Molly Wingate is the executive director of Poetry Heals, a nonprofit organization that brings therapeutic poetry writing to people living difficult lives. This organization is Wingate’s crowning creative achievement. After decades of writing and teaching writing, including 14 years as the Colorado College Writing Center Director, she learned about a program that takes poetry writing to teens in jail and in homeless shelters in Seattle. She sought out collaborators and adapted the program for the Pikes Peak region. Five years later, Poetry Heals has worked with hundreds of writers — some many times, some only once. Poetry writing transforms trauma and opens doors for writers to understand their experiences and seek support. It seems like magic.

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