An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine


Matthew Baker currently lives in Reno, NV, and is a candidate in the University of Nevada, Reno's MFA Program in Creative Writing. Some of his work has appeared or will appear in Sierra Nevada Review, Yemassee Journal, The Meadow, Elke, and Swamp Ape Review, among others. Follow him on Twitter @mmbakes.

Paul Blom is a PhD student and Teaching Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC, where he teaches courses in first-year writing and studies twentieth-century American literature and its intersections with trauma theory. He received his BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL and his MA in English from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. In addition to his scholarly work, Paul writes original pieces of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and drama and also writes scripts for promotional videos and short narrative or documentary films.

Tyler Chadwick, an award-winning poet, essayist, editor, and teacher, received his BS in English from Weber State University, his MA in English from National University, and his PhD in English and the Teaching of English from Idaho State. He has three books to his name: two anthologies, Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets (as editor) and Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry (as co-editor), and a collection of poetry and essays, Field Notes on Language and Kinship. He lives in Ogden, Utah, with his wife, Jess, and their four daughters.

Susan Comninos is both a freelance arts journalist and poet. Her journalism has appeared in The Atlantic Online, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Jewish Daily Forward, among others. Her poetry has most recently appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Subtropics, Rattle, The Common, and Southern Humanities Review. In 2010, it won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet magazine. In 2016, it won a Tishman Review Staff Favorite Prize, a VQR Writers’ Conference scholarship award and a Poets Respond (to the news) contest run by Rattle. She recently completed a debut book of poems, Out of Nowhere.

Lane Falcon’s poems are forthcoming or have been recently published in American Poetry Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, December, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, RHINO, The Journal, and more. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her two children.

Victoria Gatehouse is both a Medical Researcher and a poet and is based in West Yorkshire in the UK.  She has an MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University and her work has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. Victoria has also won and placed in numerous competitions, and her pamphlet "Light After Light" is published by Valley Press.

Meagan Grant is a writer based outside of Boston. Her love of language began at five under her covers with a flashlight reading Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Father. Her writing has been featured in Real Simple, The Mighty, Her View From Home, Scary Mommy, and The Ma Books, amongst other publications. Meagan works at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Sophie Summertown Grimes holds an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. Her writing can be found in The Literary Review and Lockjaw Magazine, among others. Author of the chapbook City Structures, Sophie writes poetry reviews for Publishers Weekly and works for the New York City Department of Education. 

Lisa Hiton is a poet and filmmaker. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in New South, Linebreak, The Paris-American, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and LAMBDA Literary among others. She's the author of the chapbook, Variation on Testimony (CutBank Literary). She is the interviews editor of Cosmonauts Avenue and the senior poetry editor for The Adroit Journal.

Sarah Kersey is a poet, musician, and x-ray tech from New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Columbia Journal (online), The Harpoon Review, Fire Poetry, Thistle Magazine, Squawk Back, and other publications. Her personal blog can be found at Sarah's favorite author is William Faulkner, and her favorite poet is Derek Walcott. She is an associate editor for South Florida Poetry Journal (Twitter: @soflopojo).


Dan Kraines has published poems in The Adroit Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, and Salmagundi, among many others. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester. He also teaches at two public colleges in New York: City Tech and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Last June, he was a resident at the Betsy Writers Room in Miami.


Donna J. Gelagotis Lee’s book, On the Altar of Greece, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, received a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award: Notable for Art Category and was nominated for a number of other awards. Her poetry has appeared in journals internationally, including Cimarron Review, Feminist Studies, The Massachusetts Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her website is

Nancy Smiler Levinson is the author of Moments of Dawn: A Poetic Memoir of Love & Family, Affliction & Affirmation, as well as stories and poems that have appeared in Confrontation, Poetica, Rat's Ass Review, Blood and Thunder, Burningword Review, Drunk Monkeys, and other literary journals. Recently, her essays have been published in three anthologies, one of which was a Pushcart nominee. Nancy lives in Los Angeles. In former chapters of her life she published some thirty books for young readers.

Nan Darbous Marthaller provides results-driven executive support to thought leaders in education, healthcare, and research. A published poet, small press journalist, presenter at the 24th Annual Write on the Sound conference and PAMLA 2017, her current work appeared in the Pomona Valley Review. Nan earned her B.A. from Antioch University Seattle and is a graduate of the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute at the University of Washington, a Certified Scrum Master, and a current Humanities graduate student at AMU.

Isla McKetta is the author of Polska, 1994 and co-author of Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. Isla makes her home in Seattle where she writes fiction, poetry, and book reviews. 

Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer. Since the 1990s he's been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online.  He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the health insurance.

Stephen C. Middleton is a writer working in London. He has published five books, including A Brave Light (Stride) and Worlds of Pain / Shades of Grace (Poetry Salzburg). He has been in several anthologies, among them Paging Doctor Jazz (Shoestring), From Hepworth’s Garden Out (Shearsman), and Yesterday’s Music Today (Knives Forks And Spoons Press). For many years he was editor of Ostinato, a magazine of jazz and jazz inspired poetry, and The Tenormen Press. He has been in many magazines worldwide. Current projects (prose and poetry) relate to jazz, blues, politics, outsider (folk) art, mountain environments, and long-term illness.

Alyson Miller teaches writing and literature at Deakin University, Australia. Her poems and short stories have appeared in both national and international publications, alongside a critical monograph, Haunted by Words: Scandalous Texts, and two collections of prose poems, Dream Animals and Pika-Don.

Rich Murphy’s poetry collections have won two national book awards: the 2008 Gival Press Poetry Prize 2008 for Voyeur and the Press Americana Poetry Prize for Americana in 2013. This poem is from Asylum Seeker, the third in a trilogy focusing on globalizing Western/American culture published by Press Americana January 2018. Body Politic was published in 2017 by Prolific Press. Murphy’s first book The Apple in the Monkey Tree was published in 2007 by Codhill Press. Chapbooks include Great Grandfather (Pudding House Press), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), and Paideia (Aldrich Press).

Walt Peterson is a writer and teacher who lives in Pittsburgh. He has won the Acorn-Rukeyser Award for Poetry. He has threatened to finish his manuscript, Talking Smack to the Dead, this summer. He is a rostered PA Council on the Arts writer and teaches a writers’ workshop to the Sisters of Saint Francis at Mount Alvernia.


Geralyn Pinto lives in Mangalore, India, where she serves as Associate Professor and Head of the St Agnes College (Auton) Postgraduate English department. Her work has been published and won awards nationally and internationally, including first prize in both the 2016 Save as Writers International Creative Writing Contest and the 2017 Scene Magazine Christmas Story Contest. Her poem “A Study in Blue” was featured in The Healing Muse, a journal of the Bioethics and Humanities Centre of SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is a member of Alibi, an online British writers group and has, besides, published five independently-researched scholarly papers.

Julie Rosenzweig is a Jerusalem-based translator, librarian, and mom. Her work has been featured in Literary Mama, Eunoia Review, and the Times of Israel.

Tara Skurtu, born in Key West, Florida, is a two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her recent poems have appeared in Salmagundi, the Kenyon Review, Plume, and Poetry Review. She is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania (Eyewear, 2016) and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game (Eyewear, 2017).

Sarah Anderson Wood is the mother of three children and an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching courses in American Literature. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina. Her poetry has been published in Broad River Review, Mom Egg Review, and Columbia Review.


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