ABOUT STEVEN CLARK CUNNINGHAM

  • Dr. Steven Clark Cunningham was born in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Creighton University with majors in chemistry and Spanish, he attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Having finished his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland, and fellowships in oncology research and pancreatic & hepatobiliary surgery, at Johns Hopkins University, he is currently Co-Director of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.  

    He has served as a contributing editor of Maryland Poetry Review, and his poems have appeared in Maryland Poetry Review, The New Physician (winner of literary arts contest), Chimeras, WordHouse: Baltimore‚Äôs Literary Calendar, the anthology Function At The Junction #2 (Electric Press, 1997), the cookbook Pasta Poetics (ed. Matt Hohner, 1997), and the anthology Poems for Chromosomes (Watermark Press, 1998). 
    “Dinosaur Name Poems” (Three Conditions Press, 2009) is his first full-length book of children’s poetry. It was translated by Myriam Gorospe (bilingual English / Spanish), and received two 2009 Moonbeam Awards in the Children’s Poetry and Spanish Language Book categories.

    “Poemenclature: Poems About Your Body” (Knox Robinson Press, 2017) shares the motif of using the names of things (nomenclature) to introduce topics that otherwise may be unfamiliar (as in the poem “Sphygmomanometer”) or even a little scary (like in “Cancer”).  The lyrical and easily accessible poems and the vibrant, warm illustrations of award-winning artist Susan Detwiler give each topic a traction that carries readers right into the poems and on through the “Learn More!” sections that follow each poem.