The National Association for Poetry Therapy's 2012 Conference:
April 26-29, 2012
Cenacle Conference and Retreat Center, Chicago IL
Featured Poet: Haki Madhubuti
Haki R. Madhubuti is the founder, publisher, and chairman of the board of Third World Press (1967), co-founder of the Institute of Positive Education/New Concept School (1969), and co-founder of Betty Shabazz International Charter School (1998) in Chicago, Illinois.
Keynote Speaker: Diane AllerdyceDiane Allerdyce, Ph.D., is Co-Founder of Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Boynton Beach, Florida, and is an activist deeply involved in community outreach and education reform.
She is the author of a scholarly book on Anais Nin (Northern Illinois UP, 1998), as well as an award-winning chapbook of poetry, Whatever It Is I Was Giving Up (Pudding House Publications, 2007). Her awards include Red Wheelbarrow Award, Puddinghouse Publications for Best Chapbook from an NAPT Member, February 2007; Distinguished Service Award, April 2006, National Association for Poetry Therapy). Dr. Allerdyce is trained as a poetry therapy facilitator and is the past-President and a current long-time Board Member of, the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT).
Opening Night Event: AvantRetro
Our opening ceremony Thursday evening will be AvantRetro, the Chicago-based performance poetry duo of Charlie Rossiter and Al DeGenova. They use a variety of techniques and performance tools to present their original poetry that gets at the essence of what it means to be human.
Al’s major instrument is saxophone; he also plays flute. Charlie plays conga and other hand percussion instruments. They were among the handful of poets selected to perform at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival.