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Wick Poetry Center News

Humanism and the Healing Arts Conference

Posted Apr. 2, 2012

Summa Health System’s Institute for Professionalism Inquiry, in collaboration with Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, will host certified poetry therapist John Fox on Wednesday, April 11, at 8 a.m., during the annual Humanism and the Healing Arts Conference in the Raymond Firestone Auditorium at Summa Akron City Hospital.

Fox will present the keynote lecture at the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and will address how patient-centered treatment can be improved by a deepening of reflective practice through creative expression. Fox is the founder and director of the Institute for Poetic Medicine and the author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He has been leading writing workshops and retreats for the public for 24 years.

The conference focuses on the art of poetry and how it can resonate with healing force in health care settings, both for patients and for caregivers. It will also feature a poetry performance by participants in the Healing Stanzas project, a collaboration between Summa, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and Glyphix design studio, as well as a panel discussion of the incorporation of poetry in health care settings, and an opportunity for participants to engage in poetry writing.

Call Summa Connections at 800-237-8662 to reserve your seat.

More information is available at or by calling the Wick Poetry Center at 330-672-2067.