Health Humanities event: the poetry of psychosis 🗓

Join the League of Canadian Poets and the Canadian Association for Health Humanities for the latest session in the Cross Pollinations Virtual Rounds Series!

When: Wednesday, October 27, 6pmEST/3pmPST

Topic: The Poetics of Psychosis

Speakers: Bahar Orang (physician and poet) and Khashayar Mohammadi (poet)


The Poetics of Psychosis: Join us with poet Khashayar Mohammadi, drawing on his experiences with psychosis, and poet-physician Bahar Orang, drawing on her psychiatry training, for an integrated discussion on poetry and medicine as they relate to medical cultures and discourses of psychosis.

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto. Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty is her first book.

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. He is the author of four poetry Chapbooks. His debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is out with Gordon Hill Press.

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12  Mainpro+® credits.

Scars, X-Rays, Tattoos, and Other Stories of The Body 🗓

A Workshop for Medical Students, Residents and Health Professionals 

When you look at a body, you see a history. 

Once the body isn’t seen anymore, 

the story it tried to tell gets lost.   

Louise Gluck

This workshop explores how our bodies tell stories and how we respond to them in ourselves and with each other. Using poems as prompts, we’ll write, aiming to explore and express some of what our bodies are saying, getting to hear and voice these implicit, ongoing conversations. In reflecting on our own embodied expressions, we’ll begin to reflect on the stories patients might be telling or not with theirs. The event is synced to Halloween, a public reminder of how we inhabit our bodies, consciously and unconsciously, by choice or by chance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To get curious about the stories a body is telling
  2. To use poetry as a way to reflect on and deepen your health care practice
  3. To process experiences as a practitioner or student in health care
  4. To learn five rules for writing which can offer a method of self-care and reflection

Time and place:

Thursday October 28, 2021
On Zoom.

Register here.

Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and 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 has collaborated with health care professionals, filmmakers, academics, students, spiritual leaders, and architects. A frequent guest in the faculties of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, as well at teaching hospitals, she brings 25 years of psychotherapy practice to her work as a poet and facilitator.

Ronna developed the first Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health which ran from 2012-2019. 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 and fundraisers in Canada and abroad. A chapbook of Ronna’s new poems, Who is your mercy contact? will be published by Espresso-Chapbooks in January 2022.

Ronna Bloom, M.ED
Poet in Residence, HAH, University of Toronto
Poet in Community, University of Toronto

Poetry Month/University of Toronto Health Humanities Event – April 20 🗓

Topic: How Poems Move in the Hospital

Time: Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Download flyer: Zoom invite #2
Adam Sol has published one collection of essays, How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry and four books of poetry, with a fifth on the way from ECW Press in the Fall of 2022. He is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression & Society Program at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.



Dominik Parisien’s debut poetry collection Side Effects May Include Strangers was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in fall 2020 and his work has recently appeared in Maisonneuve, PRISM International, The Literary Review of Canada, This Magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and elsewhere. He also co-edited several anthologies, including the Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

With deep artistic roots in dance, it is poetry that has wed Moira MacDougall’s love of movement and rhythm with voice and linguistic performance.  A 10 year family sojourn through the ‘Land of Malady/County of Cancer’ informs her second collection of poems, Vanishing Acts (Pedlar Press, 2019).  Published in Canadian and US literary journals, she is the Poetry Editor for the Literary Review of Canada.
Event curated by: SHANE NEILSON MD
Poet, physician, critic
Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University
and member of TEAM NARRATIVE (University of Toronto)
Sponsored by WWW.HEALTH-HUMANITIES.COM (University of Toronto)