The Reading for AIDS Remembrance
Image used courtesy of the estate of Lee Snider.
Visual AIDS is proud to be a community partner for PEN America's The Reading for AIDS Remembrance.
AIDS devastated a generation—but it also became the focus of relentless, resilient writing and work that has gone on to inspire countless other advocates.
Join PEN America on June 22 as they hear from poets, storytellers, and performers to mark an historic occasion—the first Pride in New York City with public space dedicated specifically to AIDS remembrance. The AIDS Memorial, located in a public park adjacent to the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, honors the more than 100,000 individuals lost to AIDS in NYC alone, as well as the many activists who ignited and have maintained a global response.
They will be filling the space with words from noted literary figures, emerging writers, and other individuals who have been indispensable in carrying forward the stories of the movement. The growing lineup includes Kate Bornstein, Timothy DuWhite, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Rickey Laurentiis, Jaime Manrique, Ethelbert Miller, sam sax, Sarah Schulman, and Jean Valentine sharing their own work, as well as tributes to Reinaldo Arenas, Tory Dent, Melvin Dixon, Tim Dlugos, Essex Hemphill, Arthur Russell, David Wojnarowicz, and others.