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Poetry Readings and Interviews

The Summit has ended, but you can still enjoy these Highlights.

These poet conversations are available for a limited time Encore. Additionally, you can watch select Speaker Talks, Event Replays, and Musical Performances during the Encore.

We are honored to have acclaimed poets joining us for this Summit! Each poet conversation will be available to watch for free from the day it is released until the end of the Summit.

These talks will be available to watch for free until: October 11, 11:59pm New York time

Time left to watch the Poet Conversations:

Day 1

Monica Sok

Will be posted on September 28 at 12:01am New York time.

  • Weaving Intergenerational Narratives

    Monica Sok

    Poet

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Honoring lineages and ancestral homelands by creating art that lasts beyond one’s life
    • Poetry as a way to write ourselves into the histories where we may have been erased
    • Reinventing the self beyond trauma and inherited traumatic histories to create openings into the future
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “I want poetry to be about acts of creation, so I can make room for things beyond trauma and expand the narrative of myself.” – Monica Sok

    Bonus: Poem – “The Weaver”

    A hand-written poem written in remembrance of her grandmother Em Bun, from her debut poetry collection  “A Nail the Evening Hangs On.”

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    Monica Sok

    Monica Sok is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). She has received fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Jerome Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and others.

    Her poems appear, or are forthcoming, in American Poetry Review, Paris Review, POETRY Magazine, Kenyon Review, New Republic, and others. She has taught poetry at Stanford University, and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, California.

    Learn more at www.monicasok.com.

Day 2

Ilya Kaminsky

Will be posted on September 29 at 12:01am New York time.

  • The Poet as a Witness: Living and Creating Through Tragedy

    Ilya Kaminsky

    Author

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    Warning: this important conversation includes the topics of war in Ukraine, police brutality, and the murder of children. Please consider whether this conversation may be disturbing to you. If you anticipate this topic to be too triggering for you to hear about and effectively process on your own, we recommend you choose not to listen.

    Highlights from this session:
    • Using art as a ladder to climb out of the depths of trauma
    • The shared international language of images that transcends culture
    • How to cultivate the imagination to change oppressive systems
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “We share human stories, human sounds, and human spells, simply because there are times in life when you have nothing else, and we still need to connect and to cast a spell on each other.” – Ilya Kaminsky

    Ilya Kaminsky

    Ilya Kaminsky is the author of the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), which Kevin Young, writing in The New Yorker, called a work of “profound imagination.” Poems from Deaf Republic were awarded Poetry Magazine‘s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. He is also the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), and Musica Humana (Chapiteau Press, 2002). Kaminsky has won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and The Foreword magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year award. Recently, he was on the short-list for the Neusdadt International Literature Prize.

    His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain, and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. His poems have been compared to work by Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsvetaeva.

    Learn more at www.ilyakaminsky.com

Day 3

Martín Espada

Will be posted on September 30 at 12:01am New York time.

  • The Gift of Finding Dignity in the Face of Pain

    Martín Espada

    Author, English Professor, and Narrative Poet

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    Highlights from this session:
    • The ethical compulsion to speak out against injustice
    • How the poet reconciles language and meaning in times of crisis
    • The healing and restorative power of storytelling
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “Times of hate call for poems of love.” – Martín Espada

    Bonus: Special Poetry Reading

    Reading the poem The Faces We Envision in the Faces of the Dead, remembering the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso.

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    Martín Espada

    Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His latest book of poems is called Floaters, winner of the 2021 National Book Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003) and Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996). He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019).

    He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, a Letras Boricuas Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays and poems, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

    Learn more at martinespada.net.

     

Day 4

Danez Smith

Will be posted on October 1 at 12:01am New York time.

  • The World We Want is Waiting for Us to Speak It Into Existence

    Danez Smith

    Poet

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    Highlights from this session:
    • The poet’s job in reminding people what is and what is possible
    • Finding the threads of universality through specificity
    • Developing clear intent for whom a poem reaches and how it touches them
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “We all can’t save the world, but if we can all save our block, then maybe that means the world is saved.” – Danez Smith

    Bonus: When the Drugs Were Portals I Traveled

    A new and unpublished poem

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    Danez Smith

    Danez Smith is the author of three collections including Homie and Don’t Call Us Dead. They have won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and have been a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry, the National Book Critic Circle Award, and the National Book Award.

    Danez’s poetry and prose has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Best American Poetry and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Former co-host of the Webby nominated podcast VS (Versus), they live in Minneapolis near their people.

Day 5

Jane Hirshfield

Will be posted on October 2 at 12:01am New York time.

  • Gestures of Liberation

    Jane Hirshfield

    Poet, Essayist, Translator, and Teacher

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Embracing discovery in life and in poetry, to find something out that we had not thought or felt before
    • Shame and embarrassment as useful indicators of the need for change when something is unbearable
    • Reconciliation and amends as ways that the rusted, closed hinges of the heart might be oiled open
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “It is simply rude to look only at the suffering and to not to look at the beauty, the love, the kindness, the compassion, the acts of caring, the interconnection that are equally abiding.” – Jane Hirshfield

    Jane Hirshfield

    Jane Hirshfield is among American poetry’s central spokespersons for concerns of the biosphere. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the founder of Poets For Science, Hirshfield is the author of nine collections of poetry, including most recently Ledger (Knopf, 2020). Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award and the California Book Award; The Beauty (2015), was long-listed for the National Book Award and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The author as well of two now-classic collections of essays on poetry’s – and the psyche’s – infrastructure and craft, Nine Gates and Ten Windows, Hirshfield has also edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the deep past. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The TLS, Poetry, and ten editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. In 2019, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

    Learn more at barclayagency.com.

Day 6

Camonghne Felix

Will be posted on October 3 at 12:01am New York time.

  • Poetry as World Building

    Camonghne Felix

    Poet and Political Communications Strategist

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Why you do not have to be a poet to access the world building capacity that poems can offer 
    • Decentering whiteness and intellect, and preserving an artist’s spirituality capacity
    • Poems as structural portals that precede our understanding of them 

     

    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “We are trying to speak to a future that doesn’t yet exist because it can’t exist, but this intuitive, knowing that it must and that it is inevitable.” – Camonghne Felix

    Camonghne Felix

    Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019) which was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets, Harvard Review, LitHub, The New Yorker, PEN America, Poetry Magazine, Freeman’s, and elsewhere. Felix’s next book, Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation, is forthcoming in February 2023 from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

    Learn more about Camonghne and her work at tuesdayagency.com.

Day 7

Danusha Laméris

Will be posted on October 4 at 12:01am New York time.

  • Writing as Alchemy

    Danusha Laméris

    Poet, Teacher, and Community Holder

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Accessing liberation, empowerment, and vulnerability through writing
    • How poetry invites all parts of ourselves, even the broken pieces, into the world
    • Experiencing acute beauty amongst pain and hardship
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “We have all of these really effective labels to parse all of experience into these piles. And I think what’s so alchemical about the process of writing is that we mix up the piles.” – Danusha Laméris

    Bonus: One Month Membership to Hearthfire Writing Community

    A free month’s membership to her Hearthfire Writing Community, an aspect of the ongoing Poetry of Resilience webinars.

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    Danusha Laméris

    Danusha Laméris was raised in Northern California, born to a Dutch father and a Barbadian mother. Her first book, The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award. She’s also the author of Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Prize, and a recipient of the Northern California Book Award. Some of her work has been published in The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The American Scholar, and Orion. Winner of the 2020 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award, she is a Poet Laureate emeritus of Santa Cruz, California, co-leads the Poetry of Resilience webinars and Hearthfire Writing Community with James Crews, and is on the faculty of Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

    Learn more at danushalameris.com.

Day 8

David Whyte

Will be posted on October 5 at 12:01am New York time.

  • The Vulnerable Choice of Breaking Our Hearts Open

    David Whyte

    Poet, Author, and Philosopher

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Dismantling outworn wounds and promises in order to come into a greater generosity with our human community
    • How vulnerability opens us to trauma and yet brings us the deepest joy and meaning
    • Giving voice to that which cannot be spoken
    Watch a Short Preview of this Session

    “A good poem or good speech is listened into the world as much as it’s spoken.” – David Whyte

    David Whyte

    David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

    The author of eleven books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

    His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.

    David Whyte is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. He is the recipient of two honorary degrees: from Neumann College in Pennsylvania and Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.

    Learn more at davidwhyte.com 

Collective Trauma Summit Hosts

  • Thomas Hübl

    Host, Teacher, Author of Healing Collective Trauma, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science

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    Thomas Hübl 

    Thomas Hübl is a teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since the early 2000s, he has been leading large-scale events and courses that focus on the healing and integration of trauma, with a special focus on the shared history of Israelis and Germans. Over the last decade, he has facilitated dialogue with thousands of people around healing the collective traumas of racism, oppression, colonialism, and genocides in the U.S., Israel, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. He has been teaching workshops and presenting trainings for Harvard Medical School since 2019. Hübl received a PhD in Wisdom Studies from Ubiquity University in 2022.

    His non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world. He is the author of the book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. Learn more online at thomashuebl.com

  • Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca

    Host, Psychotherapist, Cultural Analyst, and Collective Healing Researcher

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    Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca

    Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca is a psychotherapist, cultural analyst, author and educator. She has a passion for supporting people, individually and as part of a community, to live life to the fullest, and does so through her psychotherapeutic and counselling work with individuals, couples and groups over the last 14 years. She also provides professional training, educational material, research and has offered presentations on various national media in Mexico and Canada. Besides degrees in Literature and Linguistics (BAHons), Discourse Analysis (MA) and Social, Community and Organizational Studies, (PhD, Chaos and complexity theories applied to social healing) Laura holds diplomas as Narrative Therapist (from the Latin American Institute of Family Studies, Mexico City), Anger Management Specialist (with Moose Anger Management in Vancouver, Canada) and Intuitive Integral Psychotherapist and Trainer from the Masters Center for Transformation (Ashland, Oregon). She studies with Thomas Hübl since 2016, graduated from the first Pocket Project training, has participated in the last three Collective Trauma Summits as a panelist and then a host, facilitated the Latin-American, Mexican and Colombia Collective Trauma Exploration Labs, and hosts BIPOC spaces in courses offered by Thomas. Beside her PhD thesis, a written psychotherapeutic prototype session for Mexico, she edited a pioneering book on Collective healing with Maurizio Andolfi (The Oaxaca Book, Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia, Roma: 2008), and has been active in the field of collective healing since 2004.

    Learn more here.

  • Robin Alfred

    Host, Executive Coach, Facilitator of Transformation Fields, and Purpose Consultant

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    Robin Alfred

    Robin Alfred has been studying with Thomas for over 14 years. He is a Senior Student and has had the honour and delight of serving as a mentor on many of Thomas’s online courses and of being one of the co-hosts of each of the three previous Online Trauma Summits. Robin’s passion is to support individual and collective awakening through the embodiment of the timeless, and yet contemporary, mystical teachings that Thomas offers. He practices this in his work as an executive coach, leadership trainer, event facilitator and organisational consultant, all of which have a global reach. He describes his purpose as ‘the facilitation of transformational and healing fields’ – be this in individuals, groups or organisations. Born into a Jewish family, with refugee grandparents who suffered the trauma of persecution in Russia and Poland, Robin has now lived for 27 years in the Findhorn ecovillage and spiritual community in Scotland and studied with a Sufi master for 6 years before meeting Thomas. Robin is a lover of silence, poetry, nature and all things sustainable.

  • Ruby Mendenhall

    Host, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation

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    Ruby Mendenhall

    Ruby Mendenhall is the Lee Dallenbauch Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruby is an Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. She is the founder of the Designing Resiliency and Well-being Maker Lab Node at the college of medicine. She is the co-developer of Designing Spaces of Hope: Interiors and Exteriors and the Community Healing and Resistance through Storytelling frameworks. Her research examines Black mothers’ resiliency and spirituality, and how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects their mental and physical health. She is currently directing the STEM Illinois Nobel Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, which provides unprecedented access to computer science and the training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Citizen/Community Scientists (CSs). Recent grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will also support work around training CHWs and CSs. She is the co-creator of the Wellness Store, which seeks to create a culture of health. Ruby discusses her vision for healing in her TEDxUIUC talk entitled DREAMing and Designing Spaces of Hope in a “Hidden America”. Website: https://afro.illinois.edu/directory/profile/rubymen

  • Kosha Joubert

    Host, CEO of the Pocket Project, Former CEO of the Global Ecovillage Network

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    Kosha Joubert

    Kosha Anja Joubert serves as CEO of the Pocket Project, dedicated to restoring a fragmented world by addressing and integrating ancestral and collective trauma. She holds an MSc in Organisational Development, is an international facilitator, author, coach and consultant, and has worked extensively in the fields of sustainable development, community engagement and intercultural collaboration. Kosha grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and has been dedicated to the healing of divides and transformational edge-work ever since. She has authored several books and received the Dadi Janki Award (2017) for engaging spirituality in life and work and the One World Award (2018) for her work in building the Global Ecovillage Network to a worldwide movement reaching out to over 6000 communities on all continents. Learn more here.

  • Dr. Angel Acosta

    Host and Principal Consultant at Acosta Consulting

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    Dr. Angel Acosta

    For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. With a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Acosta has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.

    After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Dr. Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School. Learn more at www.drangelacosta.com

     

  • Anna Molitor

    Poetry Curator and Host, Somatic Healing Practitioner and Group Facilitator

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    Anna Molitor

    Anna is a somatic healing practitioner, group facilitator, and a lover of poetry and movement arts that open a path toward what is most essential. She has a deep passion for the mystery and precision of individual and collective trauma healing and restoration. Anna’s work is deeply informed by 10 years of study and work with Thomas Hübl, her immersion as an assistant facilitator in Bloodline Healing (an ancestral healing modality), and her study of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Healing. She bows to the poets, myth-tellers, musicians, healers, teachers, dancers, artists and wild creatures who have blessed her path and woven their magic into who she has become. Anna is a senior student of Thomas Hübl and an assistant and mentor for the current Timeless Wisdom Training. She is delighted to serve for the third year as the Collective Trauma Summit Poetry Curator.

  • Matthew Green

    Host, Journalist, and Author of Aftershock: Fighting War, Surviving Trauma, and Finding Peace

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    Matthew Green

    Matthew is a journalist and author of Aftershock: Fighting War, Surviving Trauma, and Finding Peace, a book documenting how military veterans and their families are exploring new ways to heal from PTSD. He has reported from across Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and is now focused on understanding the relationship between climate change and collective trauma. Matthew is a student in the Timeless Wisdom Training with Thomas Hübl. He writes a weekly newsletter on healing collective trauma called Resonant World.

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