2017: 6th May - Hippocrates Awards Symposium

8th International Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Hippocrates Awards

Saturday 6th May, 2017

Venue: Harvard Medical School, Cambridge MA, USA

Register online

- Early bird registration deadline 7th April

Submit an abstract for the 2017 Symposium

Deadlines for abstract submission (see form at the foot of this page):

- for oral presentation: 12 mn GMT 15th March 2017

- for poster presentation: 12 mn GMT 31st March 2017

Online payment for registration for symposium, awards and reception

Contact the organisers 

Download flyer for Symposium, Hippocrates Awards, and pre-Symposium Poetry Workshop

The 2017 International Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Harvard Medical School, organised by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School.

On the evening of Friday 5th May there will be a pre-Symposium event on "Poetry and Training the Eye at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston

The winners and commended entrants in the 2017 Hipocrates Prize will be announced by the judges at the end of the Saturday 6th May Symposium.

There will be a pre-Symposium Poetry Workshop at the Boston Museum of Fine Art on the evening of Friday 5th May 2017.

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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. 

2017 Symposium Faculty includes:

Neal Baer (writer and producer of Emmy award-winning US television show ER: judge); Rafael Campo (Harvard Arts and Humanities Initiative, USA: chair); Michael Hulse (Hippocrates Initiative: chair); Jorie Graham (Harvard University, USA: judge); Jackie Kay (Newcastle University, UK: judge); Owen Lewis (Columbia University, New York City: judge); Maya Catherine Popa (New York City: Judge); Donald Singer (Hippocrates Initiative: chair).

Register for the Symposium

Draft Programme outline 

Registration + coffee


Coffee and posters 


Lunch and readings by previous Hippocrates award-winning poets



Keynote poetry reading

Awards ceremony

Awards presented by the judges
Readings by winning poets

Launch of 2017 Hippocrates Prize Anthology
Readings by commended poets

 © Hippocrates initiative 2012: hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com