Lifelines is a journal for literature and art in medicine. The journal was started in 2002 by Sai Li (MED’06) and established with the publication of the first issue in the Fall of 2004. Subsequently, the journal was published annually. Lifelines has featured work by Guggenheim Fellows, winners of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, physicians, medical students, faculty, and undergraduates, as well as from new authors and artists.

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

Lifelines is a medium for creative self-expression and for human connection. In addition to hosting our issues online, we publish and distribute hard copies to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, libraries, bookstores, and cafés in New Hampshire and Vermont. To date, we have published eight volumes.

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.

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.

–F. Scott Fitzgerald

Our Mission:

  • 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.

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