R113. Havoc and Healing: Intersections of Creative Writing and Science

Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Health care and literature have a long history of interconnection—William Carlos Williams famously delivered babies and wrote poems on prescription pads. What can writers learn from scientists and vice versa? What do literary craft and clinical practice have in common? How are biomedical and literary ethics related? In this panel, two physicians, a clinical pharmacist, a biomedical researcher, and a former medical editor discuss how their biomedical work troubles and informs their writing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Havoc_and_Healing_Panel_Outline.docx
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Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of several poetry collections, most recently The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and Fountain and Furnace. She is also coauthor of Writing Poems, 8th ed. Bar-Nadav is a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a writer, pediatrician, and public health researcher at University of Virginia. Author of three poetry collections, Grand Marronage, orogeny, and the galaxy of origins, she is on Jack Jones Literary Arts' speakers’ bureau. She has been a Fulbright, Callaloo, and VCCA fellow.

Seema Yasmin is a doctor, Emmy Award-winning journalist, poet, and author. She is the author of three books including a biography, a popular science book debunking medical myths, and a book about phenomenal Muslim women. She is Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer. He is originally from Washington State, and his writing has been published in The Queer South, The LA Review of Books, The LA Review, Gawker, The Rumpus, and The Feminist Wire, where he is an associate editor.

Ruth Madievsky is the author of a poetry collection, Emergency Brake. She has received awards from Tin House, The American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her work appears widely in literary journals. When she is not writing, she works as an HIV and oncology clinical pharmacist in Boston.


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