Medmic: Poetry

A Sonnet for Autoinflammatory Arthritis

The winner of the 2022 Cider Press Review Book Award for Inheritance with a High Error Rate (January 2024), Jen Karetnick is the author of 10 additional poetry collections. She lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis and other co-morbidities in Miami, where she is the co-founder and managing editor of SWWIM Every Day. See

Two Poems by F.M. Lupinetti

Flavian Mark Lupinetti, a poet, fiction writer, and cardiac surgeon, received his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, december, Redivider, Sheila-Na-Gig, and ZYZZYVA. Mark lives in New Mexico.


Annette Sisson’s poems are published in Valparaiso PR, Birmingham PR, Rust+Moth, Lascaux Review, Cider PR, Glassworks, Aeolian Harp Anthology, and others. Her first book Small Fish in High Branches was published by Glass Lyre (5/22), and she is finishing her second, Winter Sharp with Apples. Her poems have placed in Frontier New Voices, The Fish Anthology, and others; in 2023, two have been nominated for The Pushcart and one for Best of the Net.

February 14

Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. Her poetry has been translated into several languages including Spanish, Arabic, Italian, and Hungarian. Collections have been published in China, Spain, Mexico, Lebanon, and the UK. Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors.

Sick Day

Donna Harlan resides in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Her poetry collection Bench by the Pond was published in 2019, and her works have been featured in several publications.

Ohio Night

Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. Her passions are her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms.

Artwork by Autumn Foote.

Interview with poet Kelly R. Samuels by Jane Newkirk

Kelly R. Samuels is the author of the full-length collection All the Time in the World (Kelsay Books) and two chapbooks: Words Some of Us Rarely Use and Zeena/Zenobia Speaks. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee with work appearing in The Massachusetts Review, Court Green and RHINO. She lives in the Upper Midwest.

Jane Newkirk serves as the poetry editor at Medmic. Her poems have appeared in Empty House Press, The Shore, Naugatuck River Review, The Night Heron Barks, Intima, and others. In 2019, her creative nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is an occupational therapist in Jackson, Mississippi.

Three Poems by Dick Westheimer

Dick Westheimer lives in rural southwest Ohio. He is winner of the
2023 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, a Rattle Poetry Prize finalist, and a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or upcoming in Whale Road Review, Rattle, OneArt, Abandon Journal, Stone Poetry Quarterly, and Minyan. His chapbook, A Sword in Both Hands, Poems Responding to Russia’s War on Ukraine, is published by SheilaNaGig. More at

Two Poems by Peggy Shumaker

Peggy Shumaker’s upcoming book is called still water carving light (Red Hen Press). Her lyrical memoir Just Breathe Normally chronicles her recovery after a life-changing wreck. She is deeply grateful to the doctors, nurses, techs, and staff whose care allowed her to heal and thrive.