February 20, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Poet and physician Rafael Campo, a 1987 graduate of Amherst College, will discuss “Medicine and Humanities: the Liberal Arts and Medical Education in the 21st Century” in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at the college on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Campo will read his own poetry and reflect on the influence the liberal arts had on his training as a doctor. His talk, sponsored by the Charles Drew Pre-medical Society at Amherst College, is free and open to the public.

Rafael Campo “listens to the sounds the body makes, but what he hears is poetry,” according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. David Abel in the Boston Globe noted that “Campo himself has long turned to writing as a means of coming to terms with his dual role of living in the mainstream wearing a white coat and being a gay Cuban American.”

Since graduating from Amherst and receiving his medical degree at Harvard in 1992, Campo has written four books of poetry: Landscape With Human Figure (2002); Diva (1999), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; What the Body Told (1996), winner of a Lambda Literary Award; and The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World (1994), winner of the National Poetry Series 1993 Open Competition. The Poetry of Healing (1996), his collection of prose, also received a Lambda Literary Award for Memoir.

Campo is a PEN Center West Literary Award finalist and a recipient of the National Hispanic Academy of Arts and Sciences Annual Achievement Award, and recently received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Echoing Green Foundation. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Best American Poetry 1995, DoubleTake, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares and the Washington Post Book World. He teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School and is an associate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, having joined the Division of General Medicine in 1995.