Parkinson’s Poetry as Medicine Cafe

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
5 pm Mountain Daylight Time
(4 pm PDT, 6 pm CDT, 7 pm EDT)

Over a year ago, we hosted our first ever Poetry as Medicine Cafe. These poets, who are also Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassadors, shared what they learned, what they had written, and how poetry was becoming medicine to help them live well with Parkinson’s.

Now, they’re coming back to share even more about how they’ve grown as learners, thinkers, and poets. Please join us for our second Poetry as Medicine Cafe to hear their latest work and get inspired to pen a few of your own.

Wayne is a retired teacher and professor of English and Educational Psychology. He has published two poetry chapbooks: Magmamystic and From the Ashes. He is a full-time poet and is in demand as a performer, sometimes jamming with jazz musicians. Wayne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005. He took refuge in poetry and has written hundreds of “Parkie” poems, which he refers to as “metaphor medicine.” Wayne is co-founder of Reconnect with Your Body, a Dance for PD® affiliated class and performance company, co-founder of Us-in-a-Box Theatre Workshop, and founder and facilitator of Unlocked Poetry, a monthly workshop for prison poets, for several years. In 2018, Wayne received the 2018 Colorado Governor’s Creative Leadership Award.

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