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The Healing Muse

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The Healing Muse is the annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University's Center for Bioethics & Humanities. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

Have a question for the staff of The Healing Muse?  

Call 315.464.8464 or email hlgmuse@upstate.edu 



                         The Healing Muse (Vol. 20) Launch Party

       Come join us for our Launch Party to celebrate...20 years of The Muse








If you wish to attend, you will need to register.

To register for the event, contact our Managing Editor, Andrea Musolino at musolina@upstate.edu. She will send you the link.

Open to all

Cover art: Early Spring Dawn, by Karen J. Burns





                                      Introducing Volume 19
                                 An Interview with Deirdre Neilen


Editor Deirdre Neilen recently sat down with Amber Smith, host of HealthLink On Air, to discuss the new issue of The MusePublished Fall 2019, the issue marks the journal's 19th year.

To listen to Deirdre's interview (originally aired, October 20, 2019), visit:


For an archive of past readings of selections from The Muse, see:



                                HealthLink On Air airs every Sunday on NPR station WRVO.


Come join us for our Launch Party to celebrate:

The Healing Muse (Vol. 19)


Wednesday, October 23, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 pm 
Medical Alumni Auditorium (766 Irving Avenue)


Meet our writers, artists, and editors


***Light refreshments to follow reading***

Open to all

Order Volume 19 now!  Details here



The Healing Muse / Round & Ripe & Wise Launch Party

Please join us!

Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Medical Alumni Auditorium (766 Irving Avenue)



Meet our writers, artists, and editors

***Light refreshments to follow reading***

Open to all

Announcing Round & Ripe & Wise !

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B.A. St. Andrews, founding editor of The Healing Muse, was an accomplished poet. Before her untimely death in 2003, she published over 200 of her poems in leading magazines and literary and medical journals. This collection includes unpublished poems alongside ones familiar to her readers, as well as some of the art that inspired hers. 

Each person who donated to, was featured in, or purchases The Healing Muse, Volume 18, will receive one complimentary copy of Round & Ripe & Wise.  Additional copies can be purchased here

Upcoming 2018/19 Readings

We will be having readings at:

Wells College, Auburn, NY 
October 30th 

Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY 

Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg, NY 

Readings are free and open to the public.

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