The Poartry Project

building loving worlds through loving words

What is Poartry?

Poartry brings together poetry, art and adventure for a space to experience and share in free creative expression through play, organic exploration and gathering.

The Poartry Project specializes in poetry, art and creativity adventure programs for arts centers; afterschool programs, summer camps and homeschoolers; museums; botanical gardens and libraries. We work one-on-one with individuals and small intimate groups as a catalyzing Creativity Companion and as a Book Doula helping those who want to voice their stories into books from conception through birth. We bring people of all ages together to nurture community creativity as the host of monthly inclusive gatherings and classes for lovers of poetry, art, nature and reading who believe in the power of love and the value of good. We foster the heart, health and well-being of towns and cities through our Voicing Heart for Loving Communities Initiative. And we contribute to building loving worlds through loving words and lighting a path of good in the world through creating original positive works of poetry, art and storytelling that explore the intersecting cartography of the seen and the unseen with the unique beauty, perception and insight of the energies and forces shaping our lives and world.

What’s Happening?


May 22:
Poetry of Nature Walk + Meditation (virtual)

June 9: Writing an Art-Inspired Solstice Sun Celebration Poem


The heart of The Poartry Project is creating opportunities to share and experience stories in diverse voices through the power of poetry. The Poarty Project stands for the belief and experience that poetry is accessible to all, life is poetic, and there is a poet inside all of us that speaks not only through words.


The Poartry Project considers art to be poems in visual form. As an artist, I create both current and futuristic art that connects the dots of what unites us all and points the way to our shared noble destiny as stewards of a harmonized world.


The Poartry Project loves books to the very core of its being, and I believe in the power of books and stories – in whatever form they take – to shape who we are and build loving worlds. I write and publish books. I illustrate books. I help other lives conceive and birth their books and stories into being. And I share insights on the special books and stories I really love and why they’re significant.

Workshops + Mentoring

The Poartry Project loves helping people of all ages and experiences bring their voices to life through workshops, mentoring and inclusive, welcoming experiential learning adventures that make creative expression accessible, fun and a source of wellbeing. I believe that creating opportunities for the creative explorer spirit to come out and play is a key to happy humans, united humanity and a harmonized world.

Book Doula: Book + Story Birthing

As a “Book Doula”, I help others bring their stories to life. I lovingly and respectfully steward your stories from conception through birth into life as a book and other story forms with my unusually insightful energy-based forms of perception and understanding that get at the essence and “soul” of your story. I believe that helping lives share their voices is one of the greatest services there is.


Where you can keep up to date with scheduled and special pop-up events and happenings throughout the year.

Appearances + Press

As a storyteller, I thrive with the energy of others and seeing The Poartry Project’s mission of building loving worlds through loving words spread. Experience my story-sharing and The Poartry Project’s work through my TV, print and live presentation appearances.

Book for Sale

My debut book
Voicing Art: Poetry of Space | Place | Time
is now available!

Poetry inspired by works of art, the art of nature and the exploration of beauty, perception and insight through the cartography of the unseen.


Building a Loving World


Thanks for your continued support and love for King Street Center.

You are magical and have a huge heart!

- Gabe Tufo Strouse

Community Outreach Director

Support This Work

Help The Poartry Project and founding poet-artist, JC Wayne, fulfill our mission of “building loving worlds through loving words” through expanding our donated workshops, mentoring, outdoor poetry adventures, fundbuilding benefits and books to communities and for-good organizations such as museums, arts centers, libraries, schools and youth programs.

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