New Book on Nursing: Learning to Heal


Published by Kent State University Press, Learning to Heal Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose, edited by Jeanne Bryner and Cortney Davis with a foreword by Judy Schaefer, documents the poignant and inspirational stories of fifty nurses ranging in age from their 20’s-90’s and features photos of the journey from nursing school to the workplace.

Click here to watch a video of the book’s launch.

Book Notes ~ Spring 2018

Please take a look at recently published books related to the field of working-class studies.  Full descriptions for each are available here.

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Former recipient of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing nominated for the Paterson Poetry Prize


Jeanne Bryner’s new book of poetry, Both Shoes Off, Bottom Dog Press, (April 2016) has been nominated for the Paterson Poetry Prize.

About her work:

“I love Jeanne Bryner’s poetry for the way it pulls me out of being lost in relentless abstract thinking and returns me to the real world of nature and people who know how to live and work in it. Jeanne sees and feels the actual world and also meanings and metaphors, and then shares her vision and her feelings in language that for me brings the word “health” to mind and then becomes: love, of the most generous kind. Love, strength and beauty radiate from Jeanne’s poems as, indeed, they do from herself, personally.”
-Gurney Norman, Kentucky author