At the Poetry Society of Michigan (PSM) Fall Meeting, Jack Ridl, the Honorary Chancellor of PSM, invited the members of PSM to bring poetry to a person who is a shut-in or disabled. Mr. Ridl is on the CavanKerry Press ADA Advisory Board. He has blogged at their website about how poetry can be a tool for healing.
Mr. Ridl described CKP’s outreach to the disabled including the Laurel Books Series, books on issues “associated with serious physical and/or psychological illness.” CavanKerry Press provides free of charge the Waiting Room Reader to hospitals and waiting rooms to patients and caregivers.
CKP is making artists the focus of ADA Awareness Month and the 25th anniversary of the passage of the ADA. PSM has been asked to volunteer, to share our art in order to improve the lives of the disabled or shut-ins in our communities. Email Mr. Ridl (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your volunteer experiences. Include your name and address and the name and address information of your partner in your volunteer endeavor. He will share our stories with CavanKerry Press.
Links to CavanKerry Press and information about the outreach project will be added to the PSM website, in the PSM newsletter and on Facebook. From Teresa Carson, Associate Publisher, CKP:
“We at CKP are delighted to partner with PSM on this important project! We will most definitely post any shared experiences. I hope other poetry societies are inspired to do the same. As discussed with Jack, CKP will donate books to be given to persons with disabilities or shut-ins.”
Be inspired by Jack’s experiences detailed in his most recent article.