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Cross-Pollinations: Canadian Health Humanities Virtual Rounds Series

October 25, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Wednesday, October 25, 2023 Cross-Pollinations event will feature poet Therese Estacion and medical history scholar Shaelyn Ryan. This session will explore the theme of amputation in particular, and disability more generally. Therese Estacion will be reading from her 2021 poetry collection Phantompains which creatively and viscerally explores her experience losing both legs below the knee, several fingers, and reproductive organs after a rare infection. Meanwhile, Shaelyn Ryan will be presenting on her MA thesis work on Canadian disability history and archives, especially pertaining to amputation.


Supported by the Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the Health Arts Research Centre, this Cross-Pollinations virtual rounds feature artists and Health Humanities professionals for multi-faceted conversations about healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

In this ground-breaking series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The presentations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

Cross-Pollinations occurs monthly on the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm EST/3pm PST. Events run for one hour, and include a discussion period for audience engagement.

Visit poets.ca/cross-pollinations to view a schedule of upcoming presenters, or to view recordings of past sessions.


October 25, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm