Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00am–12:00pm
Price: Free
  • NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Room 220
  • 476 5th Ave.
  • New York, NY, 10018

The Past Prepares us for a Better Future: Timothy DuWhite with Kenyon Farrow

NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Room 220
476 5th Ave.
New York, NY, 10018
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Writer and poet Timothy DuWhite is hosting a workshop/ reading series which will bring together personal writing, contemporary conversations around HIV/AIDS, and research from the In The Life Archive (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). At the core of the workshop is a question around how can conversations from the past help us create new discussions in the present and prepare for a better future? Each week DuWhite will be joined by a guest writer whose practice is rooted in the ongoing response to HIV/AIDS.

TIMOTHY DuWHITE is the current Program Manager at New York Writers Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to providing writing workshops to under-served communities. Prior to his time at NYWC, Timothy worked as the Program Coordinator at Urban Word NYC, a champion in youth literacy, and as the Online Communications Specialist at Believe Out Loud, an online network invested in bridging the gap between the faith and LGBTQ communities. He received his BA in English/Creative Writing from Montclair State University, where he developed his love for spoken word poetry and performance. Timothy’s work has been featured at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s cafe, The Rumpus, Bowery Poetry Club, La Mama Theater and many more. In 2015, Timothy developed a writing workshop entitled “HIV & the State: Coalition Building beyond the Condom,” in which he communally debunks popular narratives surrounding HIV as it relates to black people. Timothy’s political work and analysis has granted him appearances/keynote speeches at San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, Columbia College Chicago, and many more. When he isn’t off trying to save the world, Tim can be found working on his next play, and listening to 90’s R&B.

KENYON FARROW is an award-winning writer and activist. Whether serving on a board, staff member, or rank-and-file organizer, Kenyon has spent the last 15 years working in social movements on campaigns and projects large and small, community-based, national and global in scope. Well known for his racial and economic justice work with in LGBTQ organizing, he is the former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice. His work in HIV/AIDS has also been well documented, and served as the US & Global Health Policy Director for Treatment Action Group, is an independent AIDS research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV, TB and Hepatitis C. He's currently serving as the Senior Editor with Kenyon is co-editor of Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, A New Queer Agenda (an issue of Feminist & Scholar, an online journal of the Barnard Center for Research on Women) and his essays appear in many books and online news outlets including the recent titles, We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press 2012), Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (AK Press 2010), and Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (Vintage Entity Press).

WHAT WOULD AN HIV DOULA DO? collective is a community of artists, activist, academics, chaplains, doulas, health care practitioners, nurses, filmmakers, AIDS Service Organization employees, dancers, community educators, and others from across the movement joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis. We understand a doula as someone in community who hold space for others during times of transition. For us, HIV is a series of transitions in someone’s life that does not start with being tested or getting a diagnosis, nor end with treatment or death. Foundational to the process is asking questions.