Meet the Author: John Martin-Joy

Join John Martin-Joy, MD, for our next Meet the Author event with Steven Luria Ablon, MD, and the online audience.

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Join us Monday, January 9, 2023, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm EST for a virtual Meet the Author with John Martin-Joy, MD, presenting his new book Conversations With Donald Hall. The discussion will be moderated by Steven Luria Ablon, MD. The online audience will have a chance to ask questions via a Q&A chat or "on camera". 

About the Book:

Conversations with Donald Hall offers a unique glimpse into the creative process of a major American poet, writer, editor, anthologist, and teacher. The volume probes in depth Hall’s evolving views on poetry, poets, and the creative process over a period of more than sixty years. Donald Hall (1928–2018) reveals vivid, funny, and moving anecdotes about T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and the sculptor Henry Moore; he talks about his excitement on his return to New Hampshire and the joys of his marriage with Jane Kenyon; and he candidly discusses his loss and grief when Kenyon died in 1995 at the age of forty-seven.

The thirteen interviews range from a detailed exploration of the composition of “Ox Cart Man” to the poems that make up Without, an almost unbearable poetry of grief that was written following Jane Kenyon’s death. The book also follows Hall into old age, when he turned to essay writing and the reflections on aging that make up Essays after Eighty. This moving and insightful collection of interviews is crucial for anyone interested in poetry and the creative process, the techniques and achievements of modern American poetry, and the elusive psychology of creativity and loss.

Book Purchases can be made here. Use code: DONALDHALL30 at checkout for 30% off! 

About the Editor:

John Martin-Joy, MD, is a psychiatrist in Cambridge, MA, and a sixth-year Candidate Member at BPSI. He is the co-editor of Conversations with Donald Hall (University Press of Mississippi, 2021) and the author of a study of the American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule, Diagnosing from a Distance (Cambridge University Press, 2020). In 2021 the book was named as a finalist for the Association of American Publishers' 2021 Professional and Scholarly Excellence Award, given to books of "extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study," in this case clinical medicine. He is currently at work on a study of Erik Erikson's work on race and prejudice.

About the Moderator:

Steven Luria Ablon, MD, is a BPSI Training and Supervising Adult and Child Analyst and an Associate Clinical Professor of Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Poet. He is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the National Library of Poetry, Editor’s Choice Award and the author of five books of poetry: Tornado Weather (Mellen Poetry Press, Lewiston, New York, 1993), Flying Over Tasmania (The Fithian Press, Santa Barbara, California, 1997), Blue Damsels (Peter E Randall Publisher, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2005), Night Call (Plain View press, Auston, Texas, 2011), and Dinner in the Garden (Columbia, South Carolina, 2018). His poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines including “The Brooklyn Review”, “Ploughshares”, “The Moth”, “The Potomac Review” and “The Princeton Arts Review”. Dr. Ablon's psychoanalytic writings include numerous articles on child analysis, dreams, technique, play, and children literature as well as two books, The Development and Sustenance of Self-Esteem in Childhood (1983) and Human Feelings: Explorations in Affect Development and Meaning (1993).

This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. Your gift to BPSI supports education in the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.  

To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan ( or 617-266-0953 x101), go to, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459. 

The target audience for this program is the general public and mental health clinicians at all levels of training. 
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