Michael Salcman, poet, neuroscientist and art critic, formerly chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and past president of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, reads from his new collection of poems about the Holocaust, family history and the history of Prague, A Prague Spring, Before & After, winner of the 2015 Sinclair Poetry Prize. Lynn Silverman, professor of photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will discuss the suite of Prague photographs she created for inclusion in the book.
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. 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). Former president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and Baltimore’s CityLit Project, Salcman lectures widely on art and the brain and on the brain and creativity.
His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Harvard Review, Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Ontario Review, Poet Lore, and Raritan. He has given readings at the Library of Congress, The National Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, The Pratt Library in Baltimore, and Columbia University’s medical school, the Cornelia Street Café and Bowery Poetry Club in New York. A suite of Salcman's poems have been set to music by Baltimore composer Lorraine Whittlesey. His previous poetry collections include The Clock Made of Confetti (Orchises, 2007), nominated for The Poets Prize, and The Enemy of Good is Better (Orchises, 2011). In 2015 he edited Poetry in Medicine (Persea Books), an anthology of classic and contemporary poems on doctors, patients, illness and recovery.
Born in Syracuse New York in 1952, Lynn Silverman received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and her MFA from Goldsmiths College in London. A participant in many solo and group exhibitions internationally, her photographs may be found in public and private collections in Australia, Great Britain and the United States. Her work has been collected in four books: Furniture Fictions (Cornerhouse, 1989), 1:1 (Angel Row Gallery, 1992), Corporation House (Middlesbrough Art Gallery, 1996), and Interior Light (Dewi Lewis Publishing 1997). In 2010-2011, Silverman was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Czech Republic; she is a professor of photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.