“When a collection like Malaria, Poems comes along, the world must take notice.”


“For a year I’ve had a slim volume of poetry called Malaria, Poems buzzing around my head.”

“A frightening and important book.”

Adrian Matejka, 2014 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

“Poetry arises when it must and when it’s most needed. These poems are needed.”

Jimmy Santiago Baca, Winner of the American Book Award

Malaria, Poems will change how scientists view the arts and how artists view the sciences. We believe this book will lead to increased collaborations across long disconnected academic departments and global health sectors. There are countless ways to fight malaria; poetry must now be taken seriously as one of them.”


“This book of poems can inspire us to redirect our intelligence and creativity in order to stop the ecological destruction that has spread malaria, and to seek the collective solutions for eradicating this disease.”

Dr. Vandana Shiva, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award and the Sydney Peace Prize

“These are poems that nestle in the space between insect and skin—mosquito and mankind—and so sing the simultaneously beautiful and destructive qualities of both.”

Dorianne Laux, two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

“A novel approach to an ancient problem, these poems powerfully weave together the scientific facts of malaria with moving glimpses into its unsettling human toll.”

Sonia Shah, author of The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

“Malaria will keep killing until we awaken the conscience of compassionate people everywhere; Conaway’s poetry pushes us toward that possibility. Malaria, Poems is an amazing candid book.”

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

“Compassion often lies unawakened when it comes to issues of global health. Malaria, Poems, awakens our compassion by bridging the distance that often exists between malaria and those of us living in malaria-free countries as well as the imaginary distance we place between distant others and ourselves. As the line in the poem ‘Silence, Anopheles’ reminds us: ‘Each other is ourselves.'”

Emma Seppala, Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education

Malaria, Poems is a moving and powerful feat of the empathic imagination. Conaway breathes new life into the idea that poetry can be as much about social justice as aesthetic pleasures and emotional insight.”

Roman Krznaric, author of Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

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