Brian Volck

Brian Volck
Brian Volck is a pediatrician who lives in Baltimore and practices medical care in Maryland and on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. He received his MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. He has published a volume of poetry, Flesh Becomes Word and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words.

Recent Essays

The Stories We Share

Douthat is, I think, proposing a conversation. As a low-level functionary in the medical-industrial complex, I would like to take him up on that offer. There may be much to learn from sharing our stories. Whether others will join us is more than I can promise.

Remembering After Coronavirus

Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, Wendell Berry wrote, “The time will soon come when we will not be able to remember the horrors of September 11 without remembering also the unquestioning technological and economic optimism the ended on that day.” This, I fear, was one of the rare times Mr. Berry missed the mark. Collective amnesia is an American strong suit.

My Hair, My Self?

Cincinnati, OH. Standing before the dripping bathroom mirror while the shower haze slowly melts, I’m startled once again that my beard’s gone missing. It lasted...

A Long, Long Row

“Hontar:  We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus. Altamirano: No, Señor Hontar. Thus have we made the world. Thus have...

Hospitality and the Hopi: Fragmentation and Hope

“Pray for the foothills,/goatherds and windmills/and satellite dishes” – Mark Heard Cincinnati, OH. A comment on my recent post on Hopi hospitality referred to “…satellite...

Hospitality and the Hopis: Piki

Cincinnati, OH. My oldest son manages a pool for the city recreation department while he’s home from college.  It’s a summer job that should...