Public invited to contribute to DMU’s literary journal

June 23, 2009 —

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) is the largest medical school in Iowa — not necessarily a school you’d expect to produce a literary journal. Now in its third year, however, the annual Abaton journal is very popular and the public is invited to submit work.

Overseen by DMU students and staff in the medical humanities department, the journal is made up entirely of submitted art, photography, prose, poetry, essays and more. Students, staff and alumni are, of course, invited to submit to the Abaton but a direct DMU-connection is by no means required.

This year’s issue will have a global health theme and debut at the annual World Food Prize ceremonies in October. Some copies of the Abaton will actually be sold at the events to raise money for the World Health Organization.

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, paint or shoot photos, your contributions are invited. The subject should in some way relate to global health care and/or the human condition. To actually browse the pages of the last edition, visit

Submit work at by July 1.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.