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Cortney Davis was a Co-Editor from November 1998 to August 2023.

As both a nurse practitioner and writer, I'm drawn to the intersection of science and creativity: how sensitivity to story and metaphor might help us to be better, more alert caregivers, and how caregiving--familiarity with the body and its mysteries--might help us to write with passion and humility. My particular interest in the literature and medicine arena is the writing of nurses, physician and other caregivers. I especially enjoy helping others discover their own creative writing abilities.  Their poems and prose reinforce my belief that, in caregiving, all our points of view are relevant.  With my colleague, Judy Schaefer, I've co-edited two award winning anthologies, Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses (University of Iowa Press, 2003) and Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses (University of Iowa Press, 1995).  My full-length poetry collections include Details of Flesh (Calyx Books, 1997) and Leopold's Maneuvers (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), winner of the 2003 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.  My most recent non-fiction book is When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images, an illness narrative published by Kent State University Press (March 2015).  Another memoir, The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing, was published by Kent State University Press in 2009 and was awarded an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and an Independent Publisher's Medal in Non-Fiction.   My other publications include chapbooks of poems, Conversion / Return, The Body Flute, and Willy-Nilly Poems for Children.  my website is www.cortneydavis.com

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