William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition Announces Winners of NEOMED’s Annual Contest

NEOMED is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2021-2022 William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, celebrating its 40th year.

First place has been awarded to Thomas Nguyen, a third-year medical student at Texas A&M University College of Medicine (above left), who holds an M.S. in narrative medicine from Columbia University. His poem “Here, the light is always fading” is a reflection on the final days of his grandmother's life.

Amelia Khoo, also a third-year medical student at Texas A&M University College of Medicine (above, center), has been awarded second place for her poem “bright.”

“CNA Clinical Day #3” by Anneka Johnston, a third-year student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was awarded third place.

Five honorable mentions were also awarded this year.

The competition, which receives hundreds of submissions from medical students across the United States and Canada each year, is judged by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.

“It was a really difficult decision this year,” wrote Jessica Jewell, Ph.D., senior academic program director at the Center, “The submissions, especially the winners, were really so good.”

The three top winners will travel to NEOMED for the 40th annual awards ceremony, to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 22. Watch The Pulse for more details.

Submitted by Rachel Bracken, Ph.D.

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