The Alzheimer’s Poetry Party 2018
by people with memory loss, local poets, Poet Fabu, and Gary Glazer also a poet and the founder and
executive director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in New York.
Glazner flies down each year for the poetry party to be a special guest at the Madison event and share
his exuberant poetry style. Glazner, years ago, began working with beloved elders who had various
forms of dementia, and discovered the power of poetry to ignite the memories of people who are
living with memory loss in fun and creative ways. The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project’s mission is to
improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia by facilitating
creative expression through poetry and has programming in 26 states, including five sites in Madison,
Wisconsin, and internationally in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Poland, and South Korea
serving over 35,000 people living with dementia.
The beauty of this event is watching poetry ignite people’s recall of favorite poems that they
memorized long ago and the wonderful experience of composing a poem in a group setting. Guided by
Glazner and Poet Fabu, each person says one original line that is compiled into a new and exciting
group poem. Sponsors are the Helen Bader Foundation and the Poetry Foundation. The Alzheimer’s
Poetry Project is proud to have the Center for Community Stewardship as the fiscal sponsor. For
more information or to set up transportation, please contact Poet Fabu at Blkpoetess68@gmail.com.
Every year, there is an Alzheimer’s Poetry Party at the
Madison Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin St. This
year’s event is Wednesday, September 19 from 10 am
to 11:30 am and it is free and open to the public.
There is a free soul food brunch, catered by Melly Mel’
s, and free transportation is offered too. People are
invited to share poetry or be a part of a listening
audience. All are welcome including those who
struggle with memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s
disease, caregivers, their family and friends as well as
people who love hearing poetry. Poetry will be shared