Dispatches from Healing Verses 2024

Dispatches from Healing Verses 2024

Event Rewind

All of us at Pongo are so grateful to this community for helping us commemorate the inaugural edition of Healing Verses, our National Poetry Month celebration.

Last week, nearly 40 members of the Pongo community, both new and familiar alike, convened at the Cloud Room on Capitol Hill to celebrate the healing power of poetry and learn more about the urgent need to support the mental and emotional well-being of vulnerable youth. Those in attendance were fortunate enough to be treated to moving poetry readings by our guests of honor, which included former WA State Poet Laureate Rena Priest; current Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Mateo Acuna; and Cave Canem fellow Quenton Baker.

Our guests of honor were also generous enough to take part in a panel discussion, sharing more about their respective writing careers, their perspectives on the value of poetry writing, and how creative expression invites opportunity for self-discovery and growth. Whether you want to take the opportunity to relive the festivities, or were unable to join us at Healing Verses, we invite you to check out a few snapshots from the event below. And if you’re interested in supporting Pongo’s work, scroll below for an exciting upcoming opportunity to do just that.

Special thanks to Interim Program Manager, Emily Holt, and Pongo supporter and champion, Larry St. Pierre for these lovely photos.

Support Youth Healing this Spring

GiveBig 2024, Washington State’s annual nonprofit giving day, is right around the corner! And GiveBig is the perfect opportunity to join Pongo in showing up for the systems-impacted young people we serve; supporting their recovery, healing, and growth through the power of poetry writing.

Pongo has an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 during GiveBig. From growing our local therapeutic poetry programming, to sparking the creation of healing poetry projects around the country, every dollar donated to Pongo’s GiveBig campaign will supercharge our impact. With your support, Pongo will build a national network of poetry writing programs that inspire healing, resilience, and growth among youth who have experienced trauma. Learn more about our GiveBig campaign here.


The Cloud Room for hosting us in their beautiful space.
Ohsun Banchan Deli & Cafe for the wonderful spread.
Lil’ Woody’s for championing our work during National Poetry Month.
Live Oak for providing high quality audio-visual services.

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