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Interview: April Brenneman and Elizabeth Lahti talk with friends at KGW about the 2nd Annual Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference in Portland, Or.

Watch the full interview here: https://www.kgw.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/portland-today/learn-about-narrative-medicine/283-2747903

Guest Blogger: Marcy Cottrell Houle

Marcy Cottrell Houle is a professional wildlife biologist, national speaker, and award-winning author of four books. Her most recent book is The Gift of Caring. Houle will be a keynote speaker at the NW Narrative Medicine Conference, October 20-22, 2017. A LETTER TO THOSE ATTENDING THE NW NARRATIVE MEDICINE CONFERENCE Dear Friends: I am looking forward to…

Guest Blogger: Charlene Happel

Artwork: Charlene Happel, glory bound, 2017, water and ink Who am i….to stand for creativity? I believe that art is medicine. That creativity allows you to tap into the power of your heart in a way that defies logic. And that accessing your ability to create is one of the keys to healing. Art is…

Touching moments shared at Story Beat LIVE!

On July 11 we wrapped up our Northwest Narrative Medicine Series with Story Beat LIVE—an evening of intimate storytelling and careful listening. Our group was made up of a variety of individuals from all different walks of life. We were joined by doctors, patients, students, and writers—all of us brought together by the shared experience…

2017 Conference Registration Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Narrative Medicine Conference in Portland, Oregon on October 20-22, 2017. Sponsoring for this event is provided by The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and The OHSU School of Medicine. Register before September 15th to receive the early bird pricing. What can you expect? Spend three days…

You Can’t Tell By Looking. . .

By Stacy Brewster I have several prompts I love to throw out the first week of a writing workshop. Where I come from…, Out my window…, On my way here…. Prompts which, when shared aloud, help break the ice between strangers by giving some insight into each person’s perspective, their style, their humanity and how…

A Night of Art and Healing with Sharon Agnor

By April Brenneman Glass and steel artist Sharon Agnor shared her illness narrative as well as her art at the Northwest Narrative Medicine’s Monthly Series on May 9th. Agnor has vivid memories of being sick and in the hospital as a child. Struggling with her health on and off most of her life, the decade…

Poems from the Body

By Judith Barrington I come to the thrilling idea of narrative medicine as first a poet and second a patient. My first poetry book was published in 1985 and my fifth (a “New and Selected”) will come out next spring from Salmon Publishing. In between, there have been chapbooks, collaborations with artists and musicians, and…

NWNMC Co-Founder Elizabeth Lahti MD received the 2017 Exceptional Mentor Award.

Read the full story of how she came to practice narrative medicine on page 3 of The Scribe.

National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, Signature will send you a FREE Writer’s Guide to Poetry. The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative thinks this is awesome!

Poetry in Healthcare

By Diane Kaufman I am a poet and a child psychiatrist. Beginning in childhood and all the way through my now senior years, I have found poetry to be a life saver. It is a paradox that poetry written in words can help convey that which feels beyond mere words to express. Poetry is like…

A Life Far Distant from My Own

By Lisa Goren A Letter On behalf of the Social Security Administration’s Cleveland Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, please accept our condolences on the loss of your brother and our colleague, Dr. Hershel Goren. I speak for everyone when I say that our thoughts are with you and your family. I hope that you…

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