Celeste Lipkes is a writer and psychiatry resident residing in New Haven, Connecticut. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia and an MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Smartish Pace, Blackbird, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her first manuscript of poems, Radium Girl, was a semi-finalist for the 2018 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2019 University of Wisconsin Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prize.
Celeste has wide experience as an editor and teacher. She taught poetry at the high school and college level at The University of Virginia, Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, Lake Forest College Writing & Thinking Program, and elsewhere. Most recently she lead a writing workshop for patients and caregivers at The VCU Massey Cancer Center. She served for four years as a poetry editor for The Medical Literary Messenger and previously reviewed for Meridian and the Best New Poets series.
She is currently at work on a series of lyric essays about medicine.