The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host our 12th annual three-day conference focusing on the links between medicine and the arts. We feature a refreshing and relaxed atmosphere to take in skill-building workshops and inspiring presentations from the people working to forge that integration. You’ll leave with a new appreciation not only of your art, but of your work (and even your struggles). Welcome to Iowa!
Sarah Smarsh is the author of HEARTLAND: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth coming in September from Scribner Books. She has reported on socioeconomic class, politics and public policy for The New Yorker and Harper’s online, The Guardian, VQR, Pacific Standard, Longreads, Guernica, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many others. She is a Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government during the spring 2018 semester.
Sarah has spoken on social issues, media, literature and history at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy; TedX Topeka; the Chicago Humanities Festival; Texas Book Festival; Google/Knight Foundation’s Newsgeist at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Popular/American Culture Association National Conference; the Associated Writing Programs National Conference; Kansas Conference on Poverty; Southampton Writers Conference; the National Archives; KGB Bar, and numerous public radio programs, high schools, bookstores, bars, and civic organizations. She is a stage alum of Literary Death Match and other storytelling series. Read more…
Dr Hilton Koppe is a general practitioner in Lennox Head, a small village on the east coast of Australia.Hilton combines his clinical work with an active role in medical education, training new and experienced GPs within the region and around Australia.
Since 2003, Hilton has been running creative writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing risk of burn out.
In recent years, the workshops have been adapted for use with people living with chronic and serious illness. Hilton has offered this work to a variety of groups ranging from Canteen (an organisation supporting young people affected by cancer) to a group of USA Armed Service Veterans with serious chronic mental illness. Hilton has further adapted these workshops for the general public, including an annual invitation to present at Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Hilton’s is a fledging writer himself, and his writing can be found in a diverse range of publications including Grieve, The Examined Life, Pulse, Chrysalis, The Universal Doctor and More Voices.
In 2015, Hilton fulfilled his life’s ambition when he made his international football (soccer) debut for the Master Docceroos at the World Medical Football Championships.He may well be the oldest and least skilful player ever to represent Australia at an international football championship. Read more…
Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Sandy wrote the critically acclaimed work of reported literary nonfiction A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia (Scribner, 2018). Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed News, CNN Opinion, Bon Appétit’s Healthyish and Pop-Up Magazine. Sandy was previously BuzzFeed News’ deputy features editor. They also founded and ran the online-only literary quarterly Wag’s Revue. Sandy’s work focuses on power and constructs of normalcy, including psychiatric disability and gender. Sandy is non-binary trans. Originally from Muir Beach, CA, they live in the Catskills. Read more…
About the University of Iowa
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.