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Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS

Posted Apr 16 2010 11:45am


Persistent Voices

Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.
A reception precedes the event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Keck Center
500 Fifth St., N.W., Room 100
Photo ID and Reservations required.
Email or call 202-334-2415
National Academy of Sciences

The lives of countless writers have been cut short by AIDS, a virus discovered in the early 1980s.  You are invited to attend a poetry reading followed by a discussion on the social history of the epidemic and its impact on culture.  The evening will begin with readings from Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS, a book that encourages us to consider these writers’ contributions during their abbreviated careers and to contemplate their unrealized potential.

Participants include Philip Clark and David Groff, co-editors of the book; Tina Darragh, a DC poet; E. Ethelbert Miller; a literary activist and director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University; and Bernard Welt, professor of arts and humanities at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. The panel will be joined by Michael Sappol, historian at the National Library of Medicine and Raymond Martins, chief medical officer of the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

image: Richard Sawdon-Smith, The Thinker (detail), 2005

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