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Ronna Bloom

Photo: by Marius Masalar 2017

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and long listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese.

Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her "Spontaneous Poetry Booth" and "RX for Poetry" have been featured in hospitals, fundraisers and local fairs in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.

E-mail: c/o Writers' Union of Canada
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The More. Pedlar Press, 2017
Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement. Pedlar Press, 2012
Permiso. Pedlar Press, 2009
Public Works. Pedlar Press, 2004
Personal Effects. Pedlar Press, 2000
Fear of the Ride. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996
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Presentation Description

Two presentations:

1. "The Panic-Free Poetry workshop" invites students to write poetry based on their emotions, experiences and language.

2. "What Can Poetry Do?" this presentation shares stories of how poetry can been used in health care, fundraising, at public events and wherever there are people who need poetry.

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