Call for Proposals

The National Association for Poetry Therapy is accepting proposals for our upcoming 2023 Conference “Coming Together and Promoting Empowerment: Building Community Through Challenge and Change.”

The conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on March 29 - April 2, 2023.

The National Association for Poetry Therapy seeks to build and sustain a worldwide community providing a professional, international network for bringing growth, healing, communication, and collaborative learning into the world.

Our annual conference offers an extraordinary opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals to network, learn, and collaborate. At our conference, you will have the opportunity to attend exceptional sessions to expand your knowledge and professional development. Our Keynote Poets and Speakers represent both scholarship and relevance.

Directions for Submitting Proposal

1. There are two options for submitting your proposal:

a. ONLINE OPTION: You must have a google account to utilize this option. Complete the online proposal form at the bottom of this page and submit. Email your CV(s) to with the subject line “Call for Proposals 2023 and your name”. 


b. EMAIL OPTION: Download the proposal form either from here or that you received from one of our eblasts. Please email your completed proposal form in word format and your CV(s) to with the subject line “Call for Proposals 2023 and your name”.

2. We must receive your proposal form and CV(s) by Thursday, September 15, 2022.

3. Please read the following proposal form instructions before proceeding.

Proposal Form Instructions

  • Getting Started: If you are using the online option below, you may see a request to “switch accounts.” If you have multiple Gmail accounts, please sign out of the one you don't want to use and into the account you want to use for submitting your presentation proposal.  
  • Presenter Information-- There must be a "first presenter" for each proposal. This individual is responsible for obtaining and submitting all required information for all co-presenters included in the proposal. When you submit your proposal, you will be prompted to submit CVs for each presenter. Your proposal cannot be considered until we have all CVs.
  • Tracks -- Our conference features workshops in four tracks:

        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.

  • Print-Ready Session Description -- 125 -150 words. See examples of our previous session descriptions here.
  • Print-Ready Biography -- 150 - 200 words, written in 3rd person. See examples of our previous presenter biographies here.
  • Category of Workshop: Please consider the participation level of your proposed workshop. What percentage will it be lecture-based or didactic? Which percentage will be more interactive or experiential? If your workshop is approved, the workshop description on the website will include the amount of peer hours that can be credited towards certification with the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. This will be determined by NAPT in contact with the IFBPT.
  • Format: If you are using the email option to submit your proposal, please return the completed form to us in word format.

DEADLINE for Submission: September 15, 2022

You will be notified via email if your session is accepted by the end of October, 2022.

For further information or questions, please contact the

"NAPT" The National Association for Poetry Therapy

is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization 

19001 S Richfield Ave, #20

Green Valley, AZ 85614

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