Poetry and healing: the 2017 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize

Poets from England, Singapore and the USA were finalists for the Prize for Young Poets aged 14 – 18 in this year’s international Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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Young Poet winner Erin O’Malley

The winner of the £500 Young Poet Award –  announced at a ceremony at Harvard in Boston at the weekend – was Erin O’Malley, from Pennsylvania, USA.

Runners-up in the Young Poet Award were from the UK Roberta Maia Sher, London and Izzy Wythe, Oundle; from the USA, Rachel Litchman, Michigan and Joyce Zhou, Illinois;  and from Singapore Vernon Yian.

The Young Poet award is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, which has a particularly interest in promoting heart health among the young throughout the world..

About her winning poem, Erin said: “Alzheimer’s Disease, A Proof By Exhaustion explores the way illness can destroy things that exist outside the body. At first, my grandfather’s symptoms of forgetfulness didn’t seem to have the immediacy of other bodily ailments; we often don’t think of memory as an important aspect of our identity.”

She added: “But when my grandfather lost the ability to recognize certain people in my family, it created a kind of distance between who he used to be and who is now, and I wanted to write something about that distance.”

Erin O’Malley is  studying in Germany as a Speedwell Scholar. She is the co-founder of Sooth Swarm Journal and her work been recognized by Hollins University, Columbia College Chicago, the National Young Arts Foundation, the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Young Poets judge, New Yorker Maya Catherine Popa, said: “It is wonderful that a prize with this kind of international visibility aims to encourage young writers from around the globe. As a teacher of this age group, I am often amazed at the creativity, insight, and skill of young writers. I wish more prizes aimed to showcase and support these voices.”

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For more on the shortlisted poets and the 2017 Hippocrates Awards,contact +44 7494 450 805 or email hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

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More on support for the 2017 Hippocrates Awards for Poetry and Medicine
The 2017P1050021Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation

Judge Maya Popa at Harvard Awards with Donald Singer, Cardiovascular Research Trust chair

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

2017 Hippocrates Young Poets judge

Maya Catherine Popa is a writer and teacher in NYC. A 2015 Ruth Lilly finalist, she is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation Editor’s Prize for review. Her poetry appears in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. Her criticism and non-fiction appear widely, including in Poetry, Poets & Writers Magazine, PN Review, and The Huffington Post. Her chapbook, “The Bees Have Been Canceled,” is forthcoming from DIAGRAM New Michigan Press in the U.S., and Southword Editions in Ireland, in winter 2017.

Her awards include the Hippocrates Poetry Prize, 2nd place in the Magma Poetry Prize, 3rd Place in the Narrative N30B Prize, the Gregory O’Donoghue Competition, Parallel Universe Competition, and the Oxford Poetry Society Martin Starkie Prize. She holds an MFA from NYU and an Mst in Writing from Oxford University, where she was a Clarendon Scholar. She teaches at the Nightingale-Bamford school in New York City.

CVRT supporting the 2016 Hippocrates international Young Poets Award for Poetry and Medicine

The annual Hippocrates international Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is a £500 award for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme.

It is open to anyone in the world aged 14 – 18.

The healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust (CVRT) is delighted to be supporting this prestigious international award for young poets. The CVRT has as a major aim: reducing preventable heart disease by educating young people about healthy lifestyle.

Poet Siân Hughes will select the winner, and awards will be presented on Friday 15th April 2016 at a ceremony in London. Winning and commended poems in the Young Poets Prize are published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

Since it was founded in 2012 by clinical professor Donald Singer and poet Michael Hulse, there has been interest in the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize from 15 countries, with winners and commended poets from the UK, USA and Canada.

If you wish to take part or to let young poet friends know about the award, entries close at 12 midnight GMT on 29th February, 2016.

Visit here to find out how to enter for the 2016 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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Previous Hippocrates Young Poet winners: Rosalind Jana (2013), Conor McKee (2014, Paris Thepmankorn (2015)

The winner in 2013 of the inaugural Hippocrates Young Poets Prize was Rosalind Jana from Hereford Sixth Form College in England, for her poem Posterior Instrumented Fusion for Adolescent Scoliosis.

The winner in the 2014 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize was Conor McKee from Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge for his poem I Will Not Cut for Stone.

The winner in the 2015 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize was Parisa Thepmankorn from Rockaway, New Jersey, USA for her poem Intraocular Pressure.

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust and run by the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine, which received the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts for its work on the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

For further information about the Hippocrates international Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine and the Cardiovascular Research Trust, email Professor Singer at hearthealthycharity@gmail.com or on +44 7447 441 666.