An artist is creating poems after listening to health care staff at the University of Alabama at Birmingham tell stories of their experiences.
Salaam Green, an artist-in-residence with UAB Arts in Medicine, is a certified Listener Poet. Through the Listener Poet program, the poets hold space for people to share whatever is on their minds, which is reflected back to them through a custom poem. A writer and storyteller, Green facilitates writing-to-heal workshops for AIM.
For National Poetry Month in April, UAB Arts in Medicine is inviting people to participate in Listener Poet sessions. Green is meeting with health professionals including Rodney Tucker, M.D., director of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, and Malcolm Marler, leadership support specialist for UAB Medicine, to create the poems. The goal is to have 10 completed poems posted to an online gallery, which will include the text and audio, along with the backstory.