The theme for the 2016 edition of Wild Onions is: Dreams and Shadows
Dreams are those fantasies we have in the middle of the night that keep us hopeful for the next day. They are those ideas that start small and inspire us to make our lives meaningful. Dreams are the wings behind our aspirations that give us a reason to take chances and take flight. But where there is the potential to dream, there is also the potential for nightmares. What are those doubts, those fears, and those experiences that exist in the shadows? And how do we overcome those nightmares so that we can step out of the dark and attain our true goals? Whether our dreams are the kind that take place in sleep or the kind that influence our actions during the day, the dreams and shadows we experience hold an undeniable power that can change us, our future, and our world.
Wild Onions is an annual publication funded by The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. It is a journal of poetry, prose, and visual art, created by members of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Community.Most entries will pertain to some dimension of medicine (for example, the experiences, observations, and reflections of patients, nurses, physicians, medical students, family members, hospital staff, volunteers, visitors, etc.), but we invite submissions on all topics. Wild Onions is seeking striking images from the bedside, clinic, or lab bench, whether or not these were originally intended as artwork.Entries must be original work not published previously and may take any form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, cartoons, graphic novella or short story, photography, drawings, paintings. The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine funds the publication and distribution of Wild Onions. The aim of The Doctors Kienle Center is to advance the appreciation, knowledge, and practice of humane and humanistic medicine, defined as health care that is sympathetic, compassionate, and effective. Wild Onions serves this goal by encouraging literary work that seeks to describe and understand, with empathy, the experiences of giving and receiving health care.
- Download a pdf copy of the 2014 Wild Onions Journal
- Click here to download a pdf of the 2013 Wild Onions Journal
- Click here to download a pdf of the 2012 Wild Onions
- Click here to download a pdf of the 2011 Wild Onions.
- Read Judy Schaefer’s Book titled Wild Onion Nurse a collection of 25 years of the poetry of nursing in a college of medicine literary journal. You can purchase this book through Radcliffe Publishing.