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BGSQD presents: Allen Barnett’s The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories World AIDS Day Celebration (in person only)

December 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Library of Homosexual Congress is proud to reissue Allen Barnett’s 1990 collection The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories. Among the finest short stories in the gay literary cannon in particular, and American fiction in general, Barnett’s record of the then-burgeoning AIDS crisis is unparalleled in its poignant humor amidst compounding loss. Please join an array of writers on World AIDS Day as we celebrate the return of Allen Barnett’s work to print for the first time in decades.

Copies of The Body and Its Dangers and Other Stories (Rebel Satori Press, 2023, paperback, $19.95) will be available for purchase. To reserve a copy, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com with “please reserve a copy of The Body and Its Dangers for Dec. 1 event” in the subject line. Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served. Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Bureau’s work. All are welcome to attend, with or without donation. We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register or on Venmo @bgsqd


Christopher Bram is the author of twelve books including the novel that became the movie Gods and Monsters. He teaches at the Gallatin School of New York University.

Gerard Cabrera is the author of short fiction, poems, and the novel, Homo Novus, published by Rattling Good Yarns Press in 2022. His writing has appeared in literary journals such as the Acentos Review, JONATHAN, Kweli, Apricity, Digging Press, and Angel Rust. A naturalized Brooklynite, Gerard hails from the Puerto Rican community of Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Dr. Seuss, basketball, and the first American dictionary. He is a member of the Publishing Triangle Board of Directors.

JP Howard is a poet, educator, literary activist, curator, and community builder. JP is a Learn with Lambda Literary 2023 workshop facilitator and was the Spring 2023 Brooklyn College Tow Mentor-in-Residence. Her debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*), Praise This Complicated Herstory: Legacy, Healing & Revolutionary Poems (Harlequin Creature) and co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Journal Black Lesbians–We Are the Revolution! JP has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda Literary Foundation, and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and her poetry is widely anthologized. JP is a general Poetry Editor for Women’s Studies Quarterly and Editor-At-Large of Mom Egg Review VOX online. http://www.jp-howard.com

Walter Holland is the author of four books of poetry “Reconstruction” (Finishing Line Press, 2022), “Circuit” (Chelsea Station Editions, 2010), “Transatlantic,” (Painted Leaf Press, 2001), “A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979-1992” (Magic City Press, 1992) as well as a novel, “The March” (Chelsea Station Editions, 2011). Some of his recent poetry credits include: “Exquisite Pandemic,” “HIV Here and Now,” “Cutbank Literary Journal,” “About Place Journal,” and “Mollyhouse.” His reviews appear regularly in “Rain Taxi,” both print and online editions. A three-part essay series on queer, Black, millennial poetry is forthcoming online on the “Lambda Literary Review” website. He lives in New York City. For more information visit: www.walterhollandwriter.com.

Ron Caldwell is a writer, editor, and educator who was born in Texas and studied English literature at Rice University. He received a Masters degree in Creative Writing: Poetry from Boston University, where his teachers were George Starbuck, Christopher Ricks, and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Ron has taught at Parsons School of Design since 1996, and is currently the coordinator of Integrative Seminar in the First Year program. He lives in Allen Barnett’s apartment.


Registration Required:
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Arts and Culture
December 1, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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