Poets in Residence

The Gold Foundation is delighted to welcome Poets in Residence to the Gold Humanism Summit. Three poets will be stationed near our sessions with their typewriters. Share your stories with them and receive a custom poem!

About Poets in Residence

Poets In Residence is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes good listening in hospitals. Their listener poets make themselves available at designated locations, such as conferences and hospitals, and engage one-on-one with any curious person who comes up to talk. 

The Poets in Residence program supports patient safety, helps fight burnout among staff, and increases nursing resiliency and physician wellness by improving psychological safety and information sharing.

This, in turn, recognizes the medical experience as more than just physical. Just as the Gold Foundation works to Keep Healthcare Human, Poets in Residence helps a hospital or any organization address people as humans first.

The poets

Three poets will be at the Gold Humanism Summit. Please look for them, say hello, and sit down to chat!

Frankie Abralind is executive director of Poets In Residence, a nonprofit that promotes good listening to support patient safety, nursing resilience, and physician wellbeing. Previously, Frankie served as the lead designer for the Innovation Hub at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital, where he worked on improving the healthcare experience for patients, staff, and visitors. Frankie studied design at Cornell University and earned his MBA from the University of Maryland. He’s also a game inventor; his creativity game BrainSpin helps teach empathy and is available in game stores all across the country. Frankie lives with his wife and six typewriters in Washington, D.C.

Kay McKean co-founded Poets In Residence after working with leadership teams across industries to build trust and psychological safety in workplace cultures. She has worked in organizational culture and human capital roles at NYU Medical Center, Union Square Hospitality Group, SoulCycle and Atlantic Media Company, and continues to support executive teams through coaching and facilitation. Kay received her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration at Georgetown University and lives in NYC with her husband and daughter.

Ravenna Raven is a poet with the nonprofit Poets in Residence. She spent her childhood reading and writing stories in a 250-year-old farmhouse in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She moved to D.C. to attend the George Washington University and earned a B.A. in literature and creative writing. She went on to graduate with an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, where she had also begun teaching academic and creative writing workshops.

Location & time

To be determined. Check back here before the conference begins.