Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Ricardo Nuila

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Houston, TX
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018, 2019

Ricardo Nuila completed two sections of of interwoven, non-fiction narratives depicting the patients he's cared for at Ben Taub Hospital, Houston's largest safety-net facility. The book, The People's Hospital: Stories and Lessons from a Safety Net Healthcare System, proposes a safety net for all health care systems and will be published by Scribner in 2020. It includes work that first appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic websites, Texas Monthly, The New York Times Sunday Review, VQR, and The New England Journal of Medicine.

In addition to working as an internal medicine doctor, Ricardo teaches medical students and is the director of narrative medicine at his institution. His fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's, and the New England Review, which awarded him its inaugural Emerging Writer's Award. He also received a Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.



Ricardo Nuila worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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