Several years ago, I imagined a promise for the world: well-being, self-expression, and community for all people…by 2020!
In 2008, I had no idea where that promise might lead me—into private practice as a therapist and into spoken word performance as a poet, with a multi-cultural community of poets and people discovering their voices, telling the real truth about race, abuse and trauma, affirming well-being and freedom.
This website introduces the current state of my practice as a counselor, educator, motivational speaker, poet, performer and community organizer, working with individuals, groups and communities.
Learn more about Susan Dingle
• Community Organizer
• Therapist in private practice
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
POETRY IN THE COMMUNITY
• Commissioned to write poem for the 375th Anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, 2015
• Created Poetry Street with Robert A. Brown, 2014
• M.C. and Host of Poetry Street on the Road
• Selected as JumpstART artist by East End Arts, 2014
• Presented poems for communities at the National Museum of the Marines, Vietnam War Memorial Traveling Wall at Calverton Memorial Cemetery, VFW at Shelter Island, Church of Living Water, First Baptist Church of Riverhead, East End Arts School, Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library
• Performed one woman show of spoken word poetry at The Brick Church, NYC, and at Poet’s House, LI. and in salon performances in NYC and Long Island
• Debuted as one of “Four Young Chicago Poets” introduced by Paul Carroll at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 1970.
WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS AND TEACHING
• “Writing for Recovery” workshops at Long Island Center for Recovery
• Mentor for East End Arts JumpstART Program, 2015.
• Presenter at national conferences: AWP (Associated Writing Programs), 2015; Expressive Therapies Summit) 2014, 2015
• Taught writing at Colgate University, 1971-1974.
• Editor and co-author of The Poetry of Well-Being, a collection of poems, with Maggie Bloomfield LCSW CASAC and Nina Yavel LCSW.
• Lead writer/editor, Guidance Everyday, Vol I and II (Grades K-3; 4-6), with Director of Guidance and Office of Student Progress. Published by the Office of Curriculum Development, New York City Board of Education, 1986.
• Articles and Reviews in Parents Magazine, Collection, the Brooklyn Phoenix, United Press International, Freshman English News.
• 1971-1976: poems in the American Poetry Review, Partisan Review, Feminist Studies, Liberation, audit/poetry, Vortex, Carleton Miscellany, the Ohio Review; and in Beacon Press anthology For Neruda, For Chile, edited by Walter Lowenfels.
• MSW. School Of Social Welfare, SUNY Stony Brook University, 2008.
• M.A. in Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago.
• B.A. in English, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
This website is a collaboration with designer Mick Wieland.
The source for my promise is “Health & Happiness for Humanity” (H&H4H), an international group of nine independent consultants in healthcare and well-being. We have collaborated since 2008, and have presented our work at international conferences.
I also acknowledge and thank my fellow poets, artists, therapists and friends: Steve Alpert, Michael Anania, Roni Berger, Maggie Bloomfield, Robert A. Brown, Rev. Charles Coverdale, Mark Doty, Diane Giardi, Russ Green, Shawn Hamilton, Diane Johnson, Gayle Johnson, Rev. Peter Kelley, Karen Malcomson, Terri Muuss, Matt Pasca, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shannon, Julie Sheehan, Pat Snyder, Mary Jane Tenerelli, Nina Yavel; JumpstART artists Caitlin Shea, Miranda Gatewood, Jessica Valentin, Tina Folks; and many anonymous friends.
Special thanks to my husband David, my son Jake Koprowski and his wife Natalie & our United Nations of Grandchildren (Chloe, Taylor, Coby, Tanner, Myradie and Lucie), and the amazing extended family of Dingles and Carréres!