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 her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Her poetry has appeared in Rattle, Smartish Pace, Blackbird, Iron Horse Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, SAND, Labletter, Unsplendid, Measure, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, Radium Girl, is available for publication.
Celeste has wide experience as an editor and teacher. She taught neuroscience and poetry at the high school and college level at The University of Virginia, Kenyon Young Writers Workshop, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Lake Forest College Writing & Thinking Program, and at The Community School in Baltimore. 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 also a thorough and efficient freelance editor, specializing in medical school and residency personal statements.
She is currently at work on a series of essays about medical education.