Welcome to Known by Heart

You’ve come to the right place for Known by Heart creative writing and learning offerings.

Check out this video about Known by Heart–

Big thanks to wonderful folks at Independent Filmmaker Project MN  JuiceMedia for making this documentary.


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Known by Heart Current Projects & Partnerships…

Writing Home

Fall 2017: Known  by Heart wrapped up this project Bringing creative writing workshops to older adults living around the Creative Enterprise Zone in Saint Paul (55114).

Check our blog for downloadable poetry posters* featuring the work of writers who participated in the project.

Future classes: Known by Heart continues to collaborate with local partners to offer writing workshops for older adults. Sign up for our newsletter or check our Events page for more offerings in 2018.


Big thanks to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation, and the Trillium Family Foundation for funding to make this project possible.

logos in line aug 2016

Artful Aging

Known by Heart Teaching Artist Naomi Cohn is now on the COMPAS Artful Aging Teaching Artist Roster.

To learn more about my teaching artist work check out this COMPAS piece.


Poetry and Writing in Community

You don’t have to be old to play with Known by Heart. We feature poetry performances in partnership with Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as well as writing and poetry workshops. Check Events for current offerings or get in touch if you want to partner in your community.

“Naomi was a favorite with both kids and project leaders. Naomi connected effortlessly with the teens. The kids appreciated her brisk pacing, encouraging feedback and genuine interest in their development as writers.. We will definitely hope for a return visit.”

–Scott Lowery, Teen Voices Project, Winona, MN


Keeping the Artist in Teaching Artist

This is also the place to find out what Naomi Cohn’s working on in her own writing life. Check the writing page for recent publications.

“Right now most of my poems are focused on my local environment in my neighborhood, the 55114 zip. I’m also working on a collection of  personal essays, The World in Your Hands:  A Midlife Love Affair with Learning Braille.” Naomi Cohn


*As a legally blind person myself, it’s an embarrassing confession to call out that this website isn’t yet fully accessible to other blind folk and other folks with print disabilities. 

In particular, I’m aware that the downloadable posters are not accessible. For the short term: apologies and please contact Known by Heart if you would like a text version. For the longer term: one of my 2018 goals is to improve the accessibility of this website….Yours imperfectly, Naomi