University of Toronto's Poet in Community

Panic-Free Poetry and Rupi Kaur

March 17, 2016 · No Comments

Hey poets and poetry lovers or likers — a double-header! I’ll be doing a Panic-Free Poetry Workshop tomorrow followed by a performance by Rupi Kaur. Come, write, listen, be.

panic-free poetry Rupi Kaur Poster

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The Dialect of the Heart: Reconnecting to Your Passion for Writing

January 19, 2016 · No Comments

The Dialect of the Heart: Reconnecting to Your Passion for Writing

A Workshop For Graduate students at the University of Toronto

January 20, 2016

Spadina and Harbord

Sometimes the relationship with what or who we are studying goes stale. We lose heart. This two-hour workshop aims to coax you into different kinds of conversations between work life and creative self, between heart and page. Using poems, prompts, and memories, bring yourselves back into the room with what you know in a new way.

Here is the link to registration:

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P is for presence; O is for overwhelmed: 4 writing workshops

January 19, 2016 · No Comments

A series of writing workshops to explore the stresses and passions of daily life as a student

4 Tuesdays at noon: January 19, 26, February 2, 9th, 2016

Every day that you are a student you’re also perhaps a friend, an animal lover, an activist and more. In these four writing workshops we will look at every day moments of distraction and exhaustion, attending also to the pull and call of passion and vocation.

Through writing and conversation, we will look at ways to become more present, nourished, and connect or reconnect to what you love and why you’re here. There will be four sessions. You are welcome to attend any one or all sessions. No experience necessary.

1. What If You Didn’t? and other questions to ask when you’re exhausted
2. O is for overwhelmed (or wake up, your housecoat is on fire)
3. Be Good to Yourself Whoever You Are
4. Where’s the love? A session on passion as distraction and passion as direction

When: Tuesdays, 12–1 pm
Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 2016
Where: Multi-Faith Centre
Cost: Free

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January 19, 2016 · No Comments


JANUARY 8-31 2016

The Poet in Community program at the University of Toronto has used poetry to stir reflection and conversation for the last 8 years. The last 2 years has seen the creation of an additional student mentor program called ”WRITE NOW!” Now Talking Walls at Hart House will showcase both programs in an exhibition of poems and prose pieces. Come and read work by individual students as well as by groups. Also poems I wrote at Spontaneous Poetry Booths.

On January 21st at noon meet at the “WRITE NOW!” table at the HART HOUSE literary Fair and we will stroll over and read the walls.

Day Milman, program coordinator at Hart House, prepares the poem “The Encounter”.






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“Talking Walls” to feature Poet in Community on the walls of Hart House

November 24, 2015 · No Comments

Have you ever participated in a Poet in Community workshop or attended a WRITE NOW session?

Talking Walls at Hart House has invited PIC to have an exhibition of work to showcase the program.

Poems and short pieces of writing will be printed and hung as posters in the halls of Hart House. Will you submit? Deadline December 1, 2015

Details –
*Maximum 3 pieces per person
*Each piece no longer than one page
*12pt font or larger, please send as Word attachment
*Please let us know if it was written in a WRITE NOW workshop or POET IN COMMUNITY workshop (aka with Ronna); if it was in a class setting or somewhere else.
*It would be helpful to include a sentence describing the theme of the session or prompt.
* The aim is to show how within the program students write, reflect and often make unexpected connections between parts of their lives
* You may submit anonymously
* Don’t worry if you don’t have something “finished”; look for an excerpt that reflects the raw experience
* Deadline December 1, 2015
* Open to current and former students
* Please submit to
* Subject line ‘Talking Walls’

Talking Walls is a well-travelled space that provides an opportunity for groups and individuals to exhibit socially conscious, thought-provoking art works or documentary images. The exhibition space is open to students, community groups, members of the university community and the public who are int…

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October 20, 2015 · No Comments

Write Now! is a program of free drop-in writing sessions where you can nurture your own voice and creativity through writing and reflection. All are welcome. No previous writing experience is necessary. Join the Poet in Community Facebook group and get updates about what will happen in each session.

Or just show up!

Write Now! Poster - scrabble 11 x 17

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YES the Poet in Community is coming back in 2015-2016

August 31, 2015 · No Comments

I should ask if you know about the Poet in Community. Do you? In case you don’t here’s a quick hit:

The Poet in Community (PIC) program creates a space that’s not as formal as a classroom, or as casual as a cafe. It’s a learning experience without evaluation. There’s no teacher and no boss. In these workshops and conversations, use writing to connect the intellectual with the emotional, the physical and the social.

Don’t be put off by the word “poet” — no special experience is necessary!

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes. — Walt Whitman

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Write Now! — Drop-in writing sessions: 3 x a week, 3 locations @ U of T

January 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write Now! 

Do you struggle with finding words to express your experiences? Do you stare at the blank screen with your heart pounding? Would you like a place of self-expression without grades or expectations? Write Now! is a program of free drop-in sessions run by peer mentors, where you can nurture your own voice and creativity through writing and reflection. Groups meet weekly in three locations across campus: the Academic Success Centre, Multi-Faith Centre and Hart House. 

Tuesdays 4:30-6pm at the Multi-Faith Centre
Thursdays 11:30-1pm Hart House
Friday 1:30-3pm Academic Success Centre

Open to University of Toronto students


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The Conversation Below: Poetry and Qualitative Research

October 15, 2014 · No Comments


The Conversation Below: Poetry and Qualitative Research

A public talk sponsored by The Academic Success Centre, U of T

What are the places that research sometimes doesn’t reach? What are the things people have not yet articulated –– perhaps even to themselves –– that we want to hear and understand and express? What can poetry do? Using poems and reflections, we will investigate the places we get stuck, and our frustrations with language and traditional methods of research. And we will look at the potential for poetry to unleash us: to say, hear and share the knowledge we’re after. This presentation will be part talk, part poem and part writing so that we may use all channels possible to get to the conversation below.


Wednesday October 15, 2014

Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE

252 Bloor St. West



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Poet in Community returns with RX for Poetry

September 2, 2014 · No Comments

Poet in Community returns for 2014-2015 with RX FOR POETRY —

How are you feeling? Do you need a dose of Emily Dickinson? 75 mg of Mary Oliver?

On September 9, 2014 between 1:30-2:30pm, I will be at the Hart House tent talking to people and prescribing poems at the St. George Street Fair.

Come by and get a poetry prescription for what ails you.

St. George Street between Harbord and College
at the Hart House tent

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