Laura Kolbe Little Pharma

Friday, November 05 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the release of Laura Kolbe’s debut poetry collection, 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 Books, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The 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.

Little Pharma will be released on October 26. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552. 

"In Laura Kolbe’s deft hands, a poem becomes a tool for peering closely into what is often concealed. Her poems are vivid explosions of language, thought, and wit, and to read her poems is to encounter a voice seeking to see and name the world accurately—and in so doing understand our condition. An extraordinary first collection."

—Meghan O’Rourke, author of Sun In Days and The Long Goodbye

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