#HIV: CURRENT AIDS WRITING—Panelist Bios

Chaplain C. Jones is an HIV-positive Baptist minister/writer/artist who has been published by The Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Gospel Today. As a chaplain, he is affiliated with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy with a focus on same gender loving men of color, and persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Jones holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta). Currently, he is studying psychiatry, religion and art at Union Theological Seminary (NYC).
Jessica Max Stein, who goes by “Max”, has been a New York-based writer since the late 90s. She writes regularly for make/shift magazine and the award-winning LGBT blog The Bilerico Project. She is best known for her work as the biographer of Muppet performer Richard Hunt, who died of AIDS at age 40 in 1992. She teaches writing and literature at the City University of New York (CUNY), and lives in Brooklyn.
Ricky Tucker is both a collector and dodger of culture—he is a writer.  His work explores performance, the Vogue/Ballroom scene, cross dressing as medium, race, and sexuality. He is a contributing editor at Ironing Board Collective and is serving on an investigative committee for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, exploring listening practices and sound.
Aldrin Valdez is an artist and writer based in New York City. He received his BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and currently studies art criticism and writing at the School of Visual Arts. Valdez’s writing has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, ArtSlant, and Degree Critical. He is a fellow at the Queer/Art/Mentorship and co-organizer of Foundational Sharing. www.aldrinaldrin.com

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