VIRTUAL: Poetry as a Means of Healing and Transformation in Times of Trauma and War

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


In the tapestry of human existence, where life entwines joy and sorrow, there lies a profound art, a sublime expression that transcends time and space. Poetry, like a true companion and friend beckons us to embrace and offers solace and healing in times of unspeakable trials—moments of trauma, war, and eventual peace. The event will explore how poetry bares wounds and echoes the weight of our collective suffering and communicates with those who contribute to our trials to bring transformation and healing.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Poetry_as_a_Means_of_Healing_and_Transformation,_AWP_2024_.pdf



Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is the author of five poetry collections and founder of River Paw Press. Her works have been published in notable journals and translated into fifteen languages. A Pushcart nominee, she has received the Naji Naaman Literary Prize, Bihar Rajbhasha Award, and Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award.

Octavio Quintanilla is the founder of the literary festival VersoFrontera & publisher of Alabrava Press. His poetry collection, The Book of Wounded Sparrows, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press. He teaches literature and creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University. IG: @writeroctavioquintanilla

Candice Louisa Daquin is a licensed trauma psychotherapist specializing in adult survivors of abuse, as well as senior editor with Indie Blu(e) Publishing. Works include coeditorship of anthologies We Will Not Be Silenced (#metoo), SMITTEN (Lesbian poetry), and The Kali Project (female Indian poets).

Olena O'Lear (the pen name of Olena Brosalina) is a Ukrainian poet, translator, literary critic, and editor, PhD born in Kyiv. She is the author of two poetry collections and a number of translations of works by J. R. R. Tolkien and other authors. She works as a translator at Astrolabe Publishing.

Volodymyr Tymchuk is a Ukrainian writer and lieutenant colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, participating in the Russian-Ukrainian war. He has published over a dozen poetry collections and anthologies and has been awarded the Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Prize & the Markiyan Shashkevych Regional Prize.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center