A native of Mississippi, Dwaine Rieves worked during high school and college as a Frisco Railroad brakeman and a maintenance man at the local garment plant. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1979 and completed his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University. In 1983, he moved to the small city of Natchez, Mississippi to repay his debt to the state by working in the local county health department. This was an experience that would transform him and shape the remainder of his life.
Though Rieves eventually relocated to Washington, DC to pursue fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he remained dedicated to the calling of a career in public health. In addition to two decades as a medical officer at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), he worked since 1985 as a volunteer physician at the Whitman-Walker Gay Men’s VD Clinic.
Rieves began writing many years ago in the hospital while waiting for patients to complete tests or procedures, becoming enthralled with the power of words when they are allowed to flow freely from human experience. When the spirit insists, he explores his observations and thoughts in poems, essays and fiction.