National Association for Poetry Therapy 38th Annual Conference

National Association for Poetry Therapy
38th Annual Conference
April 26-29, 2018

Poetry Therapy in a Changing World:
Pathways to Growth, Healing, and Social Justice

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, MN.


  • Thursday Opening Event: Michael Dennis Browne, Distinguished Poet, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota
  • Friday Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., PTR,  Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Florida State University College of Social Work 
  • Saturday Keynote Poet: Sierra DeMulder, Two-time National Poetry Slam champion and  author 
  • Saturday Closing Event: Ovation, an Ensemble of One Voice Mixed Chorus, building community and creating social change by raising their voices in song


The Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota, is a beautiful retreat center that has 130 acres of natural beauty surrounding Lake McKnight.   Located just 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport, the property has everything needed for an idyllic retreat.

Proposals submissions that relate to our overall theme will be accepted after September 15th. The deadline for proposal submission is October 20th.  Please check the NAPT website at  for proposal guidelines and requirements, as well as other information pertaining to the conference which will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


Another way to receive a conference registration discount is to volunteer at the Registration Table, and/or the Book Sale.  Participants who choose to volunteer will not only be helping NAPT at the conference, but also receiving $15 per hour off of their registration up to $60.  Please contact Barbara Kreisberg at if you might be interested in volunteering.

Past NAPT Annual Conferences

Reaching New Heights: Following your Poetic Journey

Denver, CO April 6-9 2017

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Converging in the Heartland: Poetic Expression for Healing Mind, Body and Soul

Kansas City, MO April 14-17 2016

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Blue Ridge Reflections: Word-Paths for Growth and Healing

Asheville NC April 23-26 2015

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Oasis in the Southwest: Reflection and Renewal through Expressive Writing and Poetry

Scottsdale AZ April 24-27 2014

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Standing on the Shore: Glimpsing New Horizons

Chicago IL April 11-14 2013

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Writing the Winds of Change

Chicago IL April 26-29 2012

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Looking Forward, Looking Back, Coming Home: Celebrating Thirty Years of Promoting Growth and Wellness through Language, Symbol, and Story

Washington DC April 7-11 2010

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Embracing Poetic Expression: Creative Pathways for Self, Community, and the World

Washington DC April 15-19 2009

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Reaching Out/Reaching In: Expressive Writing for Healing, Growth, and Well-being

Minneapolis, MN April 2-6 2008

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Growth & Healing through Language, Symbol and Story

Portland, OR April 17-22 2007

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From Our Roots to the Present: Liberating Voices through Poetry Therapy

Boston, MA April 19-23 2006

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Gateway to Wholeness: Poetry Therapy for the Individual, Family, and Community

St. Louis, MO 2005

The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy

Costa Mesa, CA 2004

Diving Into Language: A Multicultural Journey in Poetic Healing

Miami, FL 2003

Emerging Landscapes: Poetic Visions and Vistas

Denver, CO 2002