Lifelines is a print journal for literature and art published by the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The journal was founded in 2002 by Sai Li (MED’06) and established with the publication of the first issue in Fall 2004. The journal is published annually. Lifelines has featured work by Guggenheim Fellows, winners of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, physicians, patients, medical students, faculty professors, and undergraduates, as well as from new authors and artists. Dartmouth affiliates are encourage to submit to Lifelines; however, the journal is open to all.

Jessica Fried (MED’15), past editor-in-chief of Lifelines, in Dartmouth’s Sanborn Library

In addition to hosting our issues online, we print and distribute over one thousand copies of the journal annually to hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, schools, and libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont. To date, we have published ten volumes. Lifelines is indexed by the Library of Congress and archived in the Rauner Special Collections Library of Dartmouth College.

The journal strives to enhance the atmosphere of the healthcare community by instilling in its readers a respect for the enduring human spirit, and a profound hope for better understanding and dialogue between doctors and patients.


  • To be a thread winding through all those who have been touched by the medical experience
  • To weave a literary tapestry that connects healthcare providers and patients through narratives in medicine


  • To serve as a medium for creative self-expression​
  • To practice reflecting writing: how to write about one’s own experience, how to write about the patient’s experience​
  • To address the role of stories in medicine​
  • To cultivate the healing arts​
  • To enhance the atmosphere of healthcare with art and word

Lifelines is supported by the Trustees of Dartmouth College, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College.

Lifelines, circa 2004.