The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project
& Aging Questions
Today’s guest will be the Founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Gary Glazner. We will have a lively discussion with Gary and others that have joined his mission to bring joy of poetry to those dealing with dementia.
Gary Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, (APP). The National Endowment for the Arts listed the APP as a “best practice” for their Arts and Aging initiative. NBC’s “Today” show, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Voice of America have featured segments on Glazner’s work. Harper Collins, W.W. Norton and Salon.com have published his work. To date the APP has held programming in 23 states and internationally in Germany, Poland and South Korea, serving over 15,000 people living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement
Additional Guests who are working with Gary on the Alzheimer’s Project are:
Zoe Bird, professional writer/editor and director of Pegleg Press, was APP’s New Mexico Poet-in-Residence for three years.
She co-hosted Santa Fe’s monthly Poets for Peace readings for seven years and Open Poetry readings for five, taught creative writing in the Documentary Studies Certificate Program at the College of Santa Fe, was a staff member of the Center for Contemporary Arts, served on the board of PEN New Mexico
Rachel Moritz is the author of Night-Sea (2008) and The Winchester Monologues (2005), both from New Michigan Press, and Elementary Rituals (2013, Albion Books). Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, HOW2, Indiana Review, 26, TYPO, and other journals. Among her awards are a 2008 SASE/Jerome grant and 2005 and 2010 fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Rachel has taught writing in a wide variety of community and academic settings, and she also edits poetry for Konundrum Engine Literary Review.
Michelle Otero is the author of Malinche’s Daughter, an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Artful Dodge, Brevity, and Puerto del Sol, and her awards include an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journal Award and a Fulbright Fellowship. She is member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop.
Fabu Carter was appointed as Madison’s third Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2011. Her appointment is supported by the Madison Arts Commission. Fabu holds a double Masters from the University of Wisconsin- in African Languages and Literature and African-American Studies. She is also a founding member of the Hibiscus Collective, a local group of multi-cultural women writers, and a guest columnist for The Capital Times and The Capital City Hues.
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Angil Tarach-Ritchey is a highly respected eldercare expert, bestselling author, registered nurse, geriatric care manager, speaker and consultant, with over 30 years in geriatric care and advocacy. Her latest best-selling book, titled Behind the Old Face: Aging in America and the Coming Elder Boom, has been endorsed by highly respected leaders and organizations and is receiving excellent reviews from healthcare professionals and laypersons alike.
You can contact Angil via her website.