2018 Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine events in Chicago: 10th - 11th May

Learn More & Register

The complete programme and online registration can be found on the conference website.


Held in conjunction with the international Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, one of the highest value prizes for a single poem in the world, the symposium is attracting scholars from across the globe with broad interests in poetry, health humanities, and in narrative medicine.

The 2018 Symposium is co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Center for Bioethics and 
Medical Humanities, the Hippocrates Initiative 
for Poetry & Medicine, the Poetry Foundation, and Harvard Medical School.

Events will be held at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (303 E Superior St), the Poetry Foundation (61 W Superior St), plus an optional event at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E Chicago Ave)—all within blocks of one another.

Admission grants entry to all events at Northwestern and the Poetry Foundation; and includes a light breakfast and lunch on Friday.

The program is now available for ths exciting international conference that explores the intersection of poetry and medicine.


The symposium will kick off on Thursday, May 10 at 7pm, with a reading by poet Mark Doty at the Poetry Foundation.

The conference's academic program begins the following morning at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with breakfast and the first of our panel discussions. Panels of the day will explore how poetry can influence the illness experience; how a body's physiology and a poem's language speak to each other; how poetry frames the witnessing of cultural differences and disparities; and how lyric form can disrupt and reconstitute our understanding and teaching of illness and health care. The day will also feature a keynote conversation between Mark Doty and physician-poet Rafael Campo and a lunchtime poster session.

Afterward (at 4pm), the award ceremony and reading of winning entries of the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine will be held at the Poetry Foundation. Following a reception there, guests may continue on to a supplemental event led by Joel Katz, MD at the Museum of Contemporary Art that incorporates visual art into our discussion of poetry and medicine. (Please note that there is an additional cost for this event.)

Conference Hotel

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate at the nearby Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel. Reservations can be made via this custom registration link or by calling the hotel directly (312-523-0902) and mentioning the "Northwestern Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities" group name. 

The deadline to reserve accommodation is Wednesday, April 18.

Registration online

More information 

Thursday 10th May 

7pm Reading by Mark Doty

Venue: Poetry Foundation, Chicago

Friday 11th May

9th Annual Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Symposium

Venue: The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

2018 International Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Awards and Launch of 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology

Venue: Poetry Foundation, Chicago

Seminar on “Art, Poetry, and Medicine,” led by Joel Katz, MD

Venue: Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art 

Small groups of registrants led by art experts and poets will visit the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art to view and discuss selected works inspired by illness. 

Participants will then meet in a plenary session to discuss their reflections. 

The event will close with a networking reception at the Museum.

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