So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
-William Shakespeare, SONNET 18

Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Poets

Arizona

Arizona Director/ Poet Christopher Lane, 1972-2012
We were deeply saddened to learn of Christopher's death in August of 2012. In the early stages of the APP Lane was the first person Glazner asked to help expand the APP to other states. He was an amazing advocate for poetry. On working with elders living with dementia Lane said, "I just see them as my Grand Ma and Grand Pa and hug them just like I would my own loved ones." He will be truly missed.

Lane was the director and founder of the Arizona chapter of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, sponsored by Northern Arizona Poets, (NORAZ Poets) began in 2003, under Lane's direction and became an official 501(c)(3) organization in 2005.

Among Lane's awards include: the 2010 Bill Desmond Writing Award; Arizona Commission on the Arts, the 2009, Mayor's Arts Award; City of Sedona Individual Category, the 2009: Artist Project Grant; City of Sedona Arts and Culture Commission, the 2008, Gardens for Humanity; Visionary Grant and a 2006, Emerging Artist Grant; City of Sedona Arts and Culture Commission. He has been a featured reader at Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at Arizona State University and the Tucson Poetry Festival. Lane was the author of "who is your god now?" published by Woodley & Watts. For more info For more info on the Arizona Chapter

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Lane performing poetry at the New Mexico History Museum

Germany

(Alzpoetry is the German Branch of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project)

Alzpoetry, German Director, Lars Rupple
Rupple is a nationally recognized poet and workshop leader. He is the author of three books of poetry published by Lektora Verlag Paderborn. He is the organizer and producer of the Hessen Slam and a member of the band Smaat. More info on Rupple at http://larsruppel.de/

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Lars Rupple leads an intergenerational workshop at Wollenbergschule, Wetter, Germany

Alzpoetry Poet, Wolf Hogekamp, Berlin
Wolf Hogekamp lives as an a/v editor and poet in Berlin. Since 1994 Wolf Hogekamp is reading and performing poetry and organizes regularly Poetry Slams in Berlin He is a pioneer of the German Poerty Slam scene. Since 2000 Hogekamp is the mentor of the Bastard Slam in Berlin, one of the most important and biggest Poetry Slams of the german spokenword scene. He was the founder of the first national of german speaking poetry slam in 1997, also he managed the 10th in 2007 in Berlin. More than 400 appearances with Poetry-Slams and readings on all important German-speaking stages.

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Hogekamp performs poetry in Berlin
Photo credit: Johannes Lehmann

Minnesota

APP MN Director, Poet, Zoe Bird
Zoe Bird, professional writer/editor and director of Pegleg Press, was APP's New Mexico Poet-in-Residence for three years. She has recently relocated to Minnesota and is starting the an APP there.

Bird is an award-winning documentarian and poet whose work has appeared in art installations, and publications including Runes, The Harwood Anthology, Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, Curbside Review, and Central Avenue Poetry Magazine. 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 and as art director for Not Drowning, Waving, a literary and art magazine. Bird has published three chapbooks, The Buried Flower (2002), Shedding Lions (2007) and Victrola (2009), and is at work on Poultice for a Wooden Leg, a full-length poetry collection.

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Bird and students perform poetry

Poet, Minnesota, Rachel Moritz
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.

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Rachel Moritz

New Mexico

Spanish Language Director, Poet, New Mexico, Michelle Otero
A writer, performer, and teacher, 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.

Together with visual artist Chrissie Orr, she teaches multigenerational art and storytelling workshops through El Otro Lado: The Stories that Connect Us. She holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. A tenth-generation New Mexican, she is Creative Director of Valle Encantado, an organization promoting sustainable development initiatives in the Atrisco historic core in Albuquerque, and co-founder of Connecting Community Voices, an Albuquerque-based organization building positive social change through creative community expression.

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Michelle Otero
Photo credit: Henry Rael, Arts of Aztlan

Guest Artist, New Mexico, Valerie Martínez
The APP is thrilled to be able to work with Martínez in 2013 as a guest artist under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Martínez is a poet, essayist, playwright, librettist, editor, educator, translator and collaborative artist. Her most recent book of poetry, Each and Her (winner of the 2011 Arizona Book Award) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, the William Carlos William Award, the National Book Critics Circle award, the PEN Open Book Award, the Ron Ridenhour Prize (among other honors) and was an honorable mention in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.

Martínez has a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from The University of Arizona. She has taught at the University of Arizona, Ursinus College, New Mexico Highlands University, University of New Mexico, College of Santa Fe, the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIA) and in the rural schools of Swaziland. She was the Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico for 2008-2010. Martínez recently finished an academic year as Visiting Associate Professor of English/Poetry at the University of Miami (2012-2013).

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Valerie Martínez

Poet, New Mexico, Joanne D. Dwyer
Joanne Dominique Dwyer has lived in New Mexico since 1980. She attended the College of Santa Fe, studying with Dana Levin, Greg Glazner, Mark Behr and Matt Donovan. She earned a degree there in Creative Writing in 2005. In 2009 Dwyer completed an MFA with the Warren Wilson Program for writers. A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award for emerging women writers, she has been published in The American Poetry Review, Conduit, FIELD, The Massachusetts Review, The New England Review, Tri-Quarterly and elsewhere.

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Joanne Dominique Dwyer

New York

Poet, New York, Beth Lisick
Lisick is a writer and performer currently living in Brooklyn. Her books include the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself. Lisick has toured the U.S. and Europe as a solo spoken word performer, front person for the band the Beth Lisick Ordeal, and member of the groundbreaking queer roadshow Sister Spit. Her other projects include comedic performance for the stage and screen with Tara Jepsen, curating the monthly Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, and teaching creative writing to young adults. She played the female lead in Frazer Bradshaw’s award-winning feature film Everything Strange and New and recently received a grant from the Creative Work Foundation to write a book about the developmentally disabled artists at Creativity Explored. Lisick starts in the short-film Stepsister, written and directed by Joey Izzo, which was featured at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Yokohama Threeway, a book on Sister Spit press (a new imprint of City Lights) is due out in 2013.

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Beth Lisick

Wisconsin

APP WI Director, Poet, Lisa Marie Brodsky Auter
Auter received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Loyola University of Chicago and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her chapbook of poetry, "We Nod Our Dark Heads" which weaves her experience of working with people living with Alzheimer's disease, was published by Parallel Press in 2008. A second poetry collection is forthcoming in 2013 from Salmon Publishing. Auter has had poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published nationally and internationally. She was the founder of "Inside Out Writing," a creative writing workshop in Madison where she combined her desire to help those in emotional need with her love of the written word. She currently works as a job coach for disabled adults and lives with her husband and three stepchildren in Evansville, a small town south of the capitol.

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Auter performs poetry.

Poet, Fabu Carter
Fabu, as she is professionally known, is a poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator. She was the third Madison Poet Laureate. (2008-2011). As a literary artist, she creates and shares writing that reflects her life spent in Memphis, Tennessee, Nairobi, Kenya and Madison, Wisconsin. She has published Poems, Dreams and Roses, In Our Own Tongues and Journey to Wisconsin: African American Life in Haiku. Journey to Wisconsin won Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association, 2012. Fabu is a Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry, and Bronze winner in Spoken Word/Poetry in 2013. Remember Me: Mary Lou Williams in Poetry is her latest work. She loves sharing and composing poetry with mature adults. Her website is www.artistfabu.com.

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Fabu Carter