New York, NY, USA

Luisa Kerwin

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I have used the medium of poetry over the past 30 years as a therapeutic tool for self expression and conflict resolution. Early on, language presented a challenge, since due to my father's career, I spent the first five years of my life zig-zag traveling with my parents from Italy to Spain and Brazil, and started Kindergarten in New York without speaking a word of English. I managed to learn English quickly while continuing to speak Italian at home.
I majored in English literature at New York University and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; several years later I completed a Masters... Read More
New York, NY, USA

Luisa Kerwin

I have used the medium of poetry over the past 30 years as a therapeutic tool for self expression and conflict resolution. Early on, language presented a challenge, since due to my father's career, I spent the first five years of my life zig-zag traveling with my parents from Italy to Spain and Brazil, and started Kindergarten in New York without speaking a word of English. I managed to learn English quickly while continuing to speak Italian at home.
I majored in English literature at New York University and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; several years later I completed a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and taught ESL for three semesters in the City University system.
My path has been arduous due to the fact that I had a nervous breakdown in college and eight relapses over the past 31 years. I believe the numerous relapses resulted primarily from two factors: first, with the exception of a 4-year period that came to an unfortunate and abrupt end, I did not have a good psychotherapist, by which I mean I did not have a therapist who attentively listened to the ups and downs (mostly downs until recently) of my life story; second, I was a victim of careless treatment by incompetent psychopharmacologists who frequently administered to me the wrong (too high) dosages of the wrong medications.
Despite my frazzled emotional state, I was able to work on and off for 11 years as an office assistant. I also started healing myself through yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism, after kicking my 10-year smoking habit of two packs a day. My healing was also facilitated by a change in my world view that I first began to undergo in 1986; whereas previously I accepted a conventional materialistic model of the universe, now I experienced everything as an integrated manifestation of Spirit.
I continued to write poetry--to paint with words, as I see it--through the years as therapy for my mental state. After 33 years of searching, several months ago I finally found a psychiatrist who is sensitive to my emotional needs and does not insist on over-medicating me. I finally feel that I am truly recovering, facing and thus resolving the original issues that led to my first breakdown. A few years ago in a moment of despondency about my life, I wrote what I consider to be my best poem, "The Sound of Madness," which won second prize in the January-April 2010 Eber & Wein National Amateur Poetry Competition. Subsequently, I won third prize for "The Blown-Out Candle" in the same competition for September-December 2010. Both poems were published by Eber & Wein. I have also published six other poems from the International Library of Poetry (2000-2005).

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