Rafael Campo (poet)

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Rafael Campo (born 1964 New Jersey) is an American poet, doctor, and author.


He graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. He practices medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. His writing focuses on themes that promote equality and justice for gay people, people of color,[1] and working-class people.

He served as a resident poet at Brandeis University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He frequently reads at colleges, including Brown University, Stanford University,[2] and Colby-Sawyer College. He currently instructs in the Lesley University low-residency MFA writing program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]


His work has served as the inspiration for composers and other artists. His"Silence= Death" based on the poem of the same name was set by the composer, Joseph Hallman [4] and premiered as part of the AIDS Quilt Songbook Project.[5]



  • The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World. Arte Publico Press. 1994. ISBN 978-1-55885-111-5.
  • What the Body Told. Duke University Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8223-1742-5.
  • The Desire to Heal: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Poetry. W.W. Norton. 1997. ISBN 978-0-393-04009-8.
  • Diva. Duke University Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8223-2417-1.
  • Landscape with Human Figure. Duke University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8223-2890-2.
  • The healing art: a doctor's black bag of poetry. W. W. Norton & Company. 2003. ISBN 978-0-393-05727-0.
  • The enemy. Duke University Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8223-3960-1.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2006-10-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/pr/00/campo124.html[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/183
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-12-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://songbook.brownpapertickets.com/
  6. ^ http://hippocrates-poetry.org/news/press-releases-2/harvard-poet-and-physician.html
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2011-06-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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