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.

Proposal submissions that relate to our overall theme will be accepted after September 15th. The deadline for proposal submission is October 23rd.

The CALL FOR PROPOSALS deadline has past.
We are no longer accepting any more proposals as we have reached our quota.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals by the October 23rd deadline!  We will be reviewing all proposals and decisions will be made by mid November.  All those that submitted proposals will be notified of their acceptances shortly after that.  
At our 2018 conference, we are introducing “Tracks” into the program. Please note that workshops do not need to fit neatly into one of these tracks; this is primarily a tool to help participants decide which workshops best fit their interests.

Clinical/Health Care Setting: for those interested in working in both mental health and medical professions

Educational Setting: for those interested in working in schools, universities, after-school programs, etc.

Social Justice: for those interested in working in community settings that address cultural diversity, gender identity, and social issues

Spirituality: for those interested in working in spiritual centers or pastoral care, or whose work has primarily a spiritual focus

Please fill out the Call for Proposal Form in its entirety and send it to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at

Once submitted, the Proposal Review Committee will review all proposals for content, relevance to the theme of the conference, organization, and clear presentation of workshop objectives. Each presenter’s qualifications and experience will also be taken into account. We will begin reviewing proposals after September 15th.  The DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 23RD!  Presenters will be notified of their acceptances by mid November.  We look forward to receiving your proposals!

NAPT Scholarships for Conference Registration

To encourage newcomers to our conference, we are offering up to eight scholarships of $250 each to first- time conference attendees. If you wish to apply, submit your name, e-mail, regular mailing address and major field of endeavor, along with a brief essay of no more than 500 words indicating your professional/educational links to poetry therapy and reasons for wishing to attend the NAPT conference. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018. If you have already registered you may still apply, and if you are awarded the scholarship, you will be reimbursed that amount. Applicants will be notified before March 1 of their acceptance. Please send all application letters to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at


Another way to receive a conference registration discount is to volunteer at the Registration Table.  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