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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 Projects & Partnerships
Check our blog for free downloadable poetry posters* featuring the work of writers who have participated in Known by Heart workshops.
Poetry and Writing in Community
We offer writing and poetry workshops focused on inspiration, fun, learning, and community. We help people find their voice and use it to share what’s important to them. Some current and recent partners include Ebenezer –Minneapolis, FilmNorth, Hamiline Midway Elders, St. Anthony Park Area Seniors and Seal Hi Rise. Check Events for current offerings or get in touch if you want to partner in your community.
We also feature poetry performances in partnership with the lovely folks at Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.
“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
Known by Heart Teaching Artist Naomi Cohn is on the COMPAS Artful Aging Teaching Artist Roster.
To learn more about Naomi’s teaching artist work through COMPAS check out this COMPAS piece.
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. One of these pieces, Entries from the Braille Encyclopedia, is growing into a project of its own. Right now I’m calling it a book-length prose poem, but perhaps it’s a long lyric essay….” Naomi Cohn
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).
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.
*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