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Arts Program - Poetry &
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The Language Arts Program at Northeast
Center for Special Care is a part of the Fine Arts and Performing
Arts Program. Creative expression through the written
word and poetry is an
transferable skill we help our Resident-Neighbors to
is done in small workshop settings. With
assistance from staff facilitators and encouragement
from peers, survivors begin to express their thought,
feelings loss, hope and dreams.
are vast worlds within each of our Resident-Neighbors whose immeasurable boundaries encompass both their
life journey and imagination which long to be
discovered and known. Poetry and the art of writing become
entryways to this inner-world.
The Creative Writing Program at Northeast
Center for Special Care is designed to encourage rich and
in-depth dialogues with these ever-burgeoning inner
worlds—the inner lives of individuals who have endured
traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or other
catastrophic and disabling conditions.
We believe that each individual has an elaborate dream-life clamoring away inside,
especially those exceptional people among us who are able
to tell their astonishing tales of survival and rebuilding. We ask our
writers to express, through their own
words and imaginings, to articulate through pen and paper, the moment to
moment experience of what it is to be who they are and what
they aspire to.
It is our belief that through a deeper engagement with the
inner life and the ongoing expression of the person's interminable
story when called upon, individuals are reconnected to their origin of
Creative writing groups are lead by
Carolyn Corbett. Ms. Corbett is a writer, poet, actor, writer,
filmmaker. She holds an MFA., degree from
New York University, a BA., in acting and directing from the
State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied
theatre arts at the University of Evansville. Ms.
Corbett is an adjunct professor at the State University of
New York at New Paltz. She has facilitated theatre and
movement workshops. Ms. Corbett is dedicated
to the process of art and human expression especially as
these forms pertain to poetry and the
development of original writing, live performance and film.
Participants are very active in the
creation of written work, "coffee house
night," readings are held on a regular basis and selected writings and poetry by Northeast Center for Special
Care Resident-Neighbors are published quarterly.
Resident-Neighbor poets and writers have done live readings
of their written works at regional venues. In 2008
an exhibition of poetry by Resident-Neighbor traumatic brain
injury survivors was presented at Gallery-in-the-Field, in
Brandon, VT. The Northeast Center Fine and Performing Arts
Program was chosen by the New York State Health Facilities
Association’s Clinical and Quality Services Committee to
receive a 2007 Innovative Practices Award.
and filmmaker Carolyn Corbett, MFA.,
and creative writing groups at Northeast Center for
Read some sample works created by Northeast Center for
Special Care Resident-Neighbors:
Ceiling of Night