The 2008 winners of the William Carlos Williams national poetry contest for medical school students will read their poetry at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Named for the physician-poet William Carlos Williams, the poetry contest has been held annually for nearly 30 years. The winners are all medical school students who make time for writing. The faculty mentor with the winners of the poetry contest will be Dr. Dagan Coppock.
Dagan Coppock M.D., served as a Fulbright scholar in Ife, Nigeria, where, he studied the divination poetry of Yoruba traditional healers. He received his M.D. from Yale University, School of Medicine. While at Yale, he served as lead poetry editor of Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine. As an intern, he co-edited Body Language: Poems of the Medical Training Experience (2006). Last summer, Dagan was one of the presenters at the annual summer symposium at Hiram presented by the Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities. He is presently a resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The poetry reading is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.