The OutWrite LGBT Book Fair is August 2nd through 4th. The HIV and Storytelling Discussion will be in the Community Room of the Reeves Center (2000 14th Street NW) on Saturday, August 3rd from 4:30PM to 5:30PM.
HIV and Storytelling: How Literature can expand the modern narrative, foster community, and activate social movements.
We'll have a lively discussion at OutWrite about where HIV fits into modern LGBT literature and how our experiences of HIV are being talked about. What is the modern HIV narrative and what impact can exploring it have on our community? The history of HIV story telling has influenced politics and culture but the early stories often left out key populations. How can we tell our HIV stories and assure that more members of minority communities communicate their experiences through literature?
About Alex Garner and Moisés Agosto
Alex Garner is currently the Program Coordinator in the Treatment Education Adherence Mobilization (TEAM) division at the National Minority AIDS Council. Alex was recently the founder editor at PositiveFrontiers.com. PositiveFrontiers.com is a national HIV magazine for gay men that explores issues of lifestyle culture and wellness. Prior to PositiveFrontiers.com Alex was an actor, writer, and advocate. He co-wrote and performed in 'The Infection Monologues', a funny and thought-provoking play about the modern HIV experience. Alex, who identifies as Chicano, has been living with HIV for over 17 years and got his start as a queer, HIV-positive youth organizer.
Moisés Agosto-Rosario is a longtime treatment advocate and educator for people living with HIV. Mr. Agosto-Rosario has played a crucial role in ensuring that communities of color have equal access to care, treatment, and lifesaving information and has won numerous awards for his work with the HIV community. He is currently the Director of Treatment Education, Adherence and Mobilization (TEAM) for the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). He is a member of the 80's generation of poets in Puerto Rico. He published Poemas De Lógica Inmune in 1991. He has published poetry and narrative in various literary journals and anthologies in Puerto Rico and oversees. In 2007 published his first book of short stories Nocturno y Otros Desamparos with Terranova Editores. He was editor with David Caleb Acevedo and Luis Negrón of the first gay, lesbian and queer anthology published in Puerto Rico, Los Otros Cuerpos.. In 2010 he published his second poetry book, Inmunología Poética (PEN Club awardee in 2010). He most recently published his second book of short stories, Plagas Del Deseo as an e-book.
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