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“Listen to the heart of the world”

Nicole has known Ellen Jaffe for at least 5 years now as a facilitator with the Living Through the Arts program at the Royal Conservatory. Nicole has witnessed Ellen “in action” working with vulnerable populations guiding them through a writing process that is inviting and engaging.  Her compassion is outstanding and it is amazing how she is able to draw out the very best in the people she works with.  Using words and language as her tools, she injects each relational moment with poetry, curiosity and deep caring.  We thought she’d make an excellent Wisdom Speaker.

Ellen was born in New York City, came to Canada in 1979, and became a Canadian citizen in 1993.  She has many published works, including a young-adult novel, Feast of Lights (Sumach Press, 2006), a poetry collection, Water Children (Mini Mocho Press, 2002), and Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal (Sumach Press, 2001). Two of her poems were published in Crossing Lines by Seraphim Press (2008), an anthology by poets who came to Canada during the Vietnam War era. She received the Orion prize for poetry in 2000.

Ellen invited us into her cozy home where we had the opportunity to interview her and observe her at work in her writing nook.  She candidly reveals some lovely insights from her many years of writing and working with others that we are delighted to share with you in this Wisdom Speakers video.


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