Shelter In place support group of one series



During the duration of Shelter in place in Minnesota, I received a Forecast Public Art Mini-Grant for Hope to be able to connect with people every day through poetry. People signed up for a session and I talked with them over the phone about a person in their lives they are missing or loving. After the conversation, I put the phone on speaker so they could hear the typewritter work while they reflected on the person. When the poem was finished, I read it to them outloud, we often cried, and then I put the poem in the mail to the person that inspired it. 

See some examples of the poems here:

Shelter In Poetry Project

 Poetry for People

Molly Van Avery is the Founder of Minneapolis-based Poetry for People. The mission of Poetry for People is to infuse poetry into the daily lives of people and neighborhoods to cultivate pleasure, curiosity, and interest in the world and the people who live in it. 


Past Projects




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