The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host our ninth annual three-day conference focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing.
2015 Featured Presenters
Our featured presenters’ sessions are free and open to the public. See the program page for dates and times.
Nancy Rappaport, MD
Nancy Rappaport is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Harvard teaching affiliate Cambridge Health Alliance, where she is also Director of School-Based Programs with a focus on servicing youths, families and staff in public schools. Nancy recently received Cambridge Health Alliance’s 2013 Art of Healing Award. http://www.nancyrappaport.com
Tim Denevi, MFA
Timothy Denevi is the author of Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD (Simon & Schuster, 2014). He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa. His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Arts & Letters, Make, Hobart, and Hawaii Review, among others. Recently he’s been awarded fellowships by The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He lives near Washington, DC and teaches in the MFA program at George Mason University, where he’s a visiting writer. http://www.timothydenevi.com
Born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca was raised first by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. A runaway at age 13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry. After a conflict with another inmate, Jimmy made a choice that would alter his destiny. Instead of becoming a hardened criminal, he emerged from prison a writer. Baca sent three of his poems to Mother Jones. The poems were published and became part of Immigrants in Our Own Land, published in 1979, the year he was released from prison. He earned his GED later that same year. He is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and, for his memoir “A Place to Stand,” the prestigious International Award. In 2006 he won the Cornelius P. Turner Award. Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond. He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries, and universities throughout the country. In 2005 he created Cedar Tree Inc., a nonprofit foundation that works to give people of all walks of life the opportunity to become educated and improve their lives. His memoir A Place to Stand has been made into a documentary film released in September 2014. http://www.jimmysantiagobaca.com/
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The University of Iowa is among the nation’s premier centers for creative writing, and its programs attract writers from all over the world. A dozen Pulitzer Prize-winners, numerous National Book Award recipients, and four recent US Poet Laureates have attended the University of Iowa. The University is home to the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Iowa Review. It is also home to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States, and the model for contemporary writing programs. Iowa City itself is a UNESCO City of Literature.