About the National Association for Poetry Therapy

The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Inc. (NAPT) is a nonprofit international and interdisciplinary organization promoting growth and healing through written language, symbol and story. NAPT members have forged an energetic community of healers, educators and other helping professionals who value the applications of words and language.

NAPT includes members from a wide range of disciplines, and writers of all styles, including poets, journal keepers, storytellers and songwrit­ers. Our community includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family thera­pists, educators, librarians/information specialists, nurses, physicians, occupational and recreational therapists and clergy.

We work in many settings where people deal with personal, interpersonal and community chal­lenges. We are found in prisons, support groups, schools, inpatient and day-hospitals, Veterans’ Administration clinics, etc. We work with people of all ages, whether in crisis or searching for wider avenues of growth. We exist where literary art and healing intersect.

NAPT represents the language-oriented branch of expressive arts therapies.


A Message to Our Members

We are committed to providing you the service you deserve as a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). We appreciate you and encourage you to communicate with us! Please contact our Administrator via e-mail at naptadmin@poetrytherapy.org. If you have questions about membership please contact us at naptmembership@poetrytherapy.org.

The NAPT mailing address is:

PO Box 98259
Des Moines, WA 98198

Thank you for being a member of NAPT. We look forward to serving you this membership year.

Has your contact information changed?

If so, please send all changes of address, phone, e-mail, etc., to our Membership Chair at naptmembership@poetrytherapy.org.


We want to thank our Regional Representatives who are helping to raise NAPT’s visibility and promote membership in NAPT! 

They help by disseminating information on the richly varied field of poetry/bibliotherapy by networking with individuals, organizations and/or institutions that are engaged in the areas of education, mental health, health care, creative arts expression, spiritual development, and/or social justice advocacy.

Please contact a representative in your area, if you have questions and/or wish to get more involved.  We welcome your involvement and participation!

Current NAPT Regional Representatives List


Nancy Scherlong nscherlonglcsw@gmail.com - Connecticut
Sherry Reiter sherryreiter@yahoo.com - New York & Laura Santner lacre8iv@yahoo.com - New York
Robin Rosado rrosado84@hotmail.com - Bronx, New York
Lorrieann Geyer   glorrieann@gmail.com - New Jersey
Beth Couture   bcouture@uarts.edu   - Pennsylvania
Deborah Ross debrosslpc@gmail.com - Baltimore/Washington D.C. Area
Catherine Tanquis cftang58@gmail.com - Louisiana
Irania Patterson Iraniapatterson@yahoo.com - North Carolina
Jennifer Graham jlgraham454@gmail.com - Southeastern Virginia
Dail Duncan dailduncan@gmail.com - Ohio
Sharon L. Bippus sbipp@yahoo.com - Texas
Beth Jacobs jacobsbethpen@gmail.com   - Illinois (Chicago)
Geri Chavis   ggchavis@stkate.edu    - Minnesota & Alison Johnson joh07504@umn.edu   - Minnesota
Colleen Brezny cbrezny@midco.net – South and North Dakota
Carrie Vestal Gilman carrie5280@gmail.com - Colorado (Denver Area)
Danielle Dubrasky dubrasky@suu.edu   - Utah & Scott Sorensen sorensen_s@suu.edu - Utah
Perie Longo perie@west.net & Cynthia Kelvin cyndikelvin@gmail.com
                         -- Central California, Los Angeles & Santa Barbara)
Meral Omurtag  omurtag@sbcglobal.net - California (San Diego)
Jenna Robinson jennalr90@gmail.com   - San Francisco/ Northern California
Jazmin Hamilton jazshantal@gmail.com   - Oregon

Outside of the U.S.

Lowen Clarke lowenclarke@iprimus.com.au & Robyn Youl robynyoul@gmail.com – Melbourne/Victoria, Australia
Andrea Bramberger Andrea.Bramberger@phsalzburg.at   - Austria