RAFAEL CAMPO at the Old Capitol Senate Chambers
Iowa City Book Festival Event
Poet and physician Rafael Campo will read from and discuss his work, including his most recent poetry collection Alternative Medicine, as part of the University of Iowa’s The Examined Life Conference. Of his work, Booklist wrote: “In a style both precise and emotional, playful and earnest, Campo delivers a most extraordinary message: that in writing, in seeing, in remembering, and in being, we embody, simultaneously, the ache as well as the cure.”
A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School, Rafael Campo currently teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where his medical practice serves mostly Latinos, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender people, and people with HIV infection. He is also on the faculty of the Lesley University Creative Writing MFA program. He is the author of Alternative Medicine, The Other Man Was Me, which won the 1993 National Poetry Series Award, What the Body Told, which won a Lambda Literary Award for Poetry, and The Desire to Heal, a collection of essays which also won a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared on NPR and in many major anthologies.