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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 Sylvia S. Villarreal, MEd, MPH, winner of the 2018 Annals Poetry Prize. Her poem "Provisions" was published in the 3 April 2018 issue (vol. 168, no. 7, page 497). Ms. Villarreal is Associate Faculty and Program Manager for the Sacred Vocation Program at McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics.

Ms. Villarreal's poem was selected from poetry published in Annals in 2018 by 3 judges: Daniel Bosch of Emory University; Jack Coulehan, poet/physician of Stony Brook; 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. Jack Coulehan, MD, is director emeritus of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society and Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also is author of 4 collections of poetry: The Knitted Glove, First Photographs of Heaven, Medicine Stone, and Bursting with Danger and Music. 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:

2017: Brenda Butka, MD, "Intensive Care"
(published 4 July 2017 [vol. 167, no. 1, page 65])

2016: Veneta Masson, RN, MA, "Tinnitus"
(published 7 June 2016 [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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