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Healing Words producers were drawn together by their common interest in the connection between medicine and the expressive arts. Our goal is to produce documentaries on

  • medical programs that use poetry therapeutically
  • poets who have written poetry as a means of confronting and understanding illness
  • poetry as a spiritual guide available to all people

We are here for all those who have been affected by illness— for doctors, nurses, hospice workers, caregivers, patients, their families and friends. We are here for poets and artists. We are here for everyone.

As we grow, our website will expand the scope of our work by offering educational materials to medical and nursing school curricula. We wish to be a resource for the growing poetry and medicine movement. Our non-profit sponsor The Foundation for the Humanities in Medicine already supports an annual summer conference Writing the Medical Experience hosted by Sarah Lawrence College.

Here you will find a video clip, photographs, and poems from our first PBS documentary, Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. Our second film, Caitlin’s Story, is currently in production.