Poetry Café

The 5th annual Poetry Café will be held over zoom this year! We are now accepting submissions!

Please join the Department of Mission & Pastoral Cafe and the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program for the 5th annual Poetry Café: A Celebration of Expression, Empowerment and Community!

This year the Poetry Café will take place virtually over zoom on Thursday, October 8th at 2pm.

All are invited to submit an original short song or poem reflecting the themes of expression, empowerment, and community by September 10th, 2020. Submit your work to Morgan Kulesza at morgan.kulesza@georgetown.edu.

Description of the Poetry Café:

Poetry Café committee members (comprised of staff from the Department of Mission and Pastoral Care and the Georgetown Lombardi arts and humanities program) pose around the podium in the hospital chapel where Poetry Café is held.

The Poetry Café celebrates the healing that comes through the written word as it is spoken or sung. The Poetry Café is full of inspiration, courage, reflection, enthusiasm, and vulnerability.

Above all, this event represents another wonderful collaborative event between the Arts and Humanities Program and Mission & Pastoral Care, which continues to create meaning in the experiences for patients and staff members. In conclusion, the Poetry Café is a very special event for the MedStar Georgetown University patients, caregivers, staff members, and community members – we invite you to join us! Submit your original poem by September 10th, 2020 to morgan.kulesza@georgetown.edu!

(Photo features Poetry Café committee members, comprised of staff members from the Department of Mission and Pastoral Cafe and the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program standing in the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital chapel where the event is normally held).

Photos from past Poetry Café celebrations:


Quotes from participants:

“I Just wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful healing outreach.” – patient

“Thank you all for such a blessed opportunity. It was a healing balm to my soul. I look forward to the next event.” – patient

“I loved the interplay of singing, drumming, and readings. The three created sustained energy for all.” – patient


Articles Featuring the Poetry Café: