Writing our Experiences: Poet Paula Sergi with Counselor Kari Meyer

Writing our Experiences: Poet Paula Sergi with Counselor Kari Meyer & Open Mic Night

Please join us on November 4 to think about the connections between art & experience. 

Café Open: 6 pm
Reading: 7
Open Mic following the reading!


About the Book:

In her new book Star Boy, Sergi writes of parenting, love and wonder and worry, and witnessing a child wrestle with addiction, while navigating support systems. Sergi’s writing shares experience through the language of the poet. Over the last few years, so many of us have come to a greater understanding of the importance of mental health support, and our connections to each other, so we are pleased to be able to share the perspective of psychotherapist-counselor Kari Meyer alongside Sergi’s work – discussing the realities of addiction experienced by both the addict and those who love them and ways creative therapies can assist in expressing these realities while promoting change. Resources for both the addict/alcoholic and family members will be shared.

Order her book HERE!


About the Instructors:

Paula Sergi is the author of three previous poetry chapbooks and editor of three anthologies. She’s the recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Artist Fellowship and was selected as the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters cultural ambassador to Germany, where she spent three months teaching creative writing. Her poetry is regularly published and anthologized in literary and nursing humanities journals. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College and a BSN from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She lives in Wisconsin at the confluence of the Fond du Lac River and the Dutch Gap Creek.


Kari Meyer, LPC, SAC, is a dually licensed mental health and substance abuse therapist currently working in the behavioral health unit at Advocate Aurora in Oshkosh. Kari has worked in residential, transitional, and outpatient settings with primary experience in addiction and severe mental illness. Kari identifies as a recovering alcoholic/addict herself and has worked extensively with both addicts and their families to better understand and cope with the trauma of addiction. Kari, an alumni of Marian University, currently serves as an adjunct professor at UW-Oshkosh within the Professional Counseling Program and their Addictions course is one of the classes she has facilitated. Kari is passionate about challenging the stigma surrounding addiction and increasing awareness and empathy for those who struggle with addiction and/or loving someone who is addicted.