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ISBN: 9781936873128
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Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U

Publication Date: June 2013


Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U includes work from emerging, celebrated, and forgotten writers who have contributed work to A & U Magazine in its first two decades of publication.


“Like TIME or Esquire magazines, A&U provides a particular kind of point of view. It covers AIDS like no other publication. From medicine, politics, and art, A&U shows life in AIDS-LIFE in all its glory and pain.”

-Noël Alumit

The fiction, poetry and drama published in A&U over the years now has its deserving place in an anthology. Nonfiction is always important for conveying information, but fiction, poetry and drama is just as important for conveying the direct experience of those who live with AIDS. I hope this book will get the critic and reader attention that it merits.”

-Patricia Nell Warren

A&U is great journalism for everyone who lives with HIV or cares about those of us who do. Solid scientific reporting. Entertaining arts news. Above all, the message that people with HIV can live well and have an impact. We’re always looking forward to the next issue here at NAPWA.”

-Frank J. Oldham, Jr.

Diane Goettel, Chael Needle, Lester Stong and all their colleagues at A&U are invaluable. In the realms of literature and visual art, they have likely presented, over two decades, the largest continuous collection of work about HIV/AIDS. That the cultural history of AIDS is significant can not be argued. That it will be preserved is part of the importance of this anthology. A&U helps keep a focus on AIDS, as we work to end this plague.

-Amy Sadao

About the Author

Diane Goettel

Diane Goettel has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. She co-edited the anthologies Feast: Poetry & Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner and Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband and daughter.

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