The Interstitium

live stories from humans in healthcare

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Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative presents the Interstitium: a storytelling evening that invites our community to share stories of how health and illness shape the way we live. Onstage. With a mic. Live. 

In biology, the interstitium is the space between cells that doesn’t necessarily have a function but supports and defines everything around it. We created “The Interstitium” to contemplate the stories happening in these “in between spaces” of our lives.  What stories aren’t being told? How can we learn from them?

“The Interstitium” celebrates our lived experience of health and healthcare—it’s so much more than a diagnosis or a lab result. Each and every person’s relationship to their body lives at the intersection of health, power, and identity. We want to make that intersection a place where people feel heard and respected.

The stories we share are funny, serious, heartfelt, heartbreaking, lyrical, or absurd.  Each storyteller illuminates hidden moments in health and illness that can bring us together in shared humanity.

What’s Next: Portland

For the health and wellbeing of our community during the COVID pandemic, we have no live performance events planned at this time. Please check back! We look forward to being together to share our stories when it is safe to do so.

What’s Next: Seattle

For the health and wellbeing of our community during the COVID pandemic, we have no live performance events planned at this time. Please check back! We look forward to being together to share our stories when it is safe to do so.

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Pitch Your Story

If you’ve got a story to tell that illuminates the theme above, we want to hear from you! Patients, professionals, clinicians, caregivers, writers, artists—and the many of us whose lives span more than one category—all are welcome.

The Interstitium began with a bang in the spring of 2019.

Check out our past shows!

Events Calendar

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Let us know about your upcoming event—or ask about bringing NWNMC to your community!