Programs and Tours
John Weir - Day With(out) Art: World AIDS Day
John Weir is the author of two novels, What I Did Wrong (Viking, 2006), and The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket (HarperCollins, 1989), which won the 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Best First Novel by a Gay Man. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Details, as well as Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, and Subtropics.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Weir was involved both in Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP/New York, culminating in his January, 1991 appearance on The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather, when he and two other AIDS activists interrupted Rather’s news broadcast, chanting, “Money for AIDS, not for war: AIDS won’t wait.” He is also a prolific critic who has written music, book, and movie reviews for major newspapers and magazines. As Contributing Editor to Details from 1993 to 1996, he interviewed gay marines in Jacksonville, North Carolina just after President Clinton lifted the ban on lesbians and gays in the military; and he visited the Springs of Life Ministry, the Christian evangelical church in Lancaster, California that produced The Gay Agenda, an anti-gay video that was sent to members of Congress during the deliberations that resulted in Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. For Details, he also retraced Timothy McVeigh’s route from Kingman, Arizona to Oklahoma City in the week before McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building; and for Rolling Stone, he wrote about 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Other non-fiction publications include essays about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, pop star Fiona Apple, Jack Kerouac’s original (queer(er)) draft of On the Road, and John Cheever’s homophobia and closeted bisexuality and wonderful sentences. He is currently at work on two book-length manuscripts, one fiction and one non-fiction.
He has taught Creative Writing as a Visiting Professor in the University of Houston's MFA program, and since 1993 he has taught at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he is currently Director of Graduate Studies in English, and where he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. The author will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell (’64). For more information, please see www.lsa.umich.edu/english/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp.
Thursday, 01 December, 2011
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354