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If you are in NYC next week please come by and support!

Center Voices presents Working Authors A Celebration of Persistent Voices: An Anthology of Poets Lost to AIDS. Mark Doty and other poets/editors will be reading contributors work.

The event:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Reception 6PM, Program 6:30PM, $8 online, $10 at the door

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &
Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Participants:

Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.  His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose:  Still Life with  Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s CoastFirebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007.

David Groff’s book Theory of Devolution was selected by poet Mark Doty for the 2001 National Poetry Series open competition and was published in 2002 by the University of Illinois Press. He is also the author, with the late Robin Hardy, of The Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood (Houghton Mifflin/University of Minnesota Press).  He has worked as an independent book editor in New York City and taught at the University of Iowa, New York University, Rutgers University, and for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. With Philip Clark he has edited the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS.

Patricia Spears Jones is an Arkansas born and raised author; resident of New York City for more than 3 decades. Spears Jones is author of the poetry collections: Femme du Monde, Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills, Coffee House Press; and two chapbooks: Mythologizing Always (Telephone Books) and Repuestas! (Belladonna), both out of print. Poems are anthologized in Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry; Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn; Bowery Women: Poems; Jazz Poems; Poetry After 911; Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café; Best American Poetry 2000; and Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard. Her plays commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines are ‘Mother’ and Song for New York: What Women Do When Men Sit Knitting? Editor and contributor to:  Think: Poems for Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day Hat and Ordinary Women: Poems by New York City Women Poets and for Bomb Magazine and as columnist for Calabar.

Jon Nalley’s poetry has been published in such venues as Poz, Art & Understanding, Response: A Contemporary Jewish Review, Jewish Currents, The St. Luke’s Review, Body Positive, the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Provincetown Magazine, and “We Are All Friends Here: An Anthology of Provincetown Poets.”  He has participated in writing communities such as Vox Positiva, the GMHC Poetry Project, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Poetry Workshop, and summer workshops the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Jon served two terms on Manhattan’s Community School Board #2.

Aimee Walker lives in New York City and holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Heliotrope, The Paris Review, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Rattapallax, and the Grolier Poetry Prize anthology. She has received scholarships and grants from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund. Aimee currently works as a development consultant for social justice, arts, and service organizations. She also serves on the Board of Directors for InTheFray, a progressive online magazine.

William A Johnson (yup that’s me), editor of Mary Literary, will also be reading from Persistent Voices along side these tremendous talents.

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