APRIL IS POETRY MONTH

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH  with  

WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM

Two Online Writing and Reflection workshops in April with Ronna  Bloom have expanded availability for virtual/online participation !

1) Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form
 

Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this? Let’s be brief: this workshop will address impacts, physical or emotional, personal or professional, of caring for human suffering. In notes. A creative writing workshop. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest; write something. No experience necessary.

Time and place:
April 15, 2020 6PM-8PM
Via Zoom
with Ronna Bloom-April 15, 2020 (See Ronna’s BIO below)
Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, and Learners from other disciplines.

To register contact ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

2) Awake at Work  
In this session, use writing to explore how simply showing up and attending to your own experience is the starting point for attending to others. Through guided exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to notice your personal, professional, and physical responses –– whether you’re at a desk, in the community, or in a hospital room –– and to write about them in a reflective, open, non-evaluative way. See how being awake to yourself might help you be awake at work. No experience is necessary.

Time and place:
April 29, 2020
6PM-8PM

Via Zoom

Goals:
— Learn five rules for writing that can be used to reflect on one’s work, relationships, and life
— Engage with poetry as a tool for understanding and expressing challenges
— Increase awareness of the impact of the professional on the personal, and the personal on the professional
— Explore poetry and writing as practices of self-care

Workshop Leader
Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) long-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Program. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals, conferences and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing. ronnabloom.com

Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, and Learners from other disciplines. Sign up for one or both.

  To register contact ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

JHI Program for the Arts 2020-2021 FUNDING Deadline Extended

FROM THE JACKMAN HUMANITIES INSTITUTE

Dear Colleagues:
The deadline for applications for funding in 2020-2021 for the JHI Program for the Arts is now extended to 15 April 2020 at midnight. A couple of provisions have also been adjusted to make it possible to fund online events and to encourage applicants to consider contingency plans for their events, should regular operations not be feasible when the time comes.
Applications are welcome from all continuing teaching and research members of the faculty.
Could you please share the revised Call for Applications (attached, and copied in below this message) with your mailing list to faculty members?
Sincerely,
Kim

—–
Dr. Kimberley Yates, Associate Director
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, Room 1029
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
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 Call for Proposals — REVISED

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, 2020-2021

 Deadline for applications: EXTENDED TO 15 APRIL 

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small (up to $3000) to larger (up to $10,000) designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University. Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, exhibitions, performances, or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The Program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. It does not support activities that are routine matters of the sort that individual academic units would normally fund (e.g. departmental colloquia, learned society meetings, etc.). The Program also prefers activities that are related to the 2020-2021 theme—Collectives—but will consider proposals with other foci. Applications will be evaluated for conceptual fit, methodology, and research outputs.  

Proposals that include contingency plans for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access will be given priority. 

2020 – 2021: Collectives

From political parties to literary coteries, from fan groups to sports teams, from terrorist organizations to online groups, our collectives, associations, and communities are multiform and complex. How do we band together and why? In teaming up, how does membership of a collective affect one’s own agency and standing – what do we lose, what do we gain? Can collectives truly be agents and how do group dynamics emerge? How do we balance the interests between collectives, of individuals and collectives, and of the individual within the collective?

 Applications are invited from appointed members of the continuing research and teaching faculty at the University of Toronto.  To apply:

1.     You must have an active userID account on the JHI website

https://humanities.utoronto.ca

2.     Complete the online application form at
https://humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/20-21_Program_for_the_Arts

3.     Upload a description and rationale including fit with 2020-2021 annual theme of Collectives

(500 words—FIRM limit on length)

4.     Upload a proposed budget outline showing all known sources of support 

To clarify some of the preferences of the Program the following guidelines will normally apply:

1.     Funding will be awarded from $1,000-$3,000 (small), $3,000-$5,000 (medium) or up to $10,000 (large). Projects with a total budget (including all sources) over $30,000 will not be supported.

2.     Interdisciplinary activities that reach across units, and across campuses are given priority.

3.     Subventions for academic publishing will not be considered at this time; exhibition catalogues that are part of a larger academic event are the only publication that will be considered for funding.

4.     Significant costs (over $3,000) for performers will not be funded.

 

5.     Events of an annual or continual nature that have previously been funded through the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are normally eligible for one repeat year of funding; this need not be sequential.

6.     The JHI provides basic publicity package (in-house colour flyer on request, website event posting, JHI social media and newsletter, email announcement to departments and relevant EDU’s), and will make available the first-floor multipurpose room (seats 100) and tenth-floor meeting room (seats 25; weekdays 9-4 only) to all funded events.

7.     Costs for publicity and space rental will not normally be accepted as fundable budget items. A/V recordings of events funded by the Program for the Arts should be included as a regularly budgeted item in the budget proposal with an explanation of the research or pedagogical need for the recording included in the Description and Rationale document. The responsibility for arranging recordings will lie with the event organizer.

8.     Due to COVID-19 precautions, for 2020-2021, proposals that include either a contingency plan for remote access, or are designed to run via remote access, will be given priority. 

Questions?

For clarifications about this program, please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at

jhi.director@utoronto.ca

For website assistance, please contact JHI Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca

 

Applications due: Wednesday 15 April 2020 at midnight

Mary Seeman Award for Achievement in the Area of Psychiatry and the Humanities 

Deadline for submission: Wednesday April 15th

This award is intended to encourage creative and scholarly activity in the area of Psychiatry and the Humanities. The award is open to medical students, residents, fellows, and graduates of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto within three years after completion of their training, as well as staff who have graduated from other clinical programs and are within two years of completing their training. Criteria for the award include documented evidence of completed work or work in progress of artistic and/or scholarly merit which makes a contribution towards enhancing the appreciation of the human condition. Submissions will be judged on the basis or originality, creativity and relevance to psychiatry.

Please note only one submission per applicant will be accepted. The following guidelines are suggested to assist applicants:

  1. Contributions to scholarship in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, a critical review of the literature, an essay on a topic bridging the Humanities and Psychiatry or material relating to the History of Psychiatry.
  2. Evidence of creative activity in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, art or literature.
  3. A demonstration of the capacity to integrate interest in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, through the development of a program or a paper.

If applicants are uncertain about the suitability of a submission, they are encouraged to contact any of the committee members. Submissions will be judged by the committee, with outside consultation where appropriate.

The award consists of a certificate and a cheque for $500.00. Committee members include:

Dr. Ron Ruskin (Chair) Mount Sinai Hospital 416‐928‐0675
Dr. Rex Kay Mount Sinai Hospital 416‐966‐5285
Dr. Mary Seeman Centre for Addiction & Mental Health 416‐535‐8501 X4671
Dr. Paul Westlind Mount Sinai Hospital 416‐586‐4800 x8540

 

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Ron Ruskin
Department of Psychiatry
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue, Toronto, M5G 1X5
(ronaldruskinmd@aol.com)

 

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH – Poetry and Medicine Events 🗓

1) FUNDRAISER April 5, 2020

Poetry and Healing: A Benefit for Sick Kids Hospital at Supermarket in Kensington Market 

Sick Kids Hospital and The League of Canadian Poets announces the inaugural fundraiser for Sick Kids hospital, ‘Poetry & Healing’.

Join us for an afternoon of poetry for a great cause.

12 poets share their poetry, and within it, the healing journey of writing, or reading, or sharing, poetry. This day explores the indigenous concept of “medicine,” the healing power of words, and the transformative and inspiring power of poetry.

The League of Canadian Poets presents:
Al Moritz, (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor McDonnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina

April 5, 2020
Supermarket
268 Augusta Avenue

1pm-4pm

2) WORKSHOP with Ronna Bloom – April 15, 2020 (See Ronna’s bio below)

Postcards from the Edge: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Note Form
* Registration is now FULL – see below for another workshop

Perhaps you are too overwhelmed to read this? Let’s be brief: this workshop will address impacts, physical or emotional, personal or professional, of caring for human suffering. In notes. A creative writing workshop. With other hesitant people. Using poems as guides. Have a rest; write something. No experience necessary.

Time and place:
April 15, 2020 6PM-8PM
Mount Sinai Hospital,
600 University Avenue
Open to all U of T Medical Students, Residents, and Learners from other disciplines. To register contact ronna.bloom@utoronto.ca

3) POETRY PANEL AND READING – April 23rd – ALL ARE WELCOME 

How a Poem Moves with Illness and Disability: a Reading and Discussion with Moira MacDougall, Roxanna Bennett, and Adam Sol

Thursday April 23, 2020

18th Floor, Mount Sinai Auditorium
600 University Ave., Toronto
Hosted by Allan Peterkin
Curated by Shane Neilson MD,PHD

6:30-8pm

Moira, Roxanna, and Adam read from their new books as they pertains to illness and disability. Throughout the reading, Adam will move the audience through an open, non-specialized, organic method to draw connections between poems and create discussion.

Learning objectives:

— to recognize that the non-linear experience of poetry has fidelity with the chaos of the illness experience
— to encounter and practice a means of “understanding” poetry that deliberately avoids reading poem as riddle or puzzle to solve, but rather as a place to start making connections
— to understand the contribution that disabled experience can make in the discipline of medicine

Ronna Bloom (workshop leader for event 2)

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) long-listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. She is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. Her “Spontaneous Poetry Booth” and “RX for Poetry” have been featured in hospitals, conferences and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.

ronnabloom.com

Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant – Call for Proposals February 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Post MD Education continues to offer the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant in the amount of $5,000 per project proposal, distributed on a semi-annual basis. The first (inaugural) call went out in January 2017 and grants were awarded in June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018, June 2019 and December 2019.

I am writing to announce the call for the spring 2020 submissions. The submission deadline is March 27, 2020 with grants awarded to the successful applicants in June.

The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles. Projects and proposals may reflect a variety of curricular designs which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies.

Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division, i.e., if the project budget is $4,500 – a letter from the department chair committing to $2,250 is required. Funding will be provided for a one year period, and applicants must agree to submit a project report at end of the period.

Post MD Education will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Faculty of Medicine. Business Managers will provide Financial Information Services (FIS) account numbers to facilitate this transfer within 4 weeks of application approval or the funding offer will be withdrawn. The Academic Department will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the successful applicant.

Attached is further background on the purpose of the grant as well as a template for the application. Please distribute widely. [Download Attachment]

We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by March 27, 2020.

Please submit your package by email to Arlene McKinley at arlene.mckinley@utoronto.ca

Sincerely,

SALVATORE M. SPADAFORA MD, FRCPC, MHPE
Acting Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice Dean, Post MD Education (PGME & CPD)
University of Toronto

Palette Magazine – Issue 2 Launch

A Magazine By and For Med Students

We are so excited to announce that we are less than one week away from the launch of Palette Magazine’s second issue! Copies will be available from 12 to 2pm in the MSB Atrium and the HSC lounge this Friday, January 31st.

Come meet the team, grab a printed copy of our newest issue, and enjoy some light refreshments.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

AGO Visual Literacy Training for Medical Faculty and Alumni

Art is Patient

For U of T Medical Faculty and Alumni

This 3-part seminar guides Health Professionals and Educators in

  • close observation of art
  • group reflection and
  • art-making within the Art Gallery of Ontario, to let art tell us what we need to know about seeing, witnessing and engaging in the context of care. The gallery allows objects and images to clarify the clinician-patient relationship in ways the clinic can’t, giving us space to question and understand our roles with one another without the usual pressures to know or perform or explain.

Goals

  • Foster cognitive skills such as description and interpretation (and better understand the distinction between the two), critical thinking and metacognition
  • Sharpen technical abilities such as close observation, diagnostic acumen, pattern recognition and the perception of non-verbal cues
  • Deepen interpersonal skills with both patients and colleagues, such as collaboration, social awareness and cultural sensitivity
  • Nurture humanistic qualities such as tolerance of ambiguity, creativity and self-reflection
  • Understand the role of embodied witnessing in the practice of health care

 

Seminar leader

Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA, Adjunct Professor U of T Dept of Psychiatry, is an art therapist, psychotherapist and award-winning medical educator. She co-founded WRAP (within the Trauma Therapy Program) at Women’s College Hospital in 1998. Her chapter, co-authored with Shelley Wall, “The Visible Curriculum” in Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education (Oxford U Press, 2018) expands on how looking at and making art can vitalize learning in medicine. She offers art-based learning and exploration initiatives in hospitals, museums, community studios and within her private practice, artandmind.

Time and place

Wednesdays February 19, 26 and March 4, 2020
6:30pm-8:30pm

Art Gallery of Ontario

Enrolment:

Open to all U of T Faculty and Alumni of all disciplines on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost for participation but enrolment is required and ATTENDANCE IS EXPECTED AT ALL THREE seminar/workshops. No art experience is necessary. Entrance to the Gallery and art supplies provided.

For more information and to register, please contact: emstern@artandmind.net

Synesthesia Art Exhibit – call for submissions

Synesthesia, the annual art show held at the University of Toronto Medical School Building is now accepting submissions!

Faculty, alumni and students from ALL healthcare disciplines are invited to contribute work . The date in April for the exhibit and related workshops will be announced shortly.  Deadline for submissions is March 17, 2020.

Here is the link to the Submissions Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexe9pW0nnzVz07nloxSNadRivyHicdyfKPARa9D4wClNUs8g/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3PA7h3qz2IydpXtLJiL2RdNFTXulKvDXm8oZ3Z8sny7s8Lr_FoElL5hW0<

Here is the link to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2677119279062673/

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY

Sponsored by the ARTBEAT humanities blog
https://utmedhumanities.wordpress.com/ and WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM

CFP-CREATING SPACE X -Vancouver 🗓

EVENT POSTPONED – Stay tuned for details

What’s in a Word: Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Humanism in Contemporary Healthcare and Health Professions Education

Creating Space 10

17-18 April 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia

Creating Space was launched in 2010 with a desire to “take the pulse of our shared work from multiple disciplines…as they intersect with health-care experiences in various settings”. In the years that have followed, the conference has annually brought together artists, writers, scholars, clinicians, activists, students and many others to consider the intersections of arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) disciplines with medical sciences and health professions education. Ten years on, it is clear that that pulse is stronger than ever. From coast to coast to coast, ideas are circulating, dialogues are unfolding, and innovation and scholarship are changing health professions education. As perhaps the latest sign that the health humanities have arrived in force, the 2020 Canadian Conference on Medical Education’s (CCME) theme is “weaving humanism into medical education”. The timing could not be better; educating for humanism in the contemporary world offers a powerful reminder that the lives of others are inextricably bound up in our own.

Putting the concept of humanism into productive practice, however, requires better exploration about how the term is used, what these meanings afford, and even what these definitions may (unintentionally) impair. For example, might humanism be

* a “humane-ism”, a way by which we can educate for empathy towards patients and their illness experiences in the multiple landscapes of healthcare?

* a Renaissance value that needs to inform education and practice in order to confront the rise of antihumanistic practices in both early 21st century healthcare and the world writ large (Thibault 2019)?

* a critical approach that suggests that a medical education centred on biomedicine requires disruption in ways that allow for “making strange” the worlds of health and illness that we come to take for granted (Kumagai 2017)?

* a key to unlock deeper critique of persistent powerful discourses operant in health professions education that privilege certain voices and ways of being over others?

* an approach that is hard to reconcile with contemporary technologies that blur the lines between humans and the material world?

* a Eurocentric concept that may unknowingly reinforce the privileged position of that approach to knowledge and practice in contemporary health professions education?

These examples are not exhaustive. Rather, they are intended to open up conversation and dialogue around humanism in 2020, thicken the description of a potentially transformative concept, better understand its utility and its limitations, and look for ways by which we may better incorporate it into the clinical and educational practices of health care and health professions education.

To this end, Creating Space 10 is seeking submissions that strive to further dialogue in the following areas:

  1. The use of the health humanities to further current health professions education practices on humanism
  1. The use of the health humanities to critique current health professions education practices on humanism
  1. The overlaps and divergences of humanism as a concept in health professions education and practice
  1. Critique of mainstream conceptions of humanism in health professions education

As in the past, the Creating Space conference remains open to exciting off-topic work that does not strictly adhere to the above theme. As such, we also invite submissions in an open format. Further, students – both clinical and non-clinical – and residents are highly encouraged to submit their work.

Target Audience

CS10 seeks students, residents, scholars, educationalists, artists and practitioners whose work involves the intersection of the arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) disciplines and health professions.

Learning Objectives

  1. To deepen understanding of what humanism means – and what is to accomplish – in contemporary healthcare and health professions education
  1. To explore the overlaps and divergences of humanism as it applies to health professions education and practice
  1. To broaden understandings of critique and criticism towards mainstream conceptions of humanism
  1. To offer perspectives on the use of the health humanities as a tool and practice to interrogate current health professions education
  2. To continue to build an inclusive and pluralistic national and international movement that works towards education and practice centrally informed by health humanities

Types of Proposals

Recognizing the emerging role of AHSS approaches and interdisciplinary scholarship, Creating Space 10 offers participants myriad options to present and display their scholarship and educational contributions, experiences and thoughts.

Abstracts may be presented in the following forms:

Research presentation: 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)

Novel humanities educational experiences:  20 minutes (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)

Panel presentation: 45 minutes (30 minutes plus 15 minutes for questions)

Workshop: 90 minutes (maximum of 25% didactic teaching)

Pecha Kucha: 20 slides with 20 seconds each slide

Performance: 30 minutes

Poster/display presentations

Proposal Guidelines

Please use the (link to abstract submission form) to submit your abstract. Abstracts are to be no longer than 300 words (not including works cited).

Deadline for submission

Proposals are due no later than 23h59 (PST) January 15th, 2020.

To Submit a Proposal

All proposals must be submitted to the following address:

cs10vancouver@gmail.com

Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by e-mail in mid-February 2020.

Palette Magazine : Call for Submissions for UofT Med Student Magazine

Palette Magazine, your local source for arts and culture from our U of T Med community, is back and better than ever!
This year, there are even more opportunities to share your creative talents, as we are expanding to release not one but two issues! We are happy to announce that submissions are now open for our first issue, which will be printed and released in January 2020.
We’re looking to include all kinds of self-expression in our next issue, including visual arts, creative writing, performance arts, lifestyle design, and almost anything else you can think of!
If you are interested in having your creative work included in our next issue, send your submissions to palette.utoronto@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is November 13th, 2019 @11:59 pm. See below for our submission guidelines and Issue 1!

Ars Medica New Issue Published

Dear Readers:

Ars Medica has just published its latest issue at
https://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our website to review articles and items of interest.

Thank you for the continuing interest in Ars Medica’s work.

Ars Medica
Vol 14, No 2 (2019)
Table of Contents
https://ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal/issue/view/33

Guest Editorial
——–
Being Seen, Being Heard: Health, Arts, and the Unspeakable in Lived
Experience
        Suze Berkhout,  Eva-Marie Stern

Feature Pieces
——–
Prose in Views
        Moncef Mounir
Prose Chaos to Oneness
        Sara Traore
(Unnamed)
        katelynn valenzuela

Prose
——–
Have You Heard of MS?
        Krystin Kantenwein
Making Plans
        Gabriella Savarese

Poetry
——–
Like the Ancient Magicians
        Kay Cosgrove
for Galen
        Adriano Mollica
My Cross-Legged Monk
        Jane Schapiro
Parkinson’s/What I Miss Most About Dying/These Final Things
        Brian Volck
Come Down / When I Wake Up
        Amy Conwell
Doesn’t Work Like It Used to
        Casey Aimer
Blacksnake
        Sophia Wilson

________________________________________________________________________
Ars Medica :: http://www.ars-medica.ca

Journal Contact Information

Marilyn Bittman
Managing Editor, Ars Medica
c/o Simon Fraser University, CCSP Press Journals
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5K3
778-782-5198

To subscribe/unsubscribe to email notifications:
http://www.ars-medica.ca/index.php/journal/pages/view/notifications

Meet Our Artists-in-Residence

Ronna Bloom: Poet-In-Residence

Ronna Bloom

Ronna Bloom is a teacher, writing coach and the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and longlisted for the 2018 City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese and have been used in the work of architects, filmmakers, doctors, academics, and spiritual leaders.

Ronna has been the Poet in Community to the University of Toronto since 2008 and is currently also the Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Program at U of T. In the programmes, she offers students and health care professionals opportunities to articulate their experiences through poetry and reflective writing.  Ronna brings 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist to her work as a teacher and facilitator. Her Spontaneous Poetry Booths and RX for Poetry have appeared in hospital waiting rooms, bookstores, fundraisers and arts events in Canada and abroad.

www.ronnabloom.com


Suvendrini Lena: Playwright-in-Residence

Suvendrini_LenaSuvendrini Lena is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at U of T, staff neurologist at CAMH and WCH and a playwright. Her play The Enchanted Loom was produced by Cahoots Theatre and Factory Theatre 2016 season. The Enchanted Loom, a play about epilepsy, memory and a Sri Lankan family living in Toronto, has been translated into Tamil by Dushy Gnanapragasam. The play and translation will be published by Playwright’s Press, Toronto, in 2020. Her second theatrical work, an interactive installation inspired by the psychiatric writing of Frantz Fanon,  Here Are the Fragmented was co-created with Leah Cherniak and Trevor Schwellnus and premiered for a sold out run at The Theatre Centre in 2019. Rubble, a new play based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, is slated for production at Theatre Passe Muraille in partnership with Pandemic and Aluna in 2021.

Suvendrini has been a resident artist at Cahoots Theatre 2015-2017, and at The Theatre Centre 2015-2019.

As a teacher, Suvendrini uses theatrical methods to open space for reflection and creativity within medical practice. Inspired by Fanon, she is developing a new interest in methods of decolonizing medicine.

As a clinician she is particularly interested in conditions that alter the fabric of consciousness such as migraine, epilepsy, psychosis, pain and dementia.


Damian Tarnopolsky: Writer-In-Residence

Tarnopolsky-author

Damian Tarnopolsky is the author of two books: the novel Goya’s Dog, a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the short fiction collection Lanzmann and Other Stories, which was nominated for the ReLit Award. His short stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize and the CBC Literary Award, and his play The Defence won the 2019 Voaden Prize.

For the Health, Arts and Humanities Program, Damian teaches courses in Narrative Medicine at the Centre for Faculty Development at St. Michael’s Hospital, and leads A Rooster for Asclepius: The Toronto Health Humanities Writing Group. He previously ran writing and reflection workshops for medical students and residents as the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College.

Damian earned his Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Toronto, and has taught at the School of Continuing Studies, where he was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching award, and Humber College. A frequent contributor of essays and reviews to Canadian publications, he also owns and operates Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto.

www.damiantarnopolsky.com


Shelley Wall: Illustrator-In-Residence

Shelley Wall -Illustrator In Residence

Shelley Wall is an associate professor in the Biomedical Communications graduate program at the University of Toronto. As an educator and certified medical illustrator, she believes in visual art as a powerful means of reflection and communication in healthcare. Her primary area of research and creation is Graphic Medicine — that is, comics as a medium for narratives of health and illness.

In addition to creating her own comics and collaborating with others to tell their stories visually, she teaches a graduate course on Graphic Medicine within the Institute of Medical Science, and offers seminars in graphic medicine and illustration as a means of reflection for medical students, interprofessional education classes, and medical practitioners.

bmc.med.utoronto.ca/bmc/