Reaching New Heights Following your Poetic Journey

Reaching New Heights: Following your Poetic Journey

Embassy Suites, Denver-Stapleton

Denver, Colorado April 6-9, 2017




New attendees, spread the word and bring a friend!!! We are offering a Bring-a-friend special of $25 off your conference registration fee!! Learn how the power of poetry and journaling can heal hearts and minds, and rejuvenate the human spirit!


You must register directly with the hotel to receive THIS rate and to be included in the room count for the NAPT room block. Contact Embassy Suites Denver-Stapleton at 1-303-375-0400.


Join NAPT in April, 2017 as we meet for our next conference in the Mile-High City of Denver. The Embassy Suites, Denver-Stapleton is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is in the business district of the city. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary and available 24 hours a day.

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Special Events and Keynote Speakers at the NAPT Conference in Denver, CO April 6-9, 2017



jovan-maysThursday Evening Opening:  Jovan Mays, the Poet Laureate of Aurora Colorado and a National Poetry Slam Champion, will kick off the NAPT Conference with his dynamic speaking style and passion for the power of poetry.  He will undoubtedly stir up his audience with his moving performance and presentation!



kay-adamsFriday Morning Keynote Speaker:  Kathleen “Kay” Adams, LPC, PTR-MMS is a best-selling author, speaker, psychotherapist, past president of NAPT and visionary.  Her first of twelve books on therapeutic writing, Journal to the Self, is a classic that has helped define the field of Journal Therapy.  She directs the Center for Journal Therapy in Denver and the Therapeutic Writing Institute.   Kay’s presentation “Rocky Mountain High:  Fourteen Strategies for the Journey” will describe the fourteen strategies she has collected from her career in journal and poetry therapy. 


Saturday Morning Keynote Poet: David J. Rothman serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University, where he also directs the Poetry Concentration, edits the journal THINK and directs the annual conference Writing the Rockies. His most recent volumes of poetry, both of which appeared in 2013, are The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Agni, Appalachia, The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, Mountain Gazette, The New Criterion, Poetry, Sewanee Review, The Threepenny Review and scores of others. He co-founded the Crested Butte Music Festival, was the founding Publisher and Editor of Conundrum Press, and currently serves as Resident Poet for Colorado Public Radio. He has been a Finalist both for the Colorado Book Award in Poetry and for Colorado Poet Laureate.


soul-rhythm-african-drummingSaturday Closing Event:  Soul Rhythm African Drumming is dedicated to promoting and sharing the music and culture of West Africa through an interactive drum circle.  This activity will promote team building and wellness.  Join us for a freeing release of energy and be prepared to have fun!

Join Our Silent Auction and Art Show

During the conference, NAPT will be hosting another Silent Auction!  A wide array of items will be on display, and by bidding on them, you will be showing your support of NAPT. If you are interested in donating books, instructional or documentary CDs or DVDs, original artwork, handmade crafts, or other items related to poetry, writing or other creative or therapeutic practices, please contact Karen vanMeenen at by March 22.  Note: donated items will need to be brought or shipped to the conference site (Attention NAPT Auction) and are tax deductible. We welcome your valuable and creative contributions to this event!

NAPT Scholarships for Conference Registration

To encourage newcomers to our conference, we are offering up to eight scholarships of $200 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.


Book Sale

NAPT is pleased to announce that BookBar, a local bookstore in the Denver area, will be the official book seller at the conference. If you are interested in BookBar ordering any of your books directly from the publisher and selling them for you, please contact Barbara Kreisberg at with the following information by March 1st so that the book store can order your books in time for the conference.

Author’s Name
Title of the Book
Cost of the book

If you would like to bring and sell your own books, you may do so on your own OR you could bring your books to the conference and they will sell your books for you on consignment. For more information, on this option, or any other questions, please contact BookBar directly at

This is an opportunity for our attendees and/or workshop presenters to showcase and sell their books. We look forward to your participation!


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

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