Spotlight: Marianela Medrano

Hobart Festival of Women Writers welcomes the return of

Marianela Medrano.

Marianela Medrano

A founding Participating Writer of Festival of Women Writers, Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer and psychotherapist. With more than 10 years of experience working for diverse populations, her work uses literature, with a special concentration in poetry,  as a healing tool. Marianela Medrano is a licensed professional counselor and a certified poetry therapist. Her areas of interest and practice include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness and Integral Psychotherapy. She combines literature, psychology, and her research on the Sacred Feminine to help others find new ways of knowing the wholeness of  being human. She has published the following: Oficio de Vivir (1986), Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza (1987), Regando Esencias/The Scent of Waiting (1998) and Curada de Espantos (2002).  Her work also appears in literary magazines such as Brooklyn Review (1995), Punto 7 Review (1996) Sisters of Caliban (1996) Callaloo (2000), The Afro-Latin@ Reader (2010), among many others.

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Dr. Medrano lectures across the country on issues of spirituality with emphasis on the Divine Feminine, cross-cultural psychology, healing and writing. Her emphasis is women’s growth and development, but her practice is not limited to them. She is the author of the poetry collections, Diosas de la Yuca and Prietica.

Diosas de la Yuca   prietica-medrano

Dr Marianela Medrano is certified in the field of Poetry Therapy. She offers residence and long-distance training in poetry/bibliotherapy to individuals interested in either therapeutic use of writing or use of writing as a tool to advance growth and development.  For complete information about Marianela’s exciting work in this field, go to:

Listen to Marianela Medrano discuss how she uses poetic interpretation to find value in life in her TED Talk entitled, A Ciguapa Speaks: On How I Came to Value Wholeness. 

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For Festival of Women Writers 2017, Marianela Medrano will participate in A PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON ART and POLITICS, moderated by Kathy Engel with Elana Bell and Nancy Bereano. In this volatile political climate, many writers are unsure of how to direct their writing practice. Bringing art and literature into the public sphere has long been a way to respond to challenging times, to intentionally use the written word to expose and resist oppressive structures. For this riveting discussion, Marianela Medrano will explore “Engaged Poetry: Shaping History”, the ways that personal narrative becomes social activism.

Group photo of Esther, Breena, Marianel and Cheryl
l. to r. Marianela Medrano, Breena Clarke, Esther Cohen and Cheryl Clarke at Festival of Women Writers 2013

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