Benevilla was recently visited by Brendan Constantine, a Los Angeles based poet who works with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
Known for his dreamy abstraction and the emotional ferocity of his work both on the page and on the stage, Constantine has helped to sustain the poetry communities of Southern California. Mr. Constantine serves these communities as a teacher of poetry in local schools and colleges as well as hospitals, elder care centers and shelters for the homeless. He is currently poet in residence at The Windward School.
Brendan is very proud of his work with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and became aware of Benevilla’s Intergenerational Program and Memory Arts Bistro events through Gary Glazner, a leading poet with the Project. Brendan is currently touring the country and took the opportunity to stop in at Benevilla and spend some time with the Wirtzie’s Preschool children and participants at Lucy Anne’s Place, one of Benevilla’s memory care programs.
“Brendan’s visit was a hit the both groups,” said Michelle Dionisio, president & CEO of Benevilla. “Benevilla’s Intergenerational Program and our monthly Memory Arts Bistro bring the arts to our community members.”
Two of the poems created that day can be found here: