Jerrice Baptiste is a Poet, Educator, Founder & Facilitator of Authentic Poetry & Healing. Jerrice has facilitated Authentic Poetry & Healing workshops in New York for several of the library & school programs, healing centers and for many other venues such as the Oncology Support Program at Benedictine Hospital; Never Alone; Rosendale Youth Program, and several others. Through her individual sessions, Jerrice has been able to support individuals of all ages, and from all faiths, religions, traditions and cultures in her practice of Authentic Poetry & Healing. She has great understanding and respect for the world's religions, faiths & practices, and has learned about them with greater depth through independent studying from spiritual books, attending diverse workshops, seminars, and practices on spirituality & healing over the last ten years.
Jerrice received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Education from Hunter College in New York, NY. She has been studying Poetry Therapy at the Creative Righting Center in New York, NY—Institute for the Arts in Psychotherapy with Sherry Reiter, who was president and is a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). Jerrice learned extensively how to facilitate and support others in processing & learning from their meaningful life experiences through poetry, and how to better assist others in using poetry and words for healing, for moving forward in their spiritual journey, and connecting with Spirit. For the last ten years, she has studied the practice of meditation and visualization and how to facilitate those modalities for others, and has offered them as part of her spiritual healing work. Jerrice has created the unique practice of using soothing hands-on healing in combination with recitation of beautiful healing poetry & using healing music from around the world together, to spiritually enrich the mind, body, spirit & Soul.
Jerrice has written poetry since childhood. Her poetry in Haitian Creole & collaborative songwriting with Dean Jones of Dog on Fleas is featured on the music compilation CD, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, released by Spare the Rock Records LLC. Jerrice has won first prize poetry competitions for Nubian Poets, and has been extensively published in online journals such as Events Quarterly, and in African Voices Magazine, Chronogram, Hudson Valley Riverine Anthology, Human Journey Magazine, Anthology So Spoke The Earth, from Women Writers of Haitian Descent (WWOHD) and various others. Jerrice has been the featured Poet at the Women & Identity Festival, The Muddy Cup, Amble Dance Movement Art Center, and has been the guest Haitian Artist & Poet at the Northeast Center for Special Care and Haldane High School Language Immersion Program for several years. Jerrice had organized & hosted poetry readings in NY, in venues such as Inspired Books & Gifts for two years.
Her poetry in English and in French have been selected and used for numerous educational purposes such as reading assessments by the Northwest Educational Service District 189 in Washington D.C. and others. Jerrice is the recipient of a scholarship from Twin Compass Partnership's Wet Mountain Valley Workshops in Westcliffe, Colorado for 2012 for a children's book she has written.
Jerrice has been the producer and host of Women of Note for five years. Women of Note is a diverse radio show featuring the music of female artists & the writing of female poets from all over the world; it airs on WKZE, 98.1 FM in Red Hook, NY.
She has volunteered with and has been a great supporter of the Haitian People's Support Project in Woodstock, NY for many years. Jerrice resides in New York's Hudson Valley.
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