Behind the Mic: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness

I first met Judy Reeves in the fall of 1992, when a San Diego-based group, Journal and Diary Enthusiasts (JADE) hosted a journal conference and invited me to keynote. Judy was the organizer of that conference, and I, having produced a journal conference the year

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Poem of the Month: Perfection Wasted, John Updike

The May poem of the month is dedicated to Journalverse friend Dale Swan, who in February shared her story of writing her memoir, My Life as Compost, as a final ode to her life. Dale lived with inoperable cancer since 2013 and died

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Kay’s Journal: Behind the Mic for Organic Marketing in a Digital Age

Ask the Experts, April 8, 2015 Organic Marketing in a Digital Age, with Mary Reynolds Thompson My friend and colleague Mary Reynolds Thompson and I were both raised up in old-school relationship marketing in the 1970s-80s, she as marketing director and branding expert for Harrod’s of London,

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April Poem of the Month: Celebrating National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! The Journalverse welcomes back Perie Longo, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, CA and marriage/family therapist, registered poetry therapist, and author of four books of poetry (her latest, Baggage Claim, was published by WordTech Editions last year). Perie teaches privately and facilitates weekly poetry writing groups for Hospice and

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March Poem of the Month: Prayer for Joy

The National Association for Poetry Therapy’s Museletter is the source of March’s poem and prompts.  NAPT’s annual conference is coming up April 23-26 at Blue Ridge Assembly near Asheville, NC. It is preceded April 20-22 by an intensive poetry therapy immersion experience  led by master mentor/supervisor (and my

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Poem of the Month: February 2015 – Hitch Haiku, Gary Snyder

This brief poem, from a larger work by Gary Snyder called Hitch Haiku (written in the 1970s, so you can infer context) has been a “mentor poem” for me in recent months. It companions me through my day and offers its wise guidance when I am at a crossroads, in

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Poem of the Month: January 2015 – We look with uncertainty, Anne Hillman

The Journalverse is all about finding the threads that weave us together, both as a community of writers and an association of facilitators and practitioners. It is my dream for the Journalverse that anyone who is [curious, interested, passionate] about the role of writing for [healing, growth, change] will find her or his way, and […]

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Poem of the Month: December 2014 – The Coming of Light, Mark Strand

The poet and former US Poet Laureate Mark Strand died over Thanksgiving weekend, at the age of 80. In a 1998 interview with the Paris Review, Strand confided that “he writes in longhand and delays typing for as long as possible, he explains, because ‘when I read a poem

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In memory of poet Galway Kinnell, 1927-2014

The poet Galway Kinnell has died. An Irishman who was born and lived in New England, his poetic voice was musical, lyrical, and uplifting. His body of work included more than a dozen books of poetry, a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. According to NPR, Galway Kinnell in

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From Kay’s Journal: Review of Journal to Health

  We have come to the end of the 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge. The brainchild of Journalverse member and Journal to the Self certified instructor Nathan Ohren of EasyJournaling.com and write4life.us, the 30-Day Challenge has brought together more than 1200 writers from around the globe, each engaged for the

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