Jeanne Bryner, a Resource Council member for the Center for Literature and Medicine, has won a 2012 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for her book of poems titled Smoke.
As a Resource Council member, Bryner is part of the external consultative and resource development body for the Center. A registered nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and published poet, she has been an active member of the Resource Council over the years. Most recently, she gave a reading of Smoke during the Fall 2012 semester at Hiram College.
Smoke, which took second place in the Public Interest/Creative Writing category, gives readers a look into Bryner’s work as an emergency room nurse in the Warren area through vivid poetry.
Bryner first became involved with the Center when she was looking to publish a book of poetry on nursing, Tenderly Lift Me. Working with Center founders Carol Donley and Marty Kohn, Bryner published the book through the Center’s Literature and Medicine Book Series out of Kent State University Press.
“Carol and Marty recognized right away what a fascinating and compelling combination of biography and poetry and insight into the nursing profession Jeanne’s work provides,” said Erin Lamb, assistant professor of biomedical humanities and co-director of the Center or Literature and Medicine. “For so long, the field of literature and medicine was dominated by physicians’ voices. Jeanne was an influential part of the movement to get nurses’ voices out there as well; she helped to edit some of the very first books on nurses’ writing.”
Bryner also worked with Verb Ballets to create a dance and performance piece that celebrates nursing and nurses called “Lift. Breathe. Carry.” The piece was developed through the Center, and performed at Hiram College and throughout Northeast Ohio in 2009.
“She continues to be an inspiration to not only the Center but the field of literature and medicine,” Lamb said.