Book reading: poet doctors and other healers

Join us for readings from poet doctors and other healers
in response to COVID-19

Dr. James Kyung-Jin Lee
Director, Center for Medical Humanities
Associate Professor, Department of Asian American Studies

The “backstory” of the book
with Dr. Thelma T. Reyna, Dr. Frank L. Meyskens, Dr. Johanna Shapiro

After the coronavirus the invasion hit the United States in 2020, our nation was weary and battered, with schools, churches, public places closed and the economy faltering. In the second year of the COVID-19 outbreak, the heroism and dedication of America’s healthcare workers has remained strong – despite burnout, despite assaults from virus deniers, anti-mask workers, anti-vaccine, conspiracy theorists, despite the purveyors of disinformation who have hindered our nation’s recovery. In this groundbreaking anthology, 26 poets and essayists – doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, private caregivers, holistic practitioners, medical students and a hospital chaplain – share their personal experiences of dealing with the pandemic and our changed lives, tending to patients, facing loss, uncertainty, grief and isolation, surviving in a disrupted world, continuing the fight to save lives through resilience, selflessness and the eternal flame of hope.

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