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Art, writing and photos welcomed for 2022 edition of Wild Onions journal

The Department of Humanities invites you to submit your creative writing, photography and artwork for the 2022 edition of Wild Onions.

Wild Onions is a journal featuring creative expression in the form of poetry, prose, visual art and photography by members of our community, including patients, students, clinicians, faculty, staff, family members and volunteers. Wild Onions encourages literary and artistic work that seeks to describe and understand the experiences of giving and receiving health care.

Each Wild Onions issue explore a theme. For 2022, we will explore the sensation of “Touch” – one of the most basic and integral human experiences. It defines our lives and modes of interaction, from our first contact with our parents to the way we continue to show love to one another. As we navigate a world where contact becomes a risk to safety, touch is now more intimate and vulnerable than ever. Perhaps, through our creativity, we can find ways to reach out to one another, affect someone’s emotions, and maybe even add a touch of hope and joy to our lives.

Although we have selected a theme, Wild Onions encourages and accepts submissions on all topics.

Awards are given in each genre, creative writing, photography and art for the following categories: students and residents; health care providers and faculty; patients; family members and staff. Additionally, we are awarding three prizes, one for each genre, recognizing work that best exemplifies the theme, “Touch.”

Elias Harkins and Haley Hartman serve as this year’s senior medical student co-editors.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 15. For more information or to submit your work, please visit or email us at

A new online version of the 2021 issue is now available. Despite COVID-19 the Penn State Health and College of Medicine community came together and delivered some beautiful art, photos and creative writing. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2021 edition of Wild Onions. Check it out at:

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