Welcome to Revisionary Arts
Revisionary Arts (RA) is a 501(c)3/nonprofit that facilitates self-care and healing through the interconnectedness of poetry and medicine. RA strives to construct spaces where participants feel empowered to creatively explore their human vulnerabilities.
Simply put, poetic therapy is a personal and communal celebration of our human vulnerability. More specifically, it involves the reading of poetry – and the recognition of its intersection with our lives – as well the exploration of the past (and present) through discussion, reflection, and poetic expression.
Like any form of writing, poetry is a means of articulating our experiences, but unlike other genres, poetry requires us to focus on the most critical elements of our story.
Most importantly, the poem is both a container for our suffering as well as a portal to a deeper understanding of it.
Our Origin Story
Dr. Rosemarie Dombrowski’s relationship with medical and disability originated over two decades ago, when she began writing poems about neuro-atypicality and biomedical disorders, both of which have shaped the past twenty-three years of her life. As the single parent and primary caregiver to a son with nonverbal Autism (as well as other disabilities and disorders), her poetry became a space for sharing her son’s story as well as processing her own pain and trauma, the latter of which eventually led her to a specialization in poetic therapy and the Medical Humanities.
After receiving a Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets in May 2020, she was inspired to create RA and make poetic therapy a more widely recognized complementary modality.
“Poetic therapy led me to a reflective space of encounter and mutual release between body and soul/heart/spirit where I was able to get out of my own way and connect with the necessary emotions and words.”
Roxanne Doty, workshop participant, writer, and lover of cats.
“I look forward to this event every month. It is very empowering, and I feel safe and validated. So grateful this opportunity came into my life and I hope it continues for a long time.”
“I was intimidated to join, but the workshop was very welcoming, and I didn’t have to put myself out of my comfort zone if I didn’t want to.”
Revisionary Arts is made possible (in part) by the Academy of American Poets, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.