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Annals Poetry Prize

Annals of Internal Medicine offers a $500 prize for the best poem published in Annals each year. The winning poem is selected by a panel led by Dr. Michael LaCombe and 2 to 3 external judges.

We look forward to receiving your poems.

Congratulations to Brenda Butka, MD, winner of the 2017 Annals Poetry Prize. Her poem "Intensive Care" was published in the 4 July 2017 issue (vol. 167, no. 1, page 65). Dr. Butka is director of pulmonary rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her work has been published by Threepenny Review, Slant, The Cortland Review, Florida Review, 2nd and Church, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Chest, and other journals.

Dr. Butka's poem was selected from poetry published in Annals in 2017 by 3 judges, Daniel Bosch of Emory University; David Elpern of Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Abigail Zuger, who writes for The New York Times. Mr. Bosch is Lecturer in English at Emory University. His 2014 chapbook Octaves is online at www.beardofbees.com. Dr. Elpern edits and publishes Cell2Soul, an online medical humanities journal. Dr. Zuger is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Einstein and an infectious disease expert. Her Strong Shadows: Scenes from an Inner City AIDS Clinic was published by WH Freeman in 1995. She is a regular contributor to the NY Times.

Past winners:

2016: Veneta Masson, RN, MA, "Tinnitus"
(published 7 June 2016 issue [vol. 164, no. 11, page 763])

2015: Lawrence J. Hergott, MD, "Tragedy of Shadows"
(published 20 October 2015 [vol. 163, no. 8, page 644])

2014: Joseph Gascho, MD, "The Joy of Medicine"
(published 16 June 2014 [vol. 160, no. 12, page 880])

2013: Bonnie Salomon, MD, "DLROW"
(published 2 July 2013 [vol. 159, no. 1, page 69])

2012: Daniela Matei, MD, "Bloom"
(published 21 August 2012 [vol. 157, no. 4, page 297])

2011: Daniel Bosch, "Agnosis: Cambridge"
(published 15 February 2011 [vol. 154, no. 4, page 226])

2010: Sarah Leeper, "What I Remember Most"
(published 5 January 2010 [vol. 152, no. 1, page 68])

2009: Beth Lown, MD, "Leylo and the Land Mine"
(published 7 July 2009 [vol. 151, issue 1, page 62])

2008: Bhuvana Chandra, MD, "Six Haiku"
(published 2 September 2008 [vol. 149, issue 5, page 367])

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