“Stimulating, interactive, collegial, creative, empowering, friendly, affirming.” –Workshop participant
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.
Known by Heart specializes in working with older adults and people with disabilities, but we’ve teamed up with a variety of partners from theater (Dreamland Arts) to teen writing programs (Winona Teen Voices) to yoga (Embodied Health). Known byHeart founder and teaching artist Naomi Cohn is also proud to be a member of the COMPAS teaching artist roster.
In addition to workshops and classes, Known by Heart also teams up with the fabulous folks at Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library to offer poetry performance events. Springboard for the Arts provides fiscal sponsorship for Known by Heart.
“Our residents thrive in Naomi’s poetry classes. They can’t wait for each new series to start and they attend faithfully (without reminders!). She brings in a splendid array of materials each time to enrich their learning and make the sessions lively, multi-dimensional, and fun. The participants get so excited about sharing what they have written… She’s one of the best teachers I’ve run across. ”
–Pat Samples, Ebenezer—Minneapolis, Lifelong Learning Coordinator
About Naomi Cohn
“…Naomi brings out the best in folks.” — Workshop participant
Naomi Cohn is a writer, therapist and teaching artist who works with older adults and people with vision loss. She is the creator/chief instigator of Known by Heart.
Red Dragonfly Press published a chapbook of her poems on insects, Between Nectar & Eternity, in 2013. Her writing has also appeared in About Place, Amygdala, Fourth River, Water~Stone and Fish Stories, among other places. Her work has been featured as part of St. Paul’s sidewalk poetry project and on local access cable television and National Public Radio. She’s been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three VSA Minnesota grants, a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grant and residencies at Norcroft, Anderson Center, Pine Needles, Edenfred and the Studios of Key West.
She is the author of a handbook on organizing around urban watersheds and is the former editor of Disclosure, a national publication on community organizing. She is currently working on a collection of essays about the experience of learning to read braille as an adult.
Naomi is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist, holds a masters in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University and a bachelors from Cornell University.