Poetry Crash Cart: Loving and Working During Covid-19
for Health Care Students and Workers
This is a weekly hour and a half of poetry for health care students and clinical workers. For people working in acute and ongoing moments of need. For all of us now. What might poetry do here?
Poet Ronna Bloom will introduce poetry that has been used in hospitals, and is being shared widely now online, and will read poems that speak to different moments and needs. The aim is to offer the perhaps tired student and practitioner a listening experience, a conversation about poetry, and a chance to write.
Each of the 4 sessions will focus on poems and prompts for writing aimed at bringing us more fully into awareness with spontaneity and self-care. No writing experience necessary.
Wednesdays May 6, 13, 20, 27. 4PM-5:30
You can drop in for any or all of the 4 sessions and don’t have to sign up for all sessions. Register by noon of the day you’d like to come at Eventbrite for details and a Zoom link. There is no fee to participate.
Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and long listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese.
Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals, fundraisers and local fairs in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com
Workshop Conditions :
By requesting to join this ZOOM writing workshop, you confirm that you are a University of Toronto-affiliated health professional, clinician or health professions student. Any personal narratives shared must respect patient confidentiality and their right to complete privacy. If verbally sharing a piece of writing about a clinical encounter during the workshop, you must change a patient’s name and omit /alter any other unique or identifying characteristics. Sessions must not be audio or video-recorded.
Online conduct university guidelines can be found at: