2021 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Open Winners

First Prize
Fran Castan Greenport, New York, USA 
Voice mail

Second Prize

Bryan Monte  Utrecht, The Netherlands
À l’Apollinaire?

Jack Cooper   Coventry, England  
Measured once, cut twice

Third Prize

Lesley Saunders  Slough, England
Fever, Winter, Particulars

Wed 19th May from 8.30pm UK time
2021 Hippocrates Prize Awards Ceremony and readings of shortlisted poems

Wed 14th July from 9pm UK time
Readings of commended Health Professional poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize  
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Wed 11th August from 9pm UK time
Readings of commended Open poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize  
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Fran Castan is author of The Widow’s Quilt (1996), a poetry collection, and Venice: City That Paints Itself (2010), a collection of her poems and of paintings by her late husband, Lewis Zacks. Both are Canio’s Editions, Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, N.Y. Fran has won the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Award; an Academy of American Poets and New York University joint award; fellowships at The MacDowell Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and a teaching fellowship at New York University.  She was named The Long Island Poet of the Year 2013 by The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. Her work about the pandemic appears in their 2021 anthology, “Corona.” Though Fran worked happily as a magazine editor, a freelance writer and a teacher of writing and literature, she always wanted to be a medical doctor.  She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University and another in Languages, Literature and Communication from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in such periodicals as Poetry Magazine, Ms. Magazine and Paterson Literary Review as well as anthologies, including From Both Sides Now:  Poems of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath (Scribner); Seasons of Women (Norton) and On Prejudice:  A Global Perspective (Anchor/Doubleday). Her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times and on The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

About the inspiration for her poem she said: "When my friend, the poet Siv Cedering, was suffering from pancreatic cancer, she worked on a book of poems, indicative of her hopeful, positive attitude. I would visit frequently, helping prepare her work for publication.  At the same time, I was writing poems as witness to our experiences during her heroic struggle. Voice Mail is one."

Fran Castan

A member of Coventry Stanza, Jack Cooper has been published by Young Poets Network, Popshot, and Under the Radar. He is a member of the DYNAMO Poetry Mentoring Scheme, run by Nine Arches Press and Writing West Midlands, and the BBC Words First Development Scheme with Young Identity. He is undertaking a PhD in embryonic cell migration at the University of Warwick, and can often be found on Twitter (@JackCooper666).

About the inspiration for Measured once, cut twice he said: "Coming from a family where the older generation lives with and is cared for by their children, I worry about the quality of life and care that myself and my partner will have when we are elderly, as gay men who do not plan on having children. 'Measured once, cut twice' reflects on the burden placed on primary caregivers, the obligation we feel towards family, and the love that isn't diminished by that obligation.”

Jack Cooper Free Verse

Bryan R. Monte is a writer, editor, and anthropologist [photo credit: María Minaya]. His poetry has appeared in The Advocate, Assaracus, Bay Windows, Friends Journal, Irreantum, The James White Review, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Poetry Pacific, the South Florida Poetry Journal, and Sunstone, and in the anthologies Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (2013), Immigration & Justice for our Neighbours (2017), Voices from the Fierce Intangible World (2019), and is forthcoming in Without a Doubt (2021). Monte edits Amsterdam Quarterly. His recently completed book, On the Level: Sixty Poems about Living with Multiple Sclerosis, seeks a publisher.

He said: "The inspiration for À l’Apollinaire?, was the current Covid-19 pandemic and my experience with the AIDS pandemic decades earlier. Memories of my friends and acquaintances, who died from AIDS-related illnesses, returned during the Covid lockdowns. Some were very accomplished artists or writers who died decades before their time. During lockdown I also rediscovered Guillaume Apollinaire’s poetry. I was most impressed by his typographical experimentations along with his tragic and untimely death—not in WWI’s trenches or as of result of a field trepanation—but in Paris of Spanish flu in his own bed.”

R Bryan R Monte

Lesley Saunders is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Nominy-Dominy (Two Rivers Press, 2018) and, with Philip Gross, A Part of the Main (Mulfran Press, 2018). Her English translations – including the poem that won the 2016 Stephen Spender award – of renowned Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta were published as Point of Honour (also Two Rivers Press, 2019). Lesley works on collaborative projects with artists, sculptors, musicians, photographers and dancers as well as other poets. 

About her Hippocrates entry she said: "In March 2020 I began writing what evolved, over the next twelve months, into a sequence of 52 poems about the Covid pandemic and its consequences – a sort of journal of our strange and terrible times. Then in December 2020 I was diagnosed with Covid myself – fortunately I had the disease quite mildly, as it turned out. It seemed appropriate to try to write something while I was still experiencing the effects of the disease: 'Fever, Winter, Particulars’ is the result."

Lesley Saunders (for Hippocrates)

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