Medmic: by healthcare workers


Elena Bryce MD is an OBGYN in Rockville, Maryland. She is also the mom of two high needs kids, one of whom has a rare genetic disorder.

Miscarriage at 12 Weeks

Christopher Dasaro is a third-year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He holds a BS in Neuroscience from Muhlenberg College. This poem first appeared in Intima.


David E. Navarro is a senior medical writer and editor with a global clinical research company. He holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with Purdue University and also has degrees in Communications and Theology. He is an author, poet, essayist, and haikuist whose work has appeared in multiple journals, reviews, and anthologies. His most recent full poetry book is A Tree Frog’s Eyes (San Francisco: Blurb & NW Press, 2020).


Jane is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi, and the poetry editor at Medmic.

This poem originally appeared in Empty House Press.

Two Mothers

Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. She has worked in cardiac critical care, neurointensive care, hemeoncology, school nursing, and currently, in research. Her passion is her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms. Brave Hearts was written during the pandemic and was previously published by Passagers Books.

The Hand in Repose

Amy Haddad, PhD, MSN, MFA, FAAN has educated nurses and pharmacists at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska since 1988 where she also held the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences. In addition, Amy served as Director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University from 2005 – 2018 and now holds the rank of Professor Emerita.

Yellow Paint

Zainab Jamshaid is a 1st year medical student at KEMU, Pakistan. She is 19 years old and a photographer, poet and essayist. A bibliophile, she describes herself as “an artist who paints with words.”

Poetry Interview by Jane Newkirk: Featuring Poet Cate Lycurgus

Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has also received scholarships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and 2nd place in Narrative’s Annual Poetry Contest for 2022. Cate lives in San Jose, California, where she interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing.

Ms. Newkirk has worked as a cook, bread baker, stained glass artist, and art gallery owner. Her poems have appeared in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The Night Heron Barks, The Shore, and are forthcoming in Empty House Press and Naugatuck River Review. Her creative nonfiction was a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.