Celeste Lipkes grew up in Florida and has been migrating north ever since. She received both a poetry MFA and an MD in Virginia before beginning her psychiatry residency at Yale. Unsurprisingly, her poetry and nonfiction writing both incorporate themes of illness and the body. Her writing has appeared in many journals, and her poetry manuscript, Radium Girl, has been a finalist or semi-finalist for several prizes including the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prize and the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. She lives with her husband in New Haven, Connecticut.