Awake at Work: Writing into Presence 🗓

Ronna Bloom Presents

Poet-in-Residence for the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities

Awake at Work: Writing into Presence

for Residents, Students, Physicians, Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

In this session, use writing to explore how simply showing up and attending to your own experience is the starting point for attending to others. Through guided exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to notice your personal, professional, and physical responses –– whether you’re at a desk, in the community, clinic or a hospital room –– and to write about them in a reflective, open, non-evaluative way. See how being awake to yourself might help you be awake at work. No experience is necessary.


*Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life

*Engage with poetry as a tool for understanding and expressing challenges

*Increase awareness of the impact of the professional on the personal, and the personal on the professional

*Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care


Sponsored by the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto 

Thursday October 13, 2022, 6PM-7:30PM

On Zoom

Register here.

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. She has collaborated with health care professionals, filmmakers, academics, students, spiritual leaders, and architects. A frequent guest in the faculties of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, as well at teaching hospitals, she brings 25 years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019 and is Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals and fundraisers in Canada and abroad.

Her new book, A Possible Trust: The Poetry of Ronna Bloom, Selected with an Introduction by Phil Hall, will be published by Wilfred Laurier University Press in 2023. 

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