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March 1, 2005

For the third year in a row, Barnes & Noble Booksellers Union Square has selected AIDS Service Center NYC as the only not-for-profit organization to participate in the store's April celebration of National Poetry Month. Featuring readings by the members of ASC's weekly Creative Writing Workshop, "ASC Voices" is a powerful, poignant event you won't want to miss.

At this year's "ASC Voices" on April 18, ASC poets will read from the latest issue of ASC's literary magazine, Situations. ASC launched our Creative Writing Workshop in 2000, and it has become a model for how to use creative programming to promote harm reduction, recovery, self-esteem, and well-being among persons living with, at risk for, and affected by HIV/AIDS. This unique workshop was the subject of a memorable documentary entitled "My Life In Verse," which had its world premiere on Showtime on World AIDS Day 2004.

The Creative Writing Workshop epitomizes ASC's motto of "Helping many, one by one," by providing an engaging forum for self-expression among men and women struggling with HIV, substance abuse, homelessness, and many other challenges. "ASC Voices" at Barnes & Noble Union Square is a unique opportunity to share in the joys, struggles, and triumphs of the remarkable men and women who attend the workshop each week. Nobody leaves an "ASC Voices" poetry reading unchanged or unmoved.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, a poet who has led the workshop since its inception, will host the event. Our Guest Poet, Joan Larkin, will open the evening by reading from her recent poetry collection Cold River (Painted Leaf Press). She is also the author of If You Want What We Have: Sponsorship Meditations and Glad Day: Daily Meditations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People. A poet, teacher, and editor, Larkin has received many awards for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

"ASC Voices" will take place on Monday, April 18, 2005 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 4th Floor. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Situations 7 will be distributed. For more information about Situations 7, click here. To learn more about ASC's Creative Writing Workshop, click here.

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