I can hear you
making small holes
in the silence
rain
-Hone Tuwhare, Rain

Alzheimer's Poetry Project National Advisory Board

Richard Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Taylor is a retired Psychologist, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's-type dementia in 2001 at the age of 58. Now 65, he is a champion for individuals with early-stage and early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and has started over 50 chat rooms worldwide for people with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones.

Dr. Taylor is the author of the book "Alzheimer's from the Inside Out" (Health Professions Press, 2006). In this thoughtful and self-reflective book, he has written a collection of illuminating essays that offer a rare glimpse into the often incomprehensible world of individuals living with so-called Alzheimer's disease. The book provides a provocative and courageous account of his slow transformation and deterioration, and of the growing divide between his reality and the reality of others.

More info on Dr. Taylor at http://www.richardtaylorphd.com/

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Daniel Kaplan, PhD, LICSW, LMSW, CSW-G, QDCS
Dr. Kaplan is a clinical social worker with expertise in mental and neurological disorders. He earned his doctorate at Columbia University School of Social Work and now has an NIMH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research plans include both intervention and implementation studies that will optimize care services, clinical interventions and supportive environments for older adults with mental and neurological disorders living in the community.

Dr. Kaplan is the former National Director of Social Services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, where he supervised a team of social work clinicians, designed and managed service programs, and worked closely with program innovators from around the United States. He has also worked in an Elder Protective Services and Elder at Risk program-conducting forensic investigations and extensive interventions on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He recently developed and continues to teach a course, entitled "Social Work Practice with Individuals with Dementia and their Families," for graduate social work students at Columbia University.

He holds clinical social work licensure in New York and Massachusetts, as well as an NASW certification in advanced gerontological clinical social work. In addition, Dr. Kaplan currently works as a consultant program evaluator for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative, the Hartford National Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the Geriatric Social Work Practice Fellows Program.

David Shenk
David Shenk is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us ("deeply interesting and important" - New York Times), The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a popular lecturer, a short-film director, and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. He has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper's, Spy, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS. Shenk lives in Brooklyn.

The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic (Doubleday, 2001) won First Prize in the British Medical Association's Popular Medical Book Awards, and was welcomed by John Bayley as "the definitive work on Alzheimer's." The Los Angeles Times Book Review called it, "a remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind." In January, 2004, PBS broadcast "The Forgetting," a prime-time documentary inspired by the book. In 2006, the book was featured in Sarah Polley's film "Away From Her." Shenk speaks frequently on the history, biology and social urgency of Alzheimer's disease. He has also advised the President's Council on Bioethics on dementia-related issues, and directed four short animated films about Alzheimer's.

More about The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic at http://www.randomhouse.com/features/forgetting/

Kim Addonizio
Addonizio is the author of three books of poetry and a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Commonwealth Club Poetry Medal, and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kurt Heinzelman
Heinzelman is Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, and Executive Curator for Academic Programs at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. He is also a resident faculty member in the James A. Michener Center for Writers. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Marc Smith
Smith is the founder and inventor of the Poetry Slam. He has recited his poetry at The Smithsonian Institute, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as giving over one thousand performances at the Green Mill in Chicago.

Naomi Shihab Nye
Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Wittner Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has received, among other honors, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and four Pushcart Prizes. Her work has been presented on National Public Radio on such shows as A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials: "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and "The United States of Poetry" and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers.