“The students at PALCS found the experience enriching and entertaining. They discovered through poetry what makes a good leader through the leadership of Dr. T.”

-Abby Weller-Hall, English Teacher, PA Leadership Charter School about the Poetry That Works Program from earlier that day, Ways to Lead, resulting in “What Makes a Leader”


“Good evening, Dr. T, Thank you so much for coming to our camp and blessing us with your passion and skill set.  I can most certainly assure you that our campers had a great time during your discussion and work of art.  I look forward to connecting and working with you in the very near future.”

-Rob Flowers, M. Ed., Director of Community Relations & Equity Awareness, Head Football Coach, Daniel Boone Area School District


“Hi, Thank you so much for another fun program! I never saw Zippy talk so much!!!! She was very comfortable adding to the poem! That was great! I am sad our poetry time has come to an end but elated at the prospect of having you back. I loved how you dealt with the participants! I loved their description of your program and that they want more too!”

-Teresa St. Angelo, then Youth Program Assistant, Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA


“. . . we always appreciate you and what you and your talents and perceptiveness offer to the world and hearts.”

 -Jennifer Hetrick, then President of Berks Bards, a poetry-promoting nonprofit, Berks County, Pennsylvania


“Hi Phillip- I just sent out all end of course evaluations for the Counseling Theories class, including a request for feedback on the workshop (you got big raves in discussion the next week, I can tell you that).”

-Clayton Martin, PhD, NCC, LPC, then Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Alvernia University, Psychology & Counseling Department


“I am only sorry our schedules didn’t work today so that I could have taken you out for lunch to celebrate your success!  You did an outstanding and captivating job. After all these years working with you, I have a new found admiration for your talents as a therapist, instructor and poet/author . . . Definitely end your day with a toast to your abilities and success.”

-Martha Connoly, LCSW, Founder of the Willows Program, Geriatric Services, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center


“The power of the poetry spoke for itself, as the group became instantly engaged and worked together to create uplifting prose . . . The smiles, laughter and engagement spoke to the power of the words and working together as stress was no longer visible in the room, rather it melted away.”

-Jennifer Avon, LCSW, then Mental Health Professional, School-Based Clinician, Minersville Elementary School, New Story/Children’s Service Center