Common Ground#708

Visual AIDS

Featuring Esther McGowan and Theodore Kerr, with Ted Rees


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Visual AIDS Executive Director Esther McGowan joins Rail contributor Theodore Kerr for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Ted Rees.

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Esther McGowan

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Esther McGowan is the Executive Director of Visual AIDS, and was Associate Director from 2012 to 2017. She has worked as a fundraiser, administrator, and grantmaker with a variety of arts organizations over three decades, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Watermill Center, Arts International, Art Matters, Center for Fiction, Alliance for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Theodore Kerr

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Theodore (ted) Kerr is a writer and organizer. He is a founding member of What Would an HIV Doula Do? He and Alexandra Juhasz have recently released the book WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION NOW: THE TIMES OF AIDS CULTURAL PRODUCTION.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Ted Rees reading.

Ted Rees

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Ted Rees is a poet, essayist, and editor who lives and works in Philadelphia. His most recent books include Dog Day Economy (Roof Books 2022) and Thanksgiving: a Poem, a Lambda Literary Award finalist published by Golias Books in 2020. Recent essays have been published in SPT’s The Back Room and The Poetry Project Newsletter.  He is editor-at-large for The Elephants, as well as founder and co-editor of Asterion Projects with Levi Bentley. Since summer of 2020, he has been running Overflowing Poetry Workshops, an extrainstitutional online workshop space.

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