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Ronna Bloom
BIO
Biography

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. ronnabloom.com

ADDRESS
City: Toronto, Province/Territory: Ontario
EMAIL
GENRE
Poetry
LANGUAGES
English
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Fear of the Ride
Publisher
McGill-Queens
Year
1996
Title
Personal Effects
Publisher
Pedlar Press
Year
2000
Title
Public Works
Publisher
Pedlar Press
Year
2004
Title
Permiso
Publisher
Pedlar Press
Year
2009
Title
Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement
Publisher
Pedlar Press
Year
2012
Title
The More
Publisher
Pedlar Press
Year
2017
Title
Who is Your Mercy Contact?
Publisher
Espresso-Chapbooks
Year
2022
AWARDS
Awards
Name
City of Toronto Book Award
Name
Longlist
Publication
The More
Year
2018
LINKS
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
20-100
Presentation Length
Approximately 1 hour
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Examples of Recent Presentations:
1. "The Reflecting Poem: What Can Poetry Do in Health Care? for Health Care Professionals

2. "Prescribing Poetry: Beyond the Body"

3. "Community Engagement through Poetry" different ways of bringing poetry to the public including its presence in hospitals, and through architecture.

If you're interested in a talk or keynote presentation, please contact me to discuss.

Presentation Fee(s)
$500-$1000
Workshop details
Audience Size
5-50
Intended Audience
10-100
Workshop Length
45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Workshop Description
Workshop description

I offer a variety of workshops for schools, health care professionals and communities. No experience is required.

One example is Panic-Free Poetry an introduction to writing. See below for full description. And more themed wellness sessions such as Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are, Awake at Work and What if you didn't? and other questions to ask when you're exhausted.

Best to contact me to talk about your needs.

Workshop Fee(s)
$300-$600
School presentation details
Audience Size
10-40
Intended Audience
10 and up. Grade 3 and up.
Presentation Length
45 minutes to 1 hour.
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Panic-Free Poetry

This workshop is designed to take the anxiety out of poetry. Through poems and exercises, you will be encouraged to write a few short pieces that give form to your own feelings, experiences and concerns. In this session, you will hear poems that show how poetry comes from ordinary life, learn 5 rules for writing and write one or two short pieces.

Presentation Fee(s)
$300
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
All members are eligible for the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program. Are you interested in participating in this pro
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
Yes