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We love hearing about, passing on news about, and reading about our OPA members having poems published in literary journals, in zines, on web sites, and as a consequence of winning a contest. Please let us know where we can find your most recent publications, and use this page as a guide to the publications where OPA member’s poems appear!

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  • Poetry and Medicine article by Lois Leveen

    December 5, 2017

    OPA members may be interested in “Finding Purpose: Honing the Practice of Making Meaning in Medicine,” an article about using poetry to facilitate discussions among physicians, among “interprofessional health care teams,” and between healthcare practitioners and patients. It’s just been published by The Permanente Journal (Permanente is a medical journal akin to JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine, so this article appears alongside ones about cutting edge research in medicine.) Here’s the abstract:

    Despite decades of advances in diagnosing and treating a broad range of illnesses, many changes in our health care system impede true caregiving, leaving patients and practitioners dissatisfied and creating an emotional burden for practitioners that contributes to the staggering rates of physician burnout. Given this dissatisfaction and disconnection, practitioners and patients alike can benefit from structured opportunities to explore the expectations, assumptions, and emotions that shape our understanding of health and illness, and thus our experiences within the health care system. This article demonstrates how group discussions of poetry—something that might seem irrelevant to medical practice or physical wellness—can foster communication, connection, and collective reflection for physicians, interprofessional health care teams, and groups that include practitioners, patients, and families, allowing participants to once again find meaning in medicine.

    You can download the PDF here: It’s free, and written in an accessible style, and I am hoping it will do good work in the world, so please share it widely.

  • Include a photo with your Member News

    August 6, 2017Include a photo with your Member News

    We’ve added the option of including an image with your Member News submission.

  • Rachel Barton launches Willawaw Journal

    July 6, 2017

    The first issue of Willawaw Journal is online and open for viewing! If you like what you see, please sign in to receive future notices. Thank you!

    Rachel Barton, Editor

  • The Whale of Santiago (Alan Contreras)

    July 3, 2017

    My poem “The Whale of Santiago” was published in Gay & Lesbian Review, May-June 2017. GLR’s web site is

  • Nancy Christopherson

    May 9, 2017

    “Wind” published in Hawaii Pacific Review. Online at

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