Arts & The Brain: Writing to Heal

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:30pm

The Mansion


Arts & The Brain:
Writing to Heal

Seema Reza, author of When the World Breaks Open

The power and potency of words is poet Reza’s specialty. Reza discusses her work with service members fighting PTSD and other mental health challenges, and how writing can harness the healing power of creativity.

  • Reza serves coordinates a multi-hospital program that uses the arts as a tool for self-care and socialization
  • Reza's arts program has three components—structured literary analysis, unregulated art-making, and a weeklong-workshop that ends with a public performance

Seema Reza
Reza is a poet and essayist based in Washington DC, where she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Reza also serves as a council member-at-large for the Transformative Language Arts Network, which supports individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation.

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