Sept. 10 – Oct. 21, 2012. | Taught by Marianela Medrano-Marra | $210 non-member; $189 members.
"Writing from the Root and Through the Body" is a course designed to help you explore the relationship between your culture of origin, the language of the body and the manifestation of a true sense of self. Through guided writing and the readings of specific poems you will be offered a multiplicity of lenses to expand the perception of culture beyond a racial or ethnic identity, transcending and including it. At the end, you will walk away with a body of work that presents you as more than a name, a language, a body and set of cultural practices. In other words, writing that shows the vastness of being You.
Marianela Medrano-Marra is a Dominican writer, poet, psychotherapist and certified poetry therapist living in Connecticut since 1990. She holds a CT license as a Professional Counselor and national certification as a counselor and as a poetry therapist. She holds a PhD in psychology from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, now Sofia University in California, where in 2006 she received a Fellowship to conduct studies on the spiritual practices of the Taíno people of the Caribbean. In addition she holds a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. In 2009 she received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Federation of Biblio Poetry Therapy for her work in the Dominican Republic and USA.
Her individual publications include: Oficio de Vivir (Buho,1986), Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza (Buho,1987), Regando Esencias/ The Scent of Waiting (Alcance,1998), Curada de Espantos (Torremozas, 2002) and Diosas de la Yuca (Terramozas 2011). Medrano-Marra’s work also appears in literary magazines and academic journals such as Brooklyn Review, Punto 7 Review, Sisters of Caliban, Callaloo, Tertuliando/Hanging Out, Letras Femeninas, Kacike, Trivia Voices of Feminism, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Sandplay Therapy Journal, The Afro-Latin@ Reader, and Letralia among others.