Ricardo Nuila

Ricardo Nuila (Chair) is a writer and practicing doctor at Houston’s largest public hospital. His work has been featured in The New YorkerTexas MonthlyThe New England Journal of Medicine, and Best American Short Stories.

2024 Science + Literature Selection Committee, Chair

Ricardo Nuila is a writer and practicing doctor at Houston’s largest public hospital. His work has been featured in The New YorkerTexas MonthlyThe New England Journal of Medicine, and Best American Short Stories. His first book, The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. In its review, the New York Times notes that Ricardo is a “skillful writer who humanizes his points in meticulous and compassionate detail.” He is the Director of the Humanities Expression and Arts Lab (HEAL) at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times–bestselling author of the essay collections World of Wonders and the forthcoming Bite by Bite. She is poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club, and the author of four award–winning poetry collections.

2023 Science + Literature Selection Committee (Chair)

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times–bestselling author of the essay collections World of Wonders and the forthcoming Bite by Bite. She is poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club, and the author of four award–winning poetry collections. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

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