Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 169–178 | Cite as

Poetry Therapy: Testimony on Capitol Hill

  • Sherry Reiter


This report on poetry therapy was originally submitted to the National Coalition of Arts Therapies (NCATA) for testimony on Capitol Hill. The report presents an overview of the field of poetry therapy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherry Reiter
    • 1
  1. 1.The Creative Righting Center in BrooklynBrooklynUSA

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