Poetry begins by, simply, caring.

It begins when we’re no longer indifferent to what happens in and to the world around us, in and to the people around us, in and to ourselves.

Poetry emboldens us to exalt our awareness of the world and ourselves.

Scriptorium Poetry and Words started on the conviction that people need more poetry.

It was born out of the belief that the work of poetry can serve real needs of real people in real ways, especially people who have experienced abuse and trauma.

It’s built on the belief that poetry gives us refreshing and powerful ways to manage the hardships, joys, disappointments, surprises, madness and beauty of the world and the world of ourselves.

In this light, Scriptorium is inspired by the belief that poetry can make a difference – and maybe isĀ the difference – in the individual life. Why? Poetry, like all art, is powered by responsibility.

Scriptorium Poetry and Words uses the extraordinary work of poetry as a way for you to happen to the world, through our platforms of community workshops, outreach, and opportunities for performance.

Our passion is poetry as the beginning of possibility.