Mary Willette Hughes

37 – 4th Ave North
Waite Park, MN 56387

COUNTY: Stearns
HOME PHONE: 320-252-0916

MUSIC – Folk Guitar

I have been a poet for the last 20 years of my life, (I am now 78). I have had three books of poetry published: Quilt Pieces, 2001;, Flight On New Wings (2003); and The Shadow Loom Poems (2010). I have and am presently working at the St. Cloud Hospital's Recovery Plus Program for addiction/recovery for the last 11 years as a facilitator of poetry as therapy sessions and have given many presentations about how poetry is an additional, valuable tool in the process of recovery. In spring of 2010 I received a Public Service Award from the National Association of Poetry Therapy (NAPT). I also receive the CMAB Award for Individual Literary Artist in 1998 and this year (2010). I also received last summer, 2010, from the Monastery of St. Benedict's, the Mother Benedicta Riepp award for striving to live the Gospel and Benedictine Values in my life.

I have given presentations at the college level regarding poetry as therapy.
I would be interested in: Giving readings