Hobart Festival of Women Writers welcomes the return of
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, written in Spanish and English, 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.
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.
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: http://www.marianelamedranophdlpc.com/PoetryTherapyTraining.en.html
Listen https://youtu.be/8pQeBYd2oJk 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.
“Embodied Writing concerns itself with capturing the expression of human experience in a way that elicits ‘sympathetic resonance,’ or a natural response through which a reader ‘vibrates’ empathically with the writer when reading or listening to a written piece.” – Marianela Medrano
For Festival of Women Writers 2018, Marianela Medrano will read from her most recent collection of poetry. “Rooting: Selected Poems.
“Rooting/Des/arraigar is a mirror to the human spirit, an epigenetic reckoning. With these poems and their translations, Medrano draws on the boundaries of language to gift us with fearless and rich imagery: ungüentos to heal our memories.”
“Rooting/Des/arraigar es un espejo para el espíritu humano, un ajuste de cuentas epigenética. Con estos poemas y sus traducciones, Medrano usa las delimitaciones del lenguaje y nos regala sus fieras y ricas imágenes: ungüentos para curar nuestras memorias.”
Author / Autora, Erzulie’s Skirt
Marinela Medrano speaks to poet, essayist, and journalist Bessy Reyna about her collection, “Rooting.” identidadlatina.com/latinarte-news
For more information about Dr. Marianela Medrano’s practice, go to: http://www.marianelamedranophdlpc.com