About Us


Poetry of Resilience began with the intention of bringing poetry back to its rightful, sacred place in our daily lives. We use poetry as a lens for staying resilient and tapping into the deeper truths in each of us–what Jane Hirshfield has called our own “mineral knowledges.” But these sessions are for anyone–poet or not–with an interest in deepening their attention to the world around us. 

Danusha Laméris

Danusha Laméris’ first book, The Moons of August (2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her work has been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Orion, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her second book, Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Award and recipient of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. She was the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California, and is currently on the faculty of Pacific University’s low residency MFA program.

James Crews

James Crews is editor of the bestselling anthology,
How to Love the World, featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as in The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. He is the author of four prize-winning collections of poetry: The Book of What Stays, Telling My Father, Bluebird, and Every Waking Moment, and his poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and The Sun. Crews teaches in the Poetry of Resilience seminars, and lives with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont. To sign up for weekly poems and prompts, visit: www.jamescrews.net.

"I want to thank you for how you have both facilitated such curiosity, wonder, and joy. You are the most gracious doorways. Thank you, friends.”

— Past Participant of Poetry of Resilience


Poetry of Resilience is supported by Kinvene - a collaborative who partners with others in organizing meaningful programs and gatherings that cultivate kinship. Learn more at kinvene.co