETS FOR THE PEOPLE  with Ifor ap Glyn, Dai Weina, Ronna Bloom  

POETS AND POETRY IN EDUCATION with Marcel Gauthier, Scot Slaby, Chen Bo, Ronna Bloommoderated by Simon Shieh

and in CANADA DIVERSE with fellow Canadians Shari Lapena, Sylvain Neuvel

My aim is to stay awake, and to write a few words each day, sharing them here in the news section or tweeting them via @ronnabloom. This, of course assumes, I'll have internet, data, words etc. Stay tuned. 

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Be Good to Yourself Whoever You Are: Workshop for Pain Awareness Week
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Be Good to Yourself Whoever You Are: Workshop for Pain Awareness Week

Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

Often in work, and in life, energy moves towards projects and people but there’s little left for your own restoration ­–– especially for those living with chronic pain. In this workshop, through the use of poems and prompts, you will be nudged into writing and reflecting on what sustains you, what you love and what you need. Take this time for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general.

Note that this workshop does not focus on pain or pain management, rather uses writing as a way to express and support the experiences we have when we're in pain and in life in general. 

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