The vision of the Poetry Café is to celebrate the healing that comes through the written word as it is spoken or sung, and words shared did just that. The Poetry Café this year was full of inspiration, courage, reflection, enthusiasm and vulnerability. We are so thankful for all of the patients, caregivers and staff members who contributed and spoke their writings aloud.

This event represents another wonderful collaborative event between the Arts and Humanities Program and Mission & Pastoral Care, which continue to create meaning in the experiences of our patients and staff members. We are already looking forward to a wonderful 3rd Annual Poetry Café!

Quotes from patients who participated in the second annual event:

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

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

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

“Colorful, spontaneous, professional, healing, unique, diverse, memorable, took much self discipline to snap not shout, strong effective team work, space beautifully transformed, joyous, tearful, heart beat matching drum beat, quilt reflecting all beret and clothing colors, readers uniformly ecstatic to have this opportunity, witnesses see family, friends in a new light.” - Nancy Morgan, Writing Clinician