I’m Sorry For Your Loss

By CJ Stobinski Contributing Editor In July 2015, my grandmother was diagnosed with stage four gallbladder cancer and was given nine months to live. She battled for her life until May 10, 2017, and lived mainly symptom free until the last month of her life, not even losing her hair during chemo. She saw another … [Read more…]

National HIV Poetry Writing Month

Here’s what you get when you Google “national poetry month hiv aids 2017” Missing: hiv aids That’s right. HIV and AIDS are literally, virtually, digitally, really and truly missing from the celebrations of poetry going on this National Poetry Month 2017. I’ve been wondering what Indolent Books and our fiscal parent, Indolent Arts Foundation, Inc., … [Read more…]

The HIV Here & Now Poem-a-Day is Back!

For the month leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1, 2016, the HIV Here & Now project will resume the HIV Here & Now poem-a-day feature. A new poem every day by a different poet from November 1 to December 1, 2016. We know you will enjoy this brief return of the HIV … [Read more…]

Men of a Certain Age

By Jameson Fitzpatrick Poet and author of Morrisroe: Erasures To have sex with a man of a certain age in 2016 is to fuck into a continuum of gay male experience that transcends your own. It’s not time travel—the century doesn’t unturn itself—but the act of sex does put you in touch, literally, with a … [Read more…]

Kindness Is the Ultimate Grace

By Jacob Hardt HIV Here & Now Poet and visual artist I’m thinking about shit today. About what’s about to happen to me. About who I am. I want to be strong and I am afraid. I guess I’m looking for courage inside my self…outside my self…. And I remember certain things about my life. … [Read more…]

Wiesel, Silence, and HIV

By Nina Bennett HIV Here & Now Poet and author of Sound Effects The death of Elie Wiesel earlier this month spurred my thoughts on the issue of silence. A Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, Wiesel was determined that the world not forget the Holocaust. I have been … [Read more…]

HIV, Black Lives, and Criminal “Justice”

By Michael Broder Director of The HIV Here & Now Project Today is a day to think and feel and pray and talk about the murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa, and all the others, police and civilian alike, injured … [Read more…]

Coming Out as a Long-Term Survivor at a Cure Focus Group

By Julene Tripp Weaver Guest blogger and HIV Here & Now poet In April I attended a long-term survivor focus group discussion about participating in HIV cure-related research in Seattle sponsored by The Martin Delaney Collaboratories and the National Community Advisory Board. In a packed room at the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, we were led … [Read more…]

UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

Video Commentary by Stephen Lewis Co-Director, AIDS-Free World This week at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, member states agreed to ambitious new targets for HIV treatment and prevention. But some countries marred the global harmony by blocking language recognizing the importance of so-called key populations for treating and preventing HIV. In particular, … [Read more…]

Hourglass

By CJ Stobinski Contributing Editor We cross paths with many soul mates during the hours of our lives. Some are friends, others lovers. Some are strangers we meet in passing at boutique sandwich shops, exchanging words of hope, fear, despair, anxiety, and wisdom, trading stories across generations, helping each other breathe a little easier, a … [Read more…]