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World AIDS Day: Remembering Essex Hemphill.

Essex Hemphill was a poet who's written about being black and gay and edited anthologies of black gay poets. He died this year. During our interview, last year, he read from his work "Vital Signs" which was written in 1993 after he discovered how low his T-cell count had fallen. Hemphill also wrote two poetry books Earth Life and Conditions and a collection called Ceremonies. He was also the editor of Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men. (Rebroadcast of 12/1/1994)

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Other segments from the episode on December 1, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 1, 1995: Interview with Mark Doty; Interview with Essex Hemphill; Interview with Michael Denneny; Interview with David Trinidad; Interview with Felice Picano.

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