Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier
Nov
24
to Dec 21

Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier

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Rhinoceros: Luxury’s Fragile Frontier
An exhibition and symposium in a fragile city


This symposium and exhibition bring together an international group of artists, conservationists, poets, writers, and historians, who will explore the often surprising intersections between these two endangered objects of mass luxury consumption.

(Artwork by Nikki Kovesi)

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Freedom: Not Just Another Word
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Freedom: Not Just Another Word

I will be bringing poetry prescriptions and the poetry booth overseas this fall to join Freedom from Torture’s biennial literary event, FREEDOM: NOT JUST ANOTHER WORD.

Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes and Tracy Chevalier, creator of Girl with a Pearl Earring will be performing alongside Women’s Prize for Fiction-winner Kamila Shamsie (Home Fire) and the EBRD Prize-winning novelist and former Freedom from Torture client Burhan Sönmez (Istanbul Istanbul). Survivors of torture from our creative writing group Write to Life will be reading some of their own powerful and moving pieces about 'freedom'.

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BRAVE: The Festival of Risk and Failure
Jul
12
to Jul 30

BRAVE: The Festival of Risk and Failure

At Harbourfront Centre's Festival of Risk and Failure: BRAVE, I will be writing poems on the spot. I was asked: how does this fits with the theme of risk and failure?

You see a woman sitting in a chair with an empty chair beside her and a sign saying, Poet is Present. It says, "I will write you a poem on the subject of your choosing." Will you sit down? Will you ask for what you need? Will I open up and write what comes, not knowing if there'll be a poem, or if you'll like it? These, to me, are acts of bravery and risk. Play, freedom. We do what we're called to do, without knowing the outcome. And then let go.

Ronna Bloom, 2018


Saturday July 21 -->  3-4pm and 5:30-7pm
Sunday July 22 --> 2-3:30pm and 4:30-6pm
Saturday July 28 --> 11pm to 12:30am and then 1-2am. 
 

 

 

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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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