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Texas Matters: Poetry, Social Justice And Medicine With Owen Lewis

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Writing can be therapeutic and reading makes us feel less alone--these aren't very original ideas but they bear repeating because they are so true.

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They underscore the work of Owen Lewis. Lewis is a psychiatrist and works with the narrative medicine group at Columbia University. The physician/professor-turned poet--has published poetry widely. In his third collection, Best Man, Lewis brings us 23 poems, one for each year of his brother's life--a brother who passed away some three decades ago. In this elegiac collection, Lewis tries to make sense of this unimaginable loss. The book has been called "a contribution" to the "field of recovery studies." 

In an interview with Texas Public Radio's Yvette Benavides, Owen Lewis discusses the inspiration for this collection, narrative medicine, and the way we access social justice through the study of literature.

Owen Lewis will read from his book on Wednesday, October 28 @ 7:30 pm at Our Lady of the Lake University's Providence West Blue Room. The reading is the inaugural event of the Social Justice Reading Series of Our Lady of the Lake University's MA/MFA in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice.

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