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Giving Sorrow Words
The Healing Fountain
The Museletter
Journal of Poetry Therapy


Giving Sorrow Words:
Anthology-Resource in Use Nationwide

Giving Sorrow Words is an outgrowth of the many poems received and posted by the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT) in September, 2001. The organization received such positive feedback to poems posted on its website that it decided to produce an anthology in print.

The collection was edited by publication chair, Karen vanMeenen of Rochester NY, and special projects chair, Charlie Rossiter of Oak Park, IL, along with Kathleen Adams who provided the Preface. The NAPT Foundation funded the first printing of 2000 copies. The Taub foundation and individual donors funded the second printing.

The anthology includes original poems by internationally renowned poets such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, Robert Bly, Lucille Clifton, Denise Levertov, Naomi Shihab Nye and others. It also includes a guide for individuals and helping professionals which explains how reading, discussing and writing poetry can be beneficial for healing and personal growth. Finally, the book concludes with brief commentary and writing activities tied to each individual poem.

For poetry selection criteria and how this volume has been used thus far, please click here.

The book is being distributed at a cost of $7.00 per book including shipping; NAPT members may purchase it for $6.00 per book including shipping. Single copies may be ordered using our secure shopping cart; simply click the appropriate button below.

Processing may take 4-6 weeks. Credit card orders may be placed through the link to our shopping cart (below). To order with check or money order (made payable to NAPT) send your written request, including number of copies, to:

c/o Dottie Joslyn
1403 E Dunkirk St
Springfield, MO 65804

Giving Sorrow Words Anthology
(General public / Non-members)
$7.00 (includes shipping)
Giving Sorrow Words Anthology
(NAPT Members)
$6.00 (includes shipping)

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The Healing Fountain

The Healing Fountain, edited by Geri Chavis and Lila Weisberger, is a rich and brilliant compendium of how poetry heals across the life span.

Its ten chapters are written by 17 of the leading poetry therapists practicing today. An invaluable resource for anyone who uses poetry for healing in their personal or professional lives -- and good reading, besides!

Order Healing Fountain on-line by using the buttons below:

The Healing Fountain
(For shipment to U.S.)
$30.00 (includes shipping)
The Healing Fountain
(For shipment outside U.S.)
$35.00 (includes shipping)

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The Museletter

The Museletter, published 3 times a year, is the official newsletter of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and contains: 

  • news of upcoming events
  • book reviews
  • profiles of members
  • news of related creative therapies, such as art, music, drama and dance therapy
  • calls for submissions
  • articles about poetry therapy in action
  • scholarship and grant opportunities through the NAPT Foundation
  • many different kinds of opportunities to study poetry therapy
  • poems
  • lists of regional representatives and networking news

Submissions to The Museletter should be written succinctly, typed, and emailed to Karen vanMeenen, MA, CAPF at

Other Inquiries:
All other (non-editorial) inquiries should be emailed to us via our contact page.

Read Excerpts
Selections from The Museletter are now available on our web site. Just click "The Museletter" in the list to the right, and enjoy!

Subscription is free with NAPT membership.

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Journal of Poetry Therapy:
The Interdisciplinary Journal of 
Practice, Theory, Research, and Education 

The Journal of Poetry Therapy (JPT), The Journal of Poetry Therapy (JPT), sponsored by the National Association for Poetry Therapy, is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal committed to the publication of original articles concerned with the use of the language arts in therapeutic, educational, and community-building capacities. Research (qualitative and quantitative), practice (clinical and education), theoretical, and literary studies are emphasized. The intended audience for JPT includes those in the allied helping professions; as well as those in literary/artistic fields with a concern for the healing/therapeutic aspects of the language, symbol, and story..

If you are interested in contributing an article to the Journal of Poetry Therapy, please see “Call for Papers” noted below. Authors of articles  retain the right to reprint as long as the proper copyright notice appears (e.g., reprinted from the Journal of Poetry Therapy, Vol #, No #, p. #).

The Journal of Poetry Therapy includes reviews of books of interest to poetry therapists. Of special interest are thematic poetry anthologies that deal with personal issues and experiences, as well as books about any aspect of the therapeutic use of literature and writing. Please note, however, that due to space limitations, chapbooks and self-published poetry books will not be considered. To be considered for review, please contact:

Karen vanMennen
Book Review Editor
Journal of Poetry Therapy

A subscription to the Journal of Poetry Therapy is included with NAPT membership. Individual subscriptions are available and members are encouraged to invite libraries and professional organizations to subscribe.

Call for Papers:

The Journal of Poetry Therapy: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research, and Education (Promoting Growth and Healing Through Language, Symbol, and Story) ( is an interdisciplinary journal seeking manuscripts on the use of the language arts in therapeutic, educational, and community-building capacities. The Journal purview includes bibliotherapy, healing and writing, journal therapy, narrative therapy, and creative expression. The Journal welcomes a wide variety of scholarly articles including theoretical, historical, literary, clinical, practice, education, and evaluative studies. All manuscripts will be submitted for blind review to the JPT editorial board. Maximum length of full-length articles is 30 pages (typed, double-spaced, nonsexist language). Style should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). All articles must be original material, not previously published or soon to be published elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format (MS Word) as an e-mail attachment to the editor:

Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., Dean and Professor
Editor, Journal of Poetry Therapy
Florida State University
College of Social Work
2505 University Center-C
296 Champions Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2570

Subscription information:

The Journal of Poetry Therapy is published by Taylor and Francis. For complete journal and subscription information, please follow this link to the journal's home page on the Taylor and Francis web site:

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