New England Poetry Club

Owen Lewis Wins 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

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May 2016

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The judges have announced winning and commended poems in the Open International and NHS categories of the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine at an awards ceremony in London on Friday 15th April. Congratulations to Owen Lewis, NEPC member and a clinical psychiatry professor at Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Einstein Medical College.

About what inspired his winning poem At Tribeca’s Edge, he said: “My students at Columbia, College of Physicians and Surgeons, were the inspiration for this poem.

“I sometimes teach a section of Foundations of Clinical Medicine, a course that extends over their first three semesters. Coming to the end of our time together, I felt overwhelmed considering all they had yet to learn, hoping they would hold onto their optimism and idealism, and humbled by what I had contributed. The poem is dedicated to them.”

Owen Lewis also placed second in the 2016 Kent and Sussex Open Poetry Competition (UK).