Upstate News

March 19, 2007
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Award-winning physician-poet Dr. Rafael Campo to hold reading April 12

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Rafael Campo, M.D., an award-winning physician-poet and essayist whose literature has appeared in many major anthologies, including Best American Poetry, will read from his newly released collection of poetry titled “The Enemy,” on the SUNY Upstate Medical University campus April 12, from noon to 12:50 p.m. at the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. The reading is free and open to the public.

Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His practice serves mostly Latinos, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, and people with HIV infection.

“Dr. Campo uses his poetry as a way to deepen the connections between himself and his patients as they work together toward healing,” said Deirdre Neilen, Ph.D., associate professor of bioethics and humanities at SUNY Upstate.

Campo has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including two Lambda Literary awards, a National Poetry Series award, the National Hispanic Academy of Arts and Sciences Annual Achievement Prize and the Pushcart Prize. His writings have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times Magazine and the Paris Review.

In his fifth collection of poetry, “The Enemy,” Campo considers what it means to be the enemy in America today. Using poetry grounded in the physical body, he writes of a country endlessly at war—not only against the presumed enemy abroad but also with its own troubled conscience.

Campo’s other books include “The Other Man Was Me,” “What the Body Told,” A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity and Desire,” Diva,” “Rafael Campo: Landscape with Human Figures,” and “The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry.”

The reading is sponsored by SUNY Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the office of the Dean of the College of Medicine and the President’s Office. A book sale will follow the reading.

For more information, call 315-464-5404.

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