Perie Longo
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Marriage & Family Therapist | Registered Poetry Therapist | Poet

Perie’s love of poetry influences all aspects of her life. She was Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2007-09) and the president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT) from 2005-07. She is a Registered Poetry Therapist (PTR), and Mentor/Supervisor for those seeking training in that field, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a widely published poet. In 2012 she was honored with the Woman of Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Chapter of Association for Women in Communication (WAC).

Since 1984 she has been a poet-teacher through California-Poets-In-the- Schools. For many years she has led the morning poetry writing workshop for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and also leads the Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop, a two day retreat for those wanting to focus on the craft of writing and increase their confidence as poets.

Baggage Claim coverShe has published four volumes of poetry, Milking the Earth, The Privacy of Wind, and With Nothing behind but Sky: a journey through grief (Artamo Press, 2006) which traces, over a nine year period, her husband’s leukemia, his death, and her healing process. Her most recent book is Baggage Claim (Wordtech 2014). Her work has appeared in many poetry journals.

In 2005 she was invited by the University of Kuwait to present a talk on Poetry as a Pathway to Peace. She presented several talks and workshops while there, and found the people of Kuwait very open, friendly, and enthusiastic toward the subject of poetry and healing. She has been featured on the Charles Osgood radio show, the Huffington Post, The Poetry Foundation, and on Nov. 27, 2008 she was interviewed live by a radio station in Bogata, Columbia about the “Miracle of Therapy through Poetry.”