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Creative Works about Health

  • Bellevue Literary Review publishes works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that touch upon relationships to the human body, illness, health and healing.
  • The Healing Muse is the annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University's Center for Bioethics & Humanities. It accepts fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.
  • Pulse publishes high-quality stories and poetry by patients, caregivers, doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, students and anyone else who wants to share his or her experiences of giving or receiving health care.
  • Hospital Drive encourages original creative work that examines themes of health, illness, and healing.
  • The National Association for Poetry Therapy is a community of healers who work in settings where people deal with pain. It uses all forms of literature and language arts to enhance the lives of others and ourselves.
  • Healing Story Alliance explores and promotes the use of storytelling in healing in service professions; therapists, clergy, health care practitioners of all kinds, anyone who can see the benefit of story as a tool for healing.
  • Ragged Edge Online launched in January 1997, has a tremendous amount of resources you can browse from links in the left column. It also has a huge archive from its beginning.
  • beauty is a verb is an anthology that provides an understanding of the history and vitality of the poetry and poetics of the non-normative body. Three sections: "Foremothers and Forefathers," "The Disability Poetics Movement," and "A Language of New Embodiment" gather poems and statements on poetics together in a meaningful whole.
  • Dispoet is a discussion for and about poets with disabilities, sites for submitting work, contests. interest in personal accomplishments of poets with disabilities. It also has comments about disability studies and poetry in general
  • Breath & Shadow is an online literary journal that focuses on disability. It is written and edited entirely by people with disabilities.
  • Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View is a blog written by Esther Altshul Helfgott associated with SeattlePi.
  • Accessible Technology Coalition is a resource on assistive technology. It's aim is to makes access easy and available to everyone. Although not a creative work, it is too important to miss.

Resources for Writing

Books about Writing Poetry and Healing

Poetry Sites

There are a tremendous number of poetry magazines, journals and reviews. Some publish online, other not. Some accept online submissions, others not. Below are a few sites.

  • is the website of the Academy of American Poets. It has thousands of poems as well as hundreds of poet biographies, essays, interviews, and poetry recordings.
  • Mudlark is an electronic journal of poetry & poetics.
  • The Transcendental Friend is a monthly journal of poetry & politics, art & criticism.
  • Wordgathering invites submission of poetry, short fiction, and essays that discuss poetry from a disability perspective or that contribute to the theoretical development of the field of disability literature.
  • SAMIZDAT has online poems and poem reviews.
  • Failbetter publishes fiction, poetry and visuals online.
  • The Cortland Review is an online literary magazine in streaming audio.
  • The Apple Valley Review is a journal of contemporary literature.
  • Silent Things a mish-mash of words and photographs documenting writers and artists who may or may not normally seek out publication.
  • The Poetry Archives has 3740 copyright-free, classical poems by 144 authors such as Emily Dickenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Listing Sites

For a more complete list of magazines and reviews try the following:

  • Raving Dove: literary links
  • DMOZ: the open directory project, Arts:Literature:Poetry section.
  • NewPages: news, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.
  • Duotrope: an award-winning, free writers' resource listing over 3,575 current Fiction and Poetry publications
  • Suggestions of more resources welcome.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
                                – Novalis
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