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Ronna Bloom

Ronna Bloom  is a poet, teacher and psychotherapist.

For many years she has written and taught poetry, performed, published, shared it in festivals, libraries, living rooms and classrooms. For her, poetry has been a vehicle of expression, a way to connect with others, and a manner of responding to the world.

She has written four books:   Fear of the Ride  (Carleton University Press, 1986), Personal Effects  (Pedlar Press, 2000),  Public Works  (Pedlar Press, 2004) and Permiso  (Pedlar Press, 2009).   Fear of the Ride  was shortlisted for the Gerard Lampert Award and  Public Works  was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award.


Meg Walker of the Globe & Mail says Bloom’s latest offering,  Permiso , has a “synthesis of contradictory passions into graceful poetics” and “accept[s] almost any sound—in this case any subject matter—as permissible textures for honest poems.”


She has also been a psychotherapist in private practice. She listens for the places people are stuck, offering ways to look directly at their experiences and to support the expression of their lives.


Each of these strands has evolved for nearly twenty years. Occasionally, they come together as in workshops which use writing as a tool to work through writer’s block and other human frustrations.


Recently, she has begun working as a poetry coach. Depending on what a person is aiming for, this might mean using writing as a way to explore personal issues, or working with material that is emotionally alive as a way to deepen one’s writing.


She continues to develop each of these strands: teaching, working as a psychotherapist, and writing. And they continue to weave together, or not, as needed.