The Facilitator

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Chelsea Palermo, creator and facilitator of The Write Journey Workshop series, has been processing life through the written word since 9 years old, when she was gifted a journal for Christmas. Her writing journey of nearly thirty years has been essential to her well-being, and development of self. Writing has been Chelsea’s anchor and navigation through traumatic loss and grief, has permitted her to hear truth in times of confusion, and has become her primary way of understanding the beauty and complications of being human. Chelsea is, not only, an avid writer picking up the pen everyday – she believes writing can heal and is pleased to bring you The Write Journey workshops.

Chelsea crafted The Write Journey series based on her experience working with individuals and families as a mentor, behavioral assistant and parent mentor in combination with her acquired knowledge of the writing craft through her MFA in Poetry, and her life-long relationship with writing. She has fused The Write Journey workshops with research on how writing heals both the body and the mind.

In working one-on-one with individuals in a social work setting,  Chelsea honed her skills in assisting others through crisis, deep listening and her ability to guide those she works with towards personal and emotional goals.  During her time working towards her MFA in Poetry, Chelsea not only worked on expanding her knowledge of craft, she paid keen attention to the connections and overlapping of poetry and the healing process as she took herself to task examining how poetry functions to heal while writing her own pieces. She often brought her methods to her clients to aid in sessions, and begin to bridge the gap between poetry and healing.

Chelsea holds an Associates Degree in Humanities from Brookdale Community College, a Bachelors of Literature with a minor in Psychology from Monmouth University and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Chelsea spent two years studying at the Creative Righting Center of NYC. Chelsea trained as a Behavioral Assistant during her years working with youth and families. In addition to this, she holds the following certifications: Life Story Coach, Advanced Past Life Regression, and Healing Your Inner Child, all accredited by the CTAA. Chelsea is also a Reiki I practitioner, who continues to expand her knowledge and ability to facilitate healing.

She is the founder of the Ministry of Artistic Intent, a non profit arts organization, whose mission is to aid artists with in fulfilling creative goals. Chelsea has facilitated writing workshops and hosted the MAI’s Water Witch Poetry  & Writing Series (2015-2016), as well as the Papa Ganache Open Mic Series (2011-2013). Currently, she hosts the  Sunday Poetry & Jazz Jam at Water Witch Coffee. Chelsea is the curator and co-host of the Underground Poets of Asbury Underground.

In 2013, Chelsea was nominated for Asbury Park Poet Laureate.  She reads her poetry widely in the NJ and NY. Her poems can be found in various publications such as This Broken Shore, Lamplighter, and The Idiom, to name a few. Chelsea is an English and Communications Professor at Union County College and Kean University.