Alisha Kaplan


Alisha Kaplan is a poet, educator, and practitioner of narrative medicine. Using the arts, she works with health professionals and patients to reinvigorate medicine with care and humanity.

Alisha is also a food is medicine advocate. She splits her time between Toronto and Bela Farm, where she grows garlic, harvests honey and wild plant medicine, and hosts barn dances.

Her poetry collection, Qorbanot: Offerings, a collaboration with artist Tobi Kahn, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. She is working on her next book.

Alisha lived in New York for over a decade, during which she earned a BA at Barnard College and an MFA in Poetry at New York University, where she also taught creative writing, and a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She was an editor at Narrative Magazine and Washington Square Review, as well as a jazz radio DJ at WKCR, photographer of rare books at Chartwell Booksellers, and intern at PEN America and Sterling Lord Literistic. Alisha also interned at PEN Canada and Mansfield Press in Toronto.

Honours she has received include the Hippocrates Prize in Poetry and Medicine, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, a Lenore Marshall Barnard Poetry Prize, and grants from the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Alisha is also a winner of the W. B. Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition and the Eden Mills Writers Festival Literary Contest, as well as a finalist in Quattro’s 2018 Best New Poet in Canada Contest. Her writing has appeared in PRISM InternationalCarouselFence, LilithThe New Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Alisha has performed at the Ace Hotel in New York, Harvard Medical School, Waterstock, the New York City Poetry Festival, the Eden Mills Writers Festival, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and elsewhere. She enjoys collaborating with musicians and artists of all kinds.

Toronto, ON.

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