Laura Kolbe Poetry Reading: Little Pharma

Join us as we celebrate the release of Laura Kolbe’s debut poetry collection, Little Pharma. Laura Kolbe will read from her work, followed by an audience Q&A. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: The title Little Pharma is both a doppelgänger and a cri de coeur: as the poet’s dreamlike double, the character Little Pharma navigates the murky channels of the hospital and clinic, the borderlands of the living and the dead, and the journey from novice to healer. At the same time, the poems plead for a return to a littler pharma, a space for stolen intimacy and momentary quiet amid the impersonal and engulfing chill that floods the anatomical theater and the corridors of illness. Little Pharma is a Dantean journey from the depths of an institution, and of a pervading personal dread, to a renewed celebration of human contact, the body, and the giddy, terrifying excitement of ongoing life.

About the Author: Laura Kolbe is a doctor and medical ethicist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She studied English and American literature at Harvard and the University of Cambridge before receiving her MD from the University of Virginia. She has published poetry, fiction, personal essays, and criticism in publications including The New York Review of BooksThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Nation, and Poetry. Her medical work was highlighted in The New Yorker’s coverage of COVID-19, on LitHub’s Thresholds podcast with Jordan Kisner, and in the anthology A World Out of Reach: Dispatches from Life Under Lockdown. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner Andrew and their dog Bonnie. More of her work can be found at or by following @laurakolbemd on Twitter.