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A series of tragedies during his youth left Gregory Orr confused and disillusioned. Now, the University of Virginia professor believes poetry – and the making of poems – has helped him live and heal.
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Even if the last time you thought about poetry was in high school, you probably have a favorite poem. Perhaps you can even recite it. To celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture, schools, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the U.S. come together every April to celebrate this written art form. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we hope you’ll click the links below to read how these essayists have found their beliefs in poetry.
Mental health agency Porter-Starke Services, based in Valparaiso, Indiana, received a national Best Practices Honor from the American Psychological Association for the company’s work in creating a psychologically healthy workplace. The award recognizes The Inspiration Project, a community-focused This I Believe project inviting employees to share essays of their core values and beliefs. "We wanted to give life to the words of our mission, vision, and values," said Rocco Schiralli, Porter-Starke president and CEO. Click here and here to learn more.
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