Rafael Campo (poet)

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 poem "Silence=Death" was set by 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. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-55885-111-5. Rafael Campo (poet.
  • What the Body Told. Duke University Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8223-1742-5. Rafael Campo (poet).
  • 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. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-8223-2417-1. Rafael Campo (poet.
  • Landscape with Human Figure. Duke University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8223-2890-2. Rafael Campo (poet.
  • 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. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-8223-3960-1. Rafael Campo (poet.

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