Writing poetry allows us to discover how vulnerabilities and strengths can co-exist, even thrive together. Poems can reveal deep insight and compassion. They can give voice to what is raw and wounded in your life and that honesty, creatively expressed and explored, can bolster and guide you through rough times. Your writing can transform you at profound levels.

—John Fox



We appreciate the commitment that our accomplished board and advisory members have made to the vision of the Institute for Poetic Medicine; therefore  we provide descriptions and links to the their books for your inspiration and pursuit of personal growth.

Personality and Personal Growth

by James Fadiman, IPM Board Member
and Robert Frager


Through a set of different theoretical lenses, Personality and Personal Growth gives students the opportunity to understand their own lives and the lives of others. By observing their own reactions, readers’ come to their own conclusions regarding the value of each theory.

More books by Fadiman


Wednesday River: New Poetry

by Barbara Hazard,  IPM Poetry Board Member


Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices  was designed by poet Merna Ann Hecht to bring the use of poetry, drama, and literature to youth who were recent arrivals to the U.S., many of whom had experienced war, been born in refugee camps, or immigrated under considerable hardship.


Native Joy: Poems Songs Visions Dreams 1963-2003

by Geoffrey Oelsner IPM Board Member


Celebrates the written and visual works of individuals who have suffered an acquired brain injury (ABI). An ABI can result from traumatic brain injury, stroke, oxygen deprivation, infectious disease, tumor, brain surgery or toxicity. The works in this anthology are a product of Rediscovery Project 2013, a San Francisco Bay Area based poetry and expressive arts group that explores brain injury through the lens of the archetypal Hero's Journey.  This anthology captures the rich landscape of living with brain injury and the healing that's possible through sharing, witnessing and being in community.


A Country Where All Colors Are Sacred and Alive

by Geoffrey Oelsner, IPM Advisory Member


The inadvertent shooting death of his brother by poet Gregory Orr gives this memoir an awful specific gravity.


Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing  Sacred Poetry

by Ray McGinnis, IPM Advisory Member


Poetry writing workshops have been held at the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Shelter since 2009. During that time several hundred men have participated in the programs.

The poetry is surprisingly upbeat and touches on a variety of topics, from lost love to city living to experiences with addiction and unemployment. Kenneth Gregory writes, “the courage to change gives/Sight into the unseen/Stars to those who dream.” He also writes of an estranged daughter, “I love you dear daughter Kendoll I do/And when you come looking/Dad will be waiting for you.”


This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World

by Naomi Shihab Nye, IPM AdvisoryMember


An award-winning multicultural compilation of poetry introduces more than 125 poems from sixty-eight countries around the world, many translated into English for the first time, and offers glimpses of similarities across people despite cultural differences.


Is This Forever, or What?: Poems & Paintings from Texas

by Naomi Shihab Nye, IPM AdvisoryMember


Texas: The state line stretches for 2,842 miles. There are coasts and mountains and rivers and lakes and cities and towns and disappearing towns and fields of wildflowers and hills and wide-open places.

The state of mind has no borders. And the 140 Texans in this book are about to show you why.


The Blessing: A Memoir

by Gregory Orr, IPM Advisory Member


The inadvertent shooting death of his brother by poet Gregory Orr gives this memoir an awful specific gravity.

More book by Gregory Orr





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