Chelsea Palermo, creator and facilitator of the workshops, has 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.
In working one-on-one with individuals in a social work setting, Palermo 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, Palermo 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.
Palermo has been processing life through the written word since 8 years old, when she was given a journal for Christmas. Her writing journey of over twenty-five years has been essential to her well-being, and development of self. Palermo 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.
Palermo 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. She is a Certified Behavioral Assistant, and has been studying at the Creative Righting Center of NYC to become a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator. She is also a Reiki I practitioner, who continues to expand her knowledge and ability to facilitate healing.
She in the founder of the Ministry of Artistic Intent, a non profit arts organization, whose mission is to aid artists with in fulfilling creative goals. Palermo has facilitated writing workshops at 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.
In 2013, Palermo 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. Palermo is an English and Communications Professor at Union County College and Kean University.