John Fox, BFA, adjunct faculty in Expressive Arts Therapy, a poet and certified poetry therapist, is author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making, Finding What You Didn't Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making, and numerous essays. He is a contributor to Whole Person Health Care, (Praeger/Greenwood).
John is featured in the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine, a film about introducing poetry into hospital settings. He works throughout the United States in therapeutic, medical, pastoral, geriatric, educational, holistic, public, and community-based settings.
He has taught in Ireland, England, Israel, Kuwait, South Korea, and Canada. John was the president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy from 2003 to 2005. John is president of the Institute for Poetic Medicine, a nonprofit he founded in 2005. John lives in Mountain View, CA.
Poetry as Healer : An Interview with John Fox
There is a way in which poetry reaches down into our depths and places its finger on a healing touchstone. Something happens inside and we are changed. John Fox has devoted his life to the service of poetry as healer. He is the Founder and President of The Institute for Poetic Medicine (IPM). John works with educators, counselors and therapists, doctors, nurses and medical students, those in chaplaincy and pastoral care, cancer support, those in the field of substance abuse, hospice volunteers and staff. He brings "poetic medicine" to people who are living with cancer, who are grieving, children and young people with physical disabilities. IPM funds a range of projects that bring poetry as healer to people. Those projects include people who are homeless, immigrant and refugee youth, those living with acquired brain injury and those with moderate to severe mental health challenges. John believes that there are no limits to the places where poetry can reach to do its healing work.
Writing Poetry with John Fox and Marianna Cacciatore
One of the kindest things we can do for ourselves is to honor the deeper urging of the soul by bringing it to the surface and hearing what it has to say. One way to do this is through writing poetry. John Fox, Founder and President of The Institute for Poetic Medicine, recognizes the healing touch of poetry, and he devotes his life to helping people find their poetic words, to write them on paper, to express what matters to them. Marianna Cacciatore has been a writer for many years and recently has returned to writing poems, which feels to her to be the most important thing she is doing right now. This week, John and Marianna will share their own poems with each other. They will talk about what inspired each poem, why images were chosen, what surprised them, how it felt to write it, and perhaps what is happening today as it relates to that poem. Marianna and John will offer simple writing prompts, helping you put pen to paper and jot lines of your own. Please join us for this interactive show designed to encourage the poet in you to emerge.