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Sunday, May 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Poetry and Healing

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Almost a decade ago, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology Donald Singer teamed up with poet and translator Professor Michael Hulse to establish the international Hippocrates Prize for poetry on a medical subject. They have spent many years investigating relations between the two disciplines of poetry and medicine, and are joined by Dr. Rafael Campo, poet and physician at Harvard Medical School, to present thoughts about the healing and sensitizing influence of poetry in clinical and therapeutic contexts and in medical education and training. Donald and Michael have been working to identify a global corpus of poetry on medical subjects, and together with Rafael will explore the characteristics of medical poetry written by patients, by medical professionals, and by professional poets.Owen Lewis, a psychiatrist-poet based at Columbia, will also join the panel. This promises to be an illuminating and salutary encounter. 

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Rafael Campo

Essayist and Poet
RAFAEL CAMPO, M.A., M.D., D. Litt., is a poet and essayist who teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  He is also on the faculty of Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA Program.  He is the recipient... Read More →

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Michael Hulse

Hailed by Gwyneth Lewis as “a formidable poet”, Michael Hulse has been praised by Robert Gray, C. K. Stead, Sean O’Brien, Simon Armitage, the late Peter Porter, and many others. His audience for his solo appearance at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2012 numbered 700, and his latest... Read More →
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Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis’s poetry has appeared in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Peregrine, Four Way Review, The Cumberland Review, and The Mom Egg Review. Recent 2017 honors include Second Prize in the Paumantok Award (Farmingdale State College) and Shortlisting in the Gregory... Read More →
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Donald Singer

Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist who has published over 170 articles, chapters and books on cardiovascular research, prevention and treatment, and public understanding of health. He co-authors Pocket Prescriber, the 8th edition of which was published by Taylor & Francis... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
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