The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State Newark Professor to Discuss Creative Arts Therapy

February 12, 2019

As a facilitator of poetry-writing workshops for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, D.B. Ruderman, Ph.D., The Ohio State University at Newark associate professor of English, regularly uses poetry to aid people in their recovery. These workshops, conducted through the Day Reporting Program in Newark Ohio, are part of an alternative for people convicted of non-violent drug offenses. He will discuss his experiences as a facilitator, share work produced by the participants and connect the dots between addiction, creativity, trauma and subjectivity at an upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in room #175 of the John. L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center.

Ruderman saw similarities like community, honesty, mindfulness and trust between the type of creative writing being done in his classrooms at Ohio State Newark and the healing work being done in the treatment of addiction. “I wanted to see if the connections that I was sensing could be made useful for people in recovery,” he said.

Creative arts therapy can help people with behavioral and mental health issues. Poetry’s attention to form (rhythm, sound patterning, etc.) can help to free up hidden parts of ourselves and quiet our internal critic; its narrative function opens up new ways of framing and thinking about our past as well as imagining different futures.

“I want to create more awareness of the powerful possibilities of writing as a tool for healing and community. I also want to spread awareness about addiction and take poetry down from its academic pedestal allowing it to be useful to a wider range of people,” said Ruderman.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community and answer questions. All talks are free and open to the public. The Warner Center is located at 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.