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Restoring Hope and Health Through Poetry

April 20, 2023 @ 5:30 pm EDT

Patrick Rosal and Shawn R. Jones

Throughout the ages, people have found inspiration and hope in the words of poets. Camden Community College’s “Restoring Hope and Health Through Poetry” event on April 20, 2023 will comprise a workshop focused on personal and collective traumas led by acclaimed poets Patrick Rosal and Shawn Jones as part of CCC’s Practices of Healing and Hope series.

In the workshop, participants will read poetry that takes an unflinching look at personal and collective traumas and provides a roadmap for hope. Through generative writing prompts, participants will discuss how to elevate their own voices to create work that feels honest and representative of ourselves.

The evening will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6:00 p.m. and workshop at 7:00 p.m.

To attend, please RSVP at https://www.camdencc.edu/healing/. For questions, email lbass@camdencc.edu. NJCH is a proud sponsor of this April 20 event.

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About the presenters

Patrick Rosal is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and professor whose works have won recognition from top-flight literary organizations including the American Academy of Poetry, the Poetry Society of America, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Research Scholar program, and the Civitella Ranieri Residency.

He has written five books of poetry, including the The Last Thing: New and Selected Poems, which was included as one of the best books of 2021 by The Boston Globe and which won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award. He has performed and taught at institutions around the world and currently serves as campus Co-Director of the Mellon-funded Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is a Professor of English.

Shawn R. Jones is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Womb Rain and A Hole to Breathe. Her work has appeared in Tri-Quarterly, New Ohio Review, River Heron Review, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her poetry collection, Date of Birth, won the 2022 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from Persea Books in 2023.

Shawn is the co-owner of Tailored Tutoring LLC and Kumbaya Academy, Inc., a dance instructor at Halliday Dance, and a member of the Langston Hughes Society and the poetry performance troupe, No River Twice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an MFA from Rutgers University-Camden.


April 20, 2023
5:30 pm EDT
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Camden County College
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