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Tell Me Again Reading Set for May 18

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“Expressive writing promotes both spiritual and physical healing,” according to Dr. David Watts, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and his wife Dr. Joan Baranow, Associate Professor of English at Dominican University. As many recent studies suggest, reading and listening to such writing has a similar healing power.

This was the impetus for the weeklong “Healing Art of Writing” Conference that took place at Dominican University in July 2012. Tell Me Again, published by UC Medical Humanities Press in February 2014, was the result.

The conference aimed to help bridge the gap between healthcare providers and patients through compassionate discourse. Health professionals, students and patients participated in this weeklong retreat to each produce and share dozens of pages of writing about healthcare and healing. The resulting anthology is a powerful volume that sheds light on the darkest hours of grief and the strength with which we overcome that darkness. A review of Tell Me Again was featured in the February 27 issue of Synapse.

To celebrate its recent publication, a reading will be held at Diesel Books in Larkspur on May 18 at 3 p.m. Bay Area contributors, including conference organizer Dr. Watts, will read selections from their poetry and prose. Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase on site.

Diesel Books
Marin Country Mart
2419 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA 94939

About the Author

Jenny Qi is a fourth-year Biomedical Sciences (BMS) PhD student, Public Affairs Officer for the GSA, and wannabe writer. Her essays and poems have been published in Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and various lit mags. After quals, she replaced the desk in her room with an MMA bag.