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Astonished Harvest Invites You to Share Your Poetry

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Astonished Harvest — a community of poets sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics — is holding a poetry reading on Thursday, December 8, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in the Health Sciences Center, Room 152.

Drs. Jack Coulehan, Maria Basile and Richard Bronson, the founding physician-poets of the program, will lead off with short readings, followed by an open mic for anyone at Stony Brook Medicine who would like to share their poetry.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact bioethics@stonybrookmedicine.edu or (631) 444-8029.

Astonished Harvest members (from left to right) Dr. Richard Bronson, Dr. Maria Basile, Dr. Jack Coulehan.
Astonished Harvest members (from left to right): Dr. Richard Bronson, Dr. Maria Basile and Dr. Jack Coulehan.

Astonished Harvest focuses on the art of medicine and the professional development of physicians through the lens of poetry. In its core program of monthly community workshops, the group brings together healthcare students, medical professionals and local poets to write and reflect upon the poetry of illness, suffering and healing. In its educational programs, Astonished Harvest creates awareness of the value of poetry in promoting the skills of observation, reflection and communication that are essential to compassionate medical care by offering interactive lectures for first-year medical students and electives in poetry and medicine for second- and fourth-year students.

Dr. Richard Bronson, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology, is one of the founders of Astonished Harvest at Stony Brook and a faculty member of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. His poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Bronson is the recipient of the Poem of the Year award from the American College of Physicians. His third collection of poems, “Passage,” was published in 2014.

Dr. Maria Basile is a colorectal surgeon who recently left private practice to pursue interests in Healthcare Policy and Administration. She is on the core faculty at the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, where she teaches medical school and graduate-level courses in literature and medicine. She is author of “Minimally Invasive: Poems from a Life in Surgery.”

Dr. Jack Coulehan is a senior fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. His poems appear frequently in medical and literary journals and are widely anthologized. “The Wound Dresser,” his sixth collection of poems, will be published this summer by J. B. Stillwater.

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