Welcome to Known by Heart

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About Known by Heart

Known by Heart provides writing and poetry experiences that deliver on our modest tagline promise: Better Living Through Poetry. What does that mean? It means writing and creativity are powerful stuff, with the capacity to help people make sense of their lives, give voice to their perspectives, build community and more. Learn more about Known by Heart.

Big thanks to wonderful folks at FilmNorth’s JuiceMedia collective for making this documentary.

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Known by Heart Projects & Partnerships

Poetry Posters

Check our Poetry Posters page 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, Hamline 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

Artful Aging

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

“Writing Home” Project

In the Fall of 2017, Known by Heart wrapped up the Writing Home project, which brought 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 the Writing Home project possible.

Logos for the Knight Foundation, the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation

Sponsors of the Writing Home project

Accessibility Statement

As a legally blind person myself, it’s my goal to make this site as accessible as possible. We’ve made some improvements, and it’s still a work in progress. Please contact Known by Heart if you have suggestions that would improve your experience of this site or make it more generally accessible.….Yours imperfectly, Naomi