Touched by Poetry
An Invitation to Participate
Touched By Parkinson's
A Healing Journey Through Poetry
Information & Guidelines
Have you or someone you love been touched by Parkinson's disease? Here is an opportunity to share your unique story, wisdom, and experiences in poetic form. You don't have to consider yourself a poet to participate. You just have to be willing to try something new and share your insights.
This book is being created to enable people to share their stories, imagine new ways to move through life, and to provide a healing journey for the brain and spirit.
To participate send one to three poems and a two sentence bio. You may include a url or link to your website. Please send everything in one attached Word document to TouchedByPoetry@gmail.com
Twenty-five entries will be selected for inclusion in the book entitled: Touched by Parkinson's, a Healing Journey Through Poetry which will be published on Amazon. Another 50-60 participants will have one of their poems featured in
Touched by Parkinson's, which will be edited by Kimberly Burnham and published by Inner Child Press.
The above anthology is open to anyone who has Parkinson's disease, has a family member or friend with Parkinson's, works with people with Parkinson's or has in some way been touched by Parkinson's disease and wants to contribute their story and inspiration.
There is interesting research on the healing benefits of sharing your story, listening to other people with a similar experience, and reading the images a writer can create with poetry. Below are some poetry prompts, ideas, and some of the research that will be featured in the book.
Other topics being considered for future books in the Touched by Poetry series include: Multiple Sclerosis, Macular Degeneration, Down Syndrome, Huntington's Ataxia, Diabetes, Arthritis / Joint Pain, Osteoporosis, Autism, Breast Cancer, PTSD, Addictions, Joint Pain, Strokes / Heart Attack, Aids / HIV, and ... YOU can suggest a future topic if you would like.
Readers of the book will have a chance to write their own poetry, as well as take a glimpse into your process. Thank you in advance for your generosity in the shared adventure. There will be no cost or payment to participants in this process. Credit for the poems will of course be given.
Deadline is April 10, 2016 for entry.
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Kimberly Burnham www.NerveWhisperer.Solutions is an award winning poet living in Spokane, Washington. In addition to contributing to over 30 books of poetry on Amazon.com she has a PhD in Integrative Medicine and specializes in using:
* Words: health coaching and guided imagery,
* Touch: manual therapy, acupressure, and craniosacral therapy, and
* Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): visualization, motor imagery, nutrition, reiki, matrix energetics, and self-care exercises.
She helps people with nervous system issues including: Parkinson's, MS, Huntington's ataxia, autism, seizure disorders, Down syndrome, etc. With her own story of vision recovery, Kimberly also specializes in supporting people with visual disorders, including macular degeneration, keratoconus, cataracts, and hand-eye coordination. Her clients have experienced positive changes despite having autoimmune conditions like lupus and diabetes, as well as chronic pain.
As a member of the Inner Child Press Poetry Posse, which publishes The Year of the Poet each month on Amazon (24 so far), Kimberly has participated with three or more poems every month since March, 2014. InnerChildPress.com.
Kimberly is one of 10 poets in the Tiferet Poem-A-Thon who are part of a book (August, 2015) entitled, 30 Poems in 30 Days: Writing Prompts & Poems from Tiferet Journal. Her poems can be found at TiferetJournal.com including, Dear Stranger about her 2013 Cross USA bicycle ride through Montana. It was published in the Summer, 2015 issue of the Tiferet Journal.
Several of her poems and an essay are published in Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers, which she edited with Gonzaga professor, Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein. A regular columnist for SpokaneFAVS, she explores the connection between healing, faith traditions, and alternative medicine on this multi-faith site. You can read her column at
Kimberly works with and coaches individual clients in person and via phone or skype. She writes extensively about health, healing the brain, and different aspects of social, emotional, and physical pain in our communities. Kimberly has written self-care books on Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, Huntington's Ataxia, cold and flu symptoms, Multiple Sclerosis, and diabetes. In 2014, she spoke at the Spokane Pain Conference.
Contact her at (860) 221-8510 or at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com
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