Linda Drach is a Portland writer who has worked in public health research and evaluation for more than 20 years. She manages the State of Oregon’s End HIV Initiative, and has worked on projects related to end-of-life care, substance abuse, sexual and domestic violence, and criminal justice.

Her writing ranges from the scientific to the lyric, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals, like the American Journal of Public Health and Public Health Reports, and the literary journal VoiceCatcher. She has a strong interest in narrative and poetic medicine – how language can be used to understand illness and promote healing and wellness – and is currently working on a series of poems exploring violence in its many guises.  

Photo credit: Stephen Miller