Here are some of the books of poetry and short-form creative writing available for check-out in the AIDS Library.
There are many places in Philadelphia where poets and writers have get their work read. These are some organizations that run creative writing events or collect information about such events. Note that none are HIV/AIDS-specific. Click on the links for locations, times, and other details.
The William Way Center hosts a free “Queer Writers’ Collective” on the 4th Saturday of every month at 4pm.
The website of the organization First Person Arts has information about
The Philadelphia Poetry Collective’s News Page has info on open mic events and other readings.
The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement’s Events Page has readings, workshops, and poetry slams.
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Monday Poets Series includes some open mic events along with readings from talented local and regional poets.
PhillyPoetry.com Calendar lists upcoming events in the greater Philadelphia area.
These are websites where you can read poetry and creative writing related to HIV/AIDS, and some where readers can submit writing to be published online.
As with almost any topic, The Body.com has a wealth of resources, including:
United Methodist Global Ministries publishes a collection of scripture, poems, prayers, reflections, journal excerpts, and other devotional resources that relate to HIV/AIDS ministry.
The Official AIDS Awareness Poets website features poetry about HIV/AIDS, and accepts submissions to be published on the website.
All Poetry is a website that allows users to submit poetry about any topic including HIV/AIDS, and includes an active community of users giving feedback on each other’s poems. To sign up and submit poetry click here.
The following websites are not HIV/AIDS-specific or Philadelphia-specific. They are meant to be places to start for anyone interested in getting their writing published.
A general search on the web for tips on getting writing published will result in many commercial sites. Here are a few publishing advice websites that aren’t trying to make money off users:
To find a writing program or workshop, see the website of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
There are many books on creative writing and on getting published. This is outside the realm of the AIDS Library’s collection, but click here to see Some Highlights of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Collection.
The PEN American Center has a Prison Writing Program with details on: