Annual conference.

The Use of Poetry, Writing and Story:
Promoting Unity, Transition and Hope

41st Annual Conference - Virtual
April 27-May 1, 2022 

Join NAPT in April 2022 as we meet for our next VIRTUAL conference. We welcome all clinicians, educators, expressive therapists, retirees, students and spiritual leaders to attend. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about the field of Poetry Therapy and other forms of writing that can helpful when working with individuals in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinical practices, outpatient clinics, prisons and other community facilities. For more info go to  for program and registration details.

Friday Night
Opening Event: Chicken Soup for the Soul: I'm Speaking Now

Friday Night
Keynote Speaker

Black Women who Share Their Truth of Love, Courage and Hope  Featuring Rebecca Olayinka, Quantrilla Ard, and Zorina Exie Frey 

Alma Rolfs, LICSW, PTR
Past President, NAPT

Saturday Morning
Keynote Poet

Sunday Afternoon
Celebratory Event and Closing

Richard Blanco, Poet at Barack Obama's 2nd Inauguration

Catherine Roach Connor Poetry in Motion

The National Association for Poetry Therapy is offering three types of scholarships:
NAPT is committed to inclusivity and broadening our membership base. For this reason, this year we are offering eight scholarships of $200  each to first-time conference attendees from under-represented backgrounds. We hope this will help to increase the diversity of our membership. 

NAPT also has two $200 scholarships available for first time attendees who are educators working towards their certification who wish to attend the conference. 

NAPT is offering two regular $200  scholarships for first time attendees
We encourage everyone to apply, particularly those experiencing financial difficulties and for whom the registration fees would be a hardship. To apply for either one of these scholarships,  please 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 March 1st. If you have already registered, you may still apply. If you receive the scholarship, NAPT will reimburse you the cost of your scholarship.  An announcement of winners will take place by March 15th. 

Book Sale
Please check out the wide array of books for sale, including those of our Keynote Poet Richard Blanco 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.

Referrals to receive discounted conference fees
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

Please send your Scholarship Applications  as well as Book Sale information to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at

"NAPT" The National Association for Poetry Therapy

is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization 

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Green Valley, AZ 85614

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