Converging in Solidarity: Fostering Community and Belonging through Poetry Therapy

A Small Moment


I walk into the bakery next door

To my apartment. They are about

To pull some sort of toast with cheese

From the oven.   When I ask:

What’s that smell? I am being

A poet, I am asking


What everyone else in the shop

Wanted to ask, but somehow couldn’t;

I am speaking on behalf of two other

Customers who wanted to buy the

Name of it.   I ask the woman

Behind the counter for a percentage

Of her sale. Am I flirting?

Am I happy because the days

Are longer?   Here’s what


She does: She takes her time

Choosing the slices.    “I am picking

Out the good ones,” she tells me.   It’s

April 14th. Spring, with five to ten

Degrees to go.   Some days, I feel my duty;

Some days, I love my work.

Poem copyright © 1997 by Cornelius Eady, from Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, 2008). Reprinted by permission of Cornelius Eady.


  •                                                             Welcome       

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, Instagram or www.poetrytherapy.org 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 want to thank all the pre- and post-workshop, regular workshop, and special events presenters for help shaping this year’s conference program. I also wish to thank the Proposal Review Committee, which consisted of S, Karen vanMeenen, Jenna Robinson, and Cynthia Holloway-Kelvin, who worked together to select the wonderful workshops offered at this year’s conference and our Public Relations & Social Media Chair Cynthia Holloway-Kelvin for her help and support. I particularly want to thank Barbara Kriesberg and Nick Mazza for their support, dedication and leadership, but most of all for their unwavering patience, kindness and friendship. 

Catherine Tanguis, MA, NBCT, CAPF    

Conference Chair  



    About registration.

    • Be sure to log in before you register to receive your member conference discounts.
    • You can join NAPT prior to registering for the conference to receive your discounts.
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    • You will be asked to select your workshop choices for the main conference. 
    • If you registered for the Full Conference, you will have access to ALL events from 4:00 on Thursday through the closing on Saturday evening.  
    • WORKSHOP LIMITS:  Some of our workshops have participant limits. If a session has reached its limit, it will be designated as FULL on the registration page. Do not proceed to register for it. 
    • You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete. Please save that email and your registration details and print out a copy to bring with you to the conference. You will need to know what workshops you registered for.
    • The week prior to the conference, you may be contacted by your workshop presenter with instructions or ancillary materials, so be on the lookout.
    • About ten days prior to the conference, you will receive an email from us requesting that you choose your lunch options and state any food allergies or special requests. 
    • REFERRAL DISCOUNT: 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 naptbkkr@poetrytherapy.org.
    • REFUNDS: NO refunds after March 27, 2024. 
    • For general questions about the conference or registration, please contact naptconferencechair@gmail.com.

    Ready to register? 

              Option #1: I plan on attending the Full Conference: Choose the Full Registration option. You will then be able to              add on any Pre-Conference Workshops and/or the Triple Workshop if you desire. You will be able to choose your            workshops here. Be sure NOT to add Friday & Saturday again if you clicked Full Registration to avoid being             charged twice!

              Option #2: I plan on attending one day, either Friday OR Saturday: Choose the A La Carte option. There you will              be able to pick your day, register for workshops and add any Pre-Conference Workshops and/or the Triple                Workshop if you desire.

     You must register for the Full Conference or Friday or Saturday in order to attend any Pre-Conference or Triple  Workshops.

    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.
    • SCHOLARSHIPS: NAPT is offering five $200 scholarships. We encourage those working towards credentialing with the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy and first time attendees to apply, particularly those experiencing financial difficulties and for whom the registration fees would be a hardship. Click here to learn more. 
    • PEER HOURS: Those working towards certification in Poetry Therapy are required to log peer hours. Only workshops with currently credentialed presenters can provide peer hours. 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 Friday. You can learn more about certification here.
    • BOOK SALE: Please check out the wide array of books for sale in our virtual bookstore including those of our Keynote Poet Cornelius Eady and other valuable contributors in the field of Poetry Therapy. These are useful resources to add to your library. Click here to go to the Book Sale Page. Please remember to bring any book(s) to the conference that you wished to have signed. 
    • CONFERENCE LOCATION & HOTEL GROUP RATE: Our Conference will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Bethesda Washington DC and we have a room block reserved for April 10, 2024 through April 14, 2024. Click here to book your room.
    • AIRPORT INFORMATION & TRANSPORTATION: Reagan National (DCA) is the closest airport to the hotel. Depending on travel time, it is usually around 35 minutes to the hotel. In addition to Uber or Lyft, Barwood Taxi is recommended by the Embassy Suites hotel staff who indicated that they are even less expensive. Barwood's phone number is 301-990-9000, email is CallCenter@BarwoodTaxi.com, and their website is barwoodtaxi.com/airportpickup-and-dropoffs.
    • For those needing an NAPT Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Education for any main event and/or keynote, you will receive it at the conclusion of your workshop from your workshop facilitator. 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.
    • For each workshop, you will be asked to fill out a workshop evaluation form. You will be sent a link to complete an online feedback form for each workshop you attended. You will also be asked to fill out an overall conference evaluation form at the conclusion of the conference. Please complete the online feedback forms by May 3, 2024. We value your feedback and will use it to improve our future conferences.



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