Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

2017 Hippocrates Prize

8th Annual Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and MedicineTo register, please click here.

The 2017 Hippocrates Awards are being organized by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. This year's symposium will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

All winning and commended poems in the Hippocrates Prize are published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

The Hippocrates awards comprise

  • Young Poets Prize and commendations

  • Open Awards with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations

  • Awards for Health Professional staff and students from anywhere in the world: a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations

View the short-listed poet list on the Hipporactes Inititative website here.

Events in Boston

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 8:00am–5:00pm
Symposium & Awards for the 2017 Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

The 2017 International Symposium will include lectures, round-table discussions, and poetry readings. There will be talks, discussion panel, and poster sessions on historical and contemporary themes, illness and poetry, poetry as therapy, poetry in the education of health professionals, and poetry as an aid to health professionals. To learn more about the symposium, please visit the Hippocrates Initiative website.

Symposium faculty includes:

  • Neal Baer—writer and producer of Emmy award-winning US television show ER; judge

  • Rafael Campo—HMS Arts and Humanities Initiative, USA: chair

  • Michael Hulse—Hippocrates Initiative, UK: chair

  • Jorie Graham—Harvard University, USA, judge

  • Jackie Kay—Newcastle University, UK: judge

  • Owen Lewis—Columbia University, New York City, USA: judge

  • Maya Catherine Popa—New York City, USA: judge

  • Donald Singer—Hippocrates Initiative, UK: chair

With a prize fund of £5,500 for winning poems in the Open International category and NHS category, and £500 for the Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. The prize comprises a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations in each of the Open and NHS categories and further commendations in the Young Poets Award. In its first seven years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8,000 entries from over 60 countries—from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia.

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Friday, May 5, 2017 | 6:30–8:30pm
Pre-Symposium "Poetry and Training the Eye" seminar
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Join the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School faculty and Boston Museum of Fine Arts educators as we explore works in the collection that relate to the experience of illness and our mortality—through the lens of poetry and storytelling. Creative self-expression through the arts has always been indispensable to how we make sense of our bodies and our suffering, and is perhaps even more important in this moment of ascent technologies and the growing power of science. How do great works of the imagination help doctors to be better healers? How do they challenge us to find strength in ourselves as we confront disease? These questions and more will be the subjects of our own writing as we reflect on what we see. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the MFA art galleries and take part in two activities focused on close looking, teamwork, and empathy. Each group will be co-facilitated by an art educator and medical educator. Throughout, we will share examples of how these programs have resonated with other medical practitioners.

A welcome reception for participants and delegates to the Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine will follow. After the reception enjoy time on your own in the MFA galleries or get a bite to eat in one of the MFA’s restaurants. You may register for this special program when you register for the symposium.

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