Since receiving my Ph.D. in comparative literature in 1998 I have conducted research in many areas of literature, language, philosophy, and literary theory. I now propose something new: a project at the intersection of the humanities and medicine. I have begun a book-length work of creative non-fiction titled The Literary Guide to Chemotherapy for a new and all-too-numerous audience: those who are enduring chemotherapy, whether as patients, loved ones, or caregivers. This project redirects the power of Western literature to the specific purposes of palliative medicine. I request funds for the new training, research, and dedicated writing time necessary to complete it.