2017 Schedule


Thank you to all who made the 2017 Monthly Series a success. We will update this page with information about the 2018 schedule when it is available.

The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative hosted a Monthly Series with a focus on how stories—spoken, written, visual or performed—help shape our experience of healthcare. Facilitated by patients, writers, and healthcare professionals, each 1.5 hour session explored a unique perspective and included an interactive component for participants. The series was FREE and open to the public. Stay tuned for more to come.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Second Tuesdays of each month
No RSVP required, but please arrive early. All sessions will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building
2730 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
Room 3A003A (2nd Floor)

Accessible by MAX Orange Line, South Waterfront Streetcar, and multiple bus lines.

Parking: If you plan to drive, leave extra time to find neighborhood metered parking. CLSB garage parking is available for $4/hour (entrance where SW Meade meets SW Moody Ave)

We welcome all people interested in the creative exploration of the stories and experiences of health and illness. Healthcare providers, students, patients, caregivers, scholars, writers, artists, performers, and members of the public are encouraged to attend. The series is FREE and open to the public.

Be sure to bring paper and something to write with. Contact us at nwnmc.pdx@gmail.com with questions or to request an accommodation.

February 14, 2017

Love Story Facilitator: Lois Leveen


Hear about the inspiration for Juliet’s Nurse, the best-selling novel by Portland author Lois Leveen. Discover how she incorporated research in medical humanities, particularly the history of childbirth practices in late medieval Italy, into her fictional retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Whether you’re a healthcare practitioner, an aspiring writer, or an avid reader, the discussion will deepen your appreciation of how facts—including historical information on health, illness, and medical treatment—can be woven into creative writing. More at http://loisleveen.com/index.php/juliets-nurse

March 14, 2017

Storytelling in the Exam Room Facilitator: Patricia Kullberg


Patricia Kullberg, MD, MPH will read from her book On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed, a collection of clinical narratives drawn from two decades of practice in a clinic for the urban poor and homeless in downtown Portland, Oregon. Drawing on vignettes from the book, Dr. Kullberg will invite participants to explore the central role storytelling plays in the clinical encounter and what factors enhance or subvert the power of story to create a successful therapeutic alliance. Participants will be invited to share their own stories from inside the exam room, either as patients or caregivers.More at patriciakullberg.com

April 11, 2017

Wings of Resilience: Poetry and Healing Facilitator: Diane Kaufman, keynote speaker at the 2016 National Association of Poetry Therapy Conference


The metamorphic and rhythmic language of poetry can be a healing elixir. Using mythology and archetypal images as a starting point, poet and child psychiatrist Diane Kaufman will explore the healing aspects of poetry. She will share her healing from trauma story, Bird That Wants to Fly, which became a children’s opera narrated by the actor Danny Glover, provide examples of poetry and story from mental health treatment, and offer writing prompts to stir our creative imaginings and facilitate writing during the session. Please join us for this celebration of National Poetry Month. For more information on Dr. Kaufman’s arts and healing activities, please see www.artsmedicineforhealthandhealing.com (Arts Medicine for Health and Healing). If you would like, please bring with you a poem that is your favorite or has a special meaning to share with the group. No creative writing experience is required.

May 9, 2017

Art as Medicine Facilitator: Sharon Agnor


Glass and steel artist and patient Sharon Agnor shares her personal medical narrative utilizing her art pieces. Discussing the benefits of practicing art, Agnor believes we are gifted with the ability to create as a way of processing the events and circumstances in our lives. She delights in our ability to express ourselves in tangible form, whether writing, painting, dance, etc.  Agnor will demonstrate how to create a pinch pot with the idea that our life events and circumstances shape us, yet we also have the power to shape the clay, re-framing our stories. Participants will create their own pinch pots, all supplies provided. Agnor will fire the pieces in her studio and participants may pick up their completed work at the June 13th Series. More at sharonwarmanagnor.com

June 13, 2017

Writing, Interrupted Facilitator: Stacy Brewster


Local writer, editor and workshop facilitator Stacy Brewster of Launch Creative NW will lead the group with writing prompts and discuss his experience with ongoing pain interfering with his writing. Come prepared to write together about the intersection of healthcare and creative practice. More at launchcreativenw.com and stacybrewster.com.

July 11, 2017

Story Beat LIVE!

As a culmination of our six-month series, come prepared to share a story, or listen to others as they read a poem, share their art piece, short story, or excerpts from a longer piece pertaining to narrative medicine. Space will be limited, please limit presentation to five minutes, one share per person.

For more details on the NWNM Project click HERE.