Remote but Connected: Navigating the Storms of our Lives Through Poetry & Story

I am offering this poem to you,

since I have nothing else to give.

Keep it like a warm coat

when winter comes to cover you,

or like a pair of thick socks

the cold cannot bite through,


                                    I love you,

I have nothing else to give you,

so it is a pot full of yellow corn

to warm your belly in winter,

it is a scarf for your head, to wear

over your hair, to tie up around your face,

                                          I love you,

Keep it, treasure this as you would

if you were lost, needing direction,

in the wilderness life becomes when mature;

and in the corner of your drawer,

tucked away like a cabin or hogan

in dense trees, come knocking,

and I will answer, give you directions,

and let you warm yourself by this fire,

rest by this fire, and make you feel safe

                                         I love you,

It’s all I have to give,

and all anyone needs to live,

and to go on living inside,

when the world outside

no longer cares if you live or die;



                            I love you.

Jimmy Santiago Baca, "I Am Offering This Poem" from Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems. Copyright © 1990 by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Reprinted by permission of Jimmy Santiago Baca

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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. Members represent a wide range of professional experience, schools of therapy, educational affiliations, artistic disciplines, and other fields of training in both mental and physical health. In addition to its professional membership, NAPT welcomes all people who are interested in the power of the healing word. We hope you will be able to learn from the many workshops, lectures, and informal networking opportunities available. We trust you will be inspired to absorb, reflect, and write. Please visit us on Facebook or to contact the NAPT Board and for more information about NAPT.

I wish to thank the entire Board for being able to work together to ensure that NAPT grows and thrives as we move into the future. I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to work with such a dynamic and talented group of individuals. I also want to thank all the pre- and post-workshop, regular workshop, and special events presenters for help shaping this year’s conference program. I particularly want to thank Barbara Kriesberg and Marianela Medrano for their support, dedication and leadership as NAPT Vice-President and President, but most of all for their unwavering kindness and friendship. 

Catherine Tanguis, MA, NBCT, CAPF    

Conference Chair  

    About registration.

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    • You will not need to select special sessions, such as our Keynotes. If you paid for that day or the full conference, you will be automatically admitted. 
    • If you registered for the Full Conference, you will have access to ALL events Thursday through Saturday. We ask you to check the workshops you will be attending so that the presenters will have an idea as to their numbers and to whom to send ancillary materials. 
    • Some pre and post conference workshops have participant limits. If a session has reached its limit, it will be designated as SOLD OUT.
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    • The week prior to the conference, you will receive your links and instructions. 
    • REFERRALS: If you refer a new member or attendee, you will receive a $25 rebate off your registration fees once that person is registered. You can use the referral section during your registration process or contact our bookkeeper Mary Johns at
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    About our conference.

    • Our conference features workshops in four tracks: clinical/health care, educational setting, social justice, and spirituality. The track will be included in the workshop description.
    • NAPT is offering two types of scholarships. One is for first time conference attendees from underrepresented minority communities. The second is for first time attendees who are educators pursuing credentials. Click here to learn more. 
    • Where applicable, the workshop description will include the amount of peer hours that can be credited towards certification with the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. To learn more about certification, a Credentialing Information Workshop will be offered on Thursday.
    • For those needing an NAPT Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Education for any main event and/or keynote, please contact Catherine Tanguis, Conference Chair, at  For mental health licensure renewal, educators and others needing Continuing Education for their professional development, you will receive from your workshop facilitator Certificates of Attendance for specific clinical or education focused workshops. These certificates, along with the conference program describing the workshops and events, should be submitted for CEU approval.
    • We believe it is important to create a safe space for sharing within our workshops; therefore, recordings of the workshops will not be made available. However, recordings of the Keynotes and Openings and Closings will be accessible to those who registered for those days.
    • After each workshop, you will be asked to fill out an online workshop evaluation form. You will also be asked to fill out an overall conference evaluation form at the conclusion of the conference. 

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