Literary journals offer aspiring writers a window into the process of professional publishing and immersion in the community of writers. They are a mainstay of MFA programs, and as well as a number of graduate and post-grad programs in the sciences. We wanted to know more about the creative lives of America’s future practitioners after leafing through Lifelines. That’s Dartmouth Medical School’s arts journal. Jessica Swienckowski is a third year medical student on rotation at Dartmouth’s west coast teaching hospital. She’s also editor-in-chief emeritus of Lifelines . Its 2011-2012 edition was released online earlier this year .