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Poetry or Stage Name: Thomas R Wilson
Activism: I am currently working in the areas of Mental Health Care, political justice, Homelessness, child abuse, and Teen Suicide Prevention.
Peer Support: I use my art to intertwine the lives of those living with disabilities and for non-disabled people. I work through shared life experiences, poetic verse, professional story telling, public speaking, essays, journalism, even literary activism and biblical teachings.
Gigs: I would love to be booked for public speaking events, slam poetry events, public readings, children’s events, school events, rallies, story tellers events, library opening, inspirational speaking events, as well as art conventions.
Recovery Movement: I would tell the mental health activists who came before me that through our craft and our passion we can reach the world around us if we truly believe in our cause.
Poem: Ivy” by Thomas R. Wilson
I have become the iron ivy wrapping it’s way through the rough neck of the trees
I have become the desolate, broken roses touched by hungry cicadas
I am the savage cast iron locusts fluttering through the fields of dying grain
I am the steel wreckage of ageless cars, cluttering the Eden of terrestrial hope
I am the weeds of ire looming their way through the Daisy’s and choking them with the force of an iron classes
I am the rust, the position of a once verdant garden
Health Insurance Success Story: When I was young I watched my father to battle with his own disability. I struggled for years to cope with his death. I still struggle with the aftermath. Yet through the component care of my therapist who I have been seeing for over a decade, I have been able to make significant strides in my recovery. This therapist has been paid for through Colorado’s medicaid expansion with the ACA. I have been able to realign my thinking over myself blaming myself for his death, lay him to rest, and ultimately find a strength and a level of peace. This allows myself to continue on each day but, look back on my memories with my father and cherish those days. I now see each day not as a series of moments without him, but a chance to honor his memory and become a better man dye to his legacy.
Thomas Ryan Wilson spent much of the summer working to help Poetry for Personal get partner nonprofits to take the evidence-based Wellbeing Impact Assessment.
His worked help our organization change direction and realize that we need to build our poets’ organizations first before we work on teaching mental health to community organizations.
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