F278. The Poetic Treatment: Contemporary Applications of the Ancient Art of Bibliotherapy

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Reading for therapeutic purposes has been practiced since antiquity, but how does this manifest today? Four practitioners detail their work introducing poetry outside of academic spaces, where reading and writing become a means of self-care. Drawing upon experiences with inmates, palliative-care patients, sexual assault survivors, and youth engaging in social protest, these facilitators explore the therapeutic potential of reading, discussing, and writing poetry in time of extreme stress.


Katherine Litwin is the library director at the Poetry Foundation, where she develops interactive programing for children and adults and oversees library collections.

Maggie Queeney is the library coordinator at the poetry foundation, where she designs and delivers adult educational programming. She is the author of settler, winner of the 2017 Baltic Chapbook Contest. Her work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Southern Poetry Review, and Conjunctions, among others.

Mairead Case is a working writer in Colorado and Chicago. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, Summer Writing Program Coordinator at Naropa, and a teacher. Mairead is the author of See You in the Morning, a featherproof novel, and Tenderness, a Meekling poetry chapbook.

Nora Segar is an internist practicing primary care and palliative care in Chicago. She is currently working on a collaboration with the Poetry Foundation to bring poetry to patients suffering with serious illness. Her writing has appeared in The Hastings Center Report and the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa. She studied poetry at the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, University of Denver, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She is member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside