NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Poetry Program
Poetry is an expression of the soul as unique as every individual who puts the pen to paper. We at NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Network maintain that any creative expression of an individual is a poem whether it rhymes or not; whether it is one word or pages long.
Program Contact: Jacquese Armstrong, Coordinator of NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Network, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest
April is the National Poetry Month and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI NJ inaugurated the Annual NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest in 2014, which has grown to be a well-loved public event with enthusiastic responses from NJ’s diverse communities each year. Click here to view the 2020 Mental Health Poetry Contest results!
After each spring, poems submitted for the annual NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest will be showcased here in the Poetry Corner. We hope these poems touch you, too.
Virtual Poetry Workshops
In some seasons, our Expressive Arts Network Coordinator, Jacquese Armstrong, holds virtual poetry workshops where a theme is given for that season and community poets share their work. Jacquese is a poet/writer/inspirational speaker and has been a NAMI NJ volunteer for over a decade. Her work has been published in Black Magnolias Literary Journal, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Blackberry: a magazine, SZ Magazine, Anchor Magazine and BlackMentalHealthNet.com. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Toledo, Ohio.
Previous Virtual Workshop Poems:
Winter 2019 theme – “e-merge“
e-merge – by Jacquese Armstrong
Winter Blue – by Nicole Jordan
Fall 2018 theme – “Nature“
Autumn Leaves – by Jeff Varanyak
Rise – by Kathy Lash
Sunflowers – by Ayesha Karim
Spring 2017 theme – “Remembrance“
“dear grandmommy.” – by Jacquese Armstrong
“Barbara” – by Jeff Varanyak
“For the Lost” – by Melissa Kiritsis
“The Way I Will Be Remembered To Be a poem” – by Ayesha Karim
Winter 2016 theme – “Holiday“
“pictures of Christmas” – by Jacquese Armstrong
“Christmas” – by Ron Cassmassine
“Untitled” – by Kelly Brennan
Summer 2016 theme – “in our own voice“
in my own voice (walkin in my shoes) – by Jacquese Armstrong
i carry the ‘m’ card ( i didn’t deal the deck) – by Jacquese Armstrong
Stigma – by Ben Hu
A NEW DAY DAWNS – by Sandy G.
Gratitude Poem – by Taylor Bak
Lead by Spirit – by Michael Loberfeld