An internationally known neurosurgeon who is also a poet and art critic, Michael Salcman was born in Pilsen Czechoslovakia in 1946, the son of Holocaust survivors and came to the United States in 1949. After finishing the Six-Year Combined Program in Liberal Arts and Medical Education at Boston University, he was a Fellow in Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health and trained in neurosurgery at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute in New York. Former chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, his early medical career was profiled by Jon Franklin and Alan Doelp in Not Quite A Miracle (Doubleday, 1983). Salcman is the author of almost 200 scientific and medical articles as well as six textbooks; his medical books have been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese and Chinese. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Boston University’s medical school and of Columbia University’s neurological institute. Former president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and the CityLit Project, Salcman lectures widely on art and the brain and on the brain and creativity. He currently serves as Special Lecturer in the Osher Institute at Towson University.
His first published poems appeared in the 1970s. Recent poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Ontario Review, Poet Lore, and Raritan. His poems have been heard on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and he appears in Euphoria, an award-winning documentary on the brain and creativity. His poems have received six nominations for a Pushcart Prize, one for a Best of The Web Award, and have appeared on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and in several anthologies. He has given readings at the Library of Congress, The National Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, the Writers Center in Bethesda, The Pratt Library in Baltimore, and Columbia University’s medical school. He is a poetry editor at The Baltimore Review. Dr. Salcman is the author of four chapbooks, the most recent of which is Stones In Our Pockets (Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin, 2007), and two previous collections, The Clock Made of Confetti (Orchises Press, 2007), nominated for The Poet’s Prize in 2009, and The Enemy of Good Is Better (Orchises, 2011). His widely-praised anthology of classic and contemporary poems on doctors, patients, illness and recovery, Poetry in Medicine, appeared in 2015 (Persea Books).
Winner of the 2015 Sinclair Prize
A Prague Spring, Before & After, Poems by Michael Salcman
Michael’s lecture series in 2017:Lecture, Living in My Head, A Life in Art, Medicine & Poetry, Tuesday February 14, Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, 5:30 PM; repeated on Wednesday February 15, 5:30 PM.
Poetry Reading for A Prague Suite, Before & After with Photographs by Lynn Silverman (MICA) at the Village Temple synagogue, West Village, New York, Friday March 3, 2017, 6:45 PM
Two Wednesday Lectures on Conceptual Art, Art Seminars Group, Walters Art Museum, 1:30 to 3 PM, March 8th and 15th, 2017
Poetry Reading for A Prague Suite, Before & After with Photographs by Lynn Silverman, The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Sunday May 7, 2 PM
Poetry Reading for A Prague Suite, Before & After with Photographs by Lynn Silverman, Wilde Poetry Series, Howard County, Tuesday evening, October 10th, 6-10 PM
Four Wednesday Lectures on Art of the 1980s, October/November, 2017, Osher Institute at Towson University, 9:30-11:00 AM
He has poems in Evening Street Review numbers 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 15, 21, 28: