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Episode 40: Alexandra Donavan On the Intersection Between Poetry, Chaplaincy and Hospice

In this week’s episode, Saul and Joe talk with Alexandra Donovan. Alexandra is a poet, teacher, hospice chaplain, workshop and retreat leader, and grant-writer based in the Los Angeles, CA, and Fort Collins, CO areas. Her first chapbook, Mother Stump, is now available from Yak Press.

Alexandra has taught for California Poets in the Schools, Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Direction, Motherless Daughters of the San Gabriel Valley, and for a number of churches, community centers, and other organizations. She has had poetry and prose published in Ruminate, Gyroscope Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Selfish Magazine, Presence Journal, Poets Reading the News, and others. Alexandra received the Summer 2018 Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop Fort Lyon Fellowship, an incredible opportunity to teach classes at the Fort Lyon Residential Community in Las Animas, Colorado.

AWARDS

Writer-in-Residence, Fort Lyon Community / Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Summer 2018, Las Animas, Colorado

Best New Poets Award Nominee, Vermont College of Fine Arts (2015) 

Stanford University Religious Studies Department Garfield Award  (June 2009)

 PUBLICATIONS

Chapbook Mother Stump now available from Yak Press; Poetry forthcoming from Mezzo Cammin and Rise Up Review; other writing published at: Gyroscope Review, LA Poet Society, Ruminate Magazine, Presence Journal and Listen (International publications for Spiritual Directors International), Pirene’s Fountain (Glass Lyre Press), Poets Reading the News, and Selfish Magazine.

Books of Poets mentioned in this episode

Hospice Chaplaincy is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting excellence in spiritual care at the end of life. We are committed to the belief that people from all backgrounds, cultures and faith traditions should experience the end of life in a way that matches their own values and goals. The task of dying is complicated and often confronts us with lots of emotional and physical suffering. Hospice Chaplaincy is dedicated to providing patient advocacy, support and education services to the public, to create a cultural shift to inform and transform our thinking around the end of life.

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