Poet, Painter, Pianist, Scholar, and Teacher

. . . all experience is an arch wherethrough gleams th' untraveled world whose margin fades forever and forever when I move . . . --Alfred Lord Tennyson

 
 

 Laura at LEAF

 
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THE HEALING SEED AND THE CREATIVE LIFE  


Laura Hope-Gill is a writer, a poet, an architectural historian, a film-maker, a teacher, and a traveler. She directs the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville where she also conducts the Certificate in Narrative Healthcare Program. With a deep knowledge of creative alchemy, she endeavors to improve the state of the world through reflection, writing, teaching, and art.

 

Personal History

Laura was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and raised in Canada, Britain, and the United States. She traveled in Europe, the Caribbean, China, and Australia, writing her way around the world. Poetry was her first love, beginning in childhood when she recognized "making a wish" was a magical use of words she wanted to capture. Being diagnosed with late-onset deafness prompted her movement into Creative Nonfiction, which she has used to bring her to equilibrium in disability. In 2009 she published The Soul Tree, a collection of lyric poems about the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2010 and 2011, she published the architectural histories of Asheville, Look Up Asheville Collections I and II. Between 2012 and now, she has developed the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, an M.A. in Writing program at the Asheville campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. She lives in Asheville with her daughter and their six animals.
 

Awards and Accomplishments

She is an honorary member of the National Association of Poetry Therapists, served Writer-in-Residence at Great Tree Zen Women's Temple, and currently serves as a board member of The Thomas Wolfe Society, WPVM Radio, and Our Voice,NC. She is the recipient of The Okra Pick from the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association, The Harlan Gradin Award for Excellence in Public Humanities Programming from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a 2010 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, and twice recipient of the McDaniel Lewis Historian of the Year Award. In 2015 she served on a committee of physicians, nurses, and patient advocates to develop The Narrative Playbook for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Scholarship and Commitment

 

Laura Hope-Gill founded the first Certificate in Narrative Healthcare program in North Carolina in 2013 at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville after attending Narrative Medicine training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2014 she was invited to co-author the Narrative Playbook produced by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now made available online to all practitioners. In 2013 she worked with Dr. Bruce Kelly at the Charles George V.A. in Asheville to pilot one of six programs in the nation in which World War II veterans’ stories are included in the patient “file” ahead of the vital statistics; this program is now being replicated nationwide. She played a role in launching the Poetic Medicine program at the Charles George V.A. which now presents an annual poetry reading by Vietnam Veterans. She has presented keynotes and workshops at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Appalachian State University Expressive Arts Annual Retreat, The National Association for Poetry Therapy Annual Conference, Johnson City V.A., and at AHEC’s Future of Medicine Conference at Lenoir-Rhyne. In Asheville, she collaborated with Dr. Claire Hicks (Hospice Physician, Four Seasons) on a one-year-long monthly Narrative Medicine session for local providers. She teaches one course each semester to surgeons, nurses, ministers, social workers, and general practitioners, incorporating Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities, Expressive Arts, and Poetic Medicine. 

Confluence is the constant of her scholarship and creative work: bringing worlds together is her passion.

 
 

         

 

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THE ALCHEMY VIDEOS

           

IN 2008, LAURA COLLABORATED WITH FILM-MAKERS DEBRA ROBERTS AND RICK AGUAR TO CREATE A SERIES OF SHORT VIDEOS IN WHICH SHE SPEAKS ABOUT WHAT ALCHEMY IS. DRAWING ON TAOIST AND HERMETIC TRADITIONS, THE VIDEOS BRING TO LIGHT JUST WHAT IS MEANT WHEN WE SAY "ALCHEMICAL" AND CLARIFY THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ALCHEMY AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS. 

 


 

 

 

 Laura Hope-Gill is a writer, a poet, an architectural historian, a film-maker, a teacher, and a traveler. She directs the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville and serves as the writer-in-residence at Great Tree Zen Temple. With a deep knowledge of creative alchemy, she endeavors to improve the state of the world through reflection and art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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