Ann Bracken, owner of The Possibility Project, is an expressive arts consultant, writer, and educator who believes in the power of creativity to deepen and enrich all of life. Whether she is leading a class of fourth-graders in a poetry writing class or working one-on-one with a journaling client to set goals and overcome obstacles, Ann uses an array of creative approaches.
Her work frequently involves using visual arts to stimulate and jump-start new ideas and creative approaches. Ann understands how the brain is programmed to respond to novel stimuli, so she is never afraid to draw from her training in drama, poetry therapy, and education to create novel experiences for her clients.
Ann incorporates elements of interactivity with her audience members whether she is in a classroom or a meeting room. What better way to teach children how to count syllables than to have them toss a ball back and forth for each syllable? What better way to experience making a decision about a character’s motivation than to simulate a courtroom proceeding where the students are lawyers asking tough questions?
Ann’s experience in education ranges from work as a speech pathologist in schools to work with troubled adolescents in a psychiatric facility. She has taught English and reading in high school, reading strategies and composition at the college level, and currently teaches in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ann’s conference presentations include The Creative Problem Solving Institute, Mindcamp of Toronto, Florida Creativity Conference, The Maryland Writers’ Association, Association of Independent Schools, and the Global Technology and Business Association. In addition, she has presented poetry workshops at The World Bank, Howard Community College, Charlestown Retirement Community, and a variety of schools throughout Maryland.
Ann’s original poetry and essays have appeared in Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Little Patuxent Review, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire:Love Poems, Praxilla, New Verse News, Scribble, The Museletter, The Gunpowder Review, and Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century. In addition, her interviews with several renowned poets — Nancy Naomi Carlson, Edward Hirsch, David Read Johnson, and Michael Collier — have appeared in Little Patuxent Review and The Museletter, a publication of the National Association for Poetry Therapy. Ann serves as a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review and teaches in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her poem “Mrs. S” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.
Post-graduate Diploma: Drama in Education, Trinity College, Dublin, IR
Training in Journal Instruction, The Center for Journal Therapy
Training in Poetry Therapy, The National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy
M.S. Ed., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
B.A., Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland