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Imani Harrington


Playwright, writer, artist, and producer Imani Harrington’s writing and ideas on HIV/AIDS have been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and abstracts, as well as at local and national conferences. She also writes reviews on theater and psychology and leads workshops and performances. Ms. Harrington has received many awards for her writing and her social and community activism, including Bay Area Poets & Writers Award for Fiction, the Giorno Poetry Award and a PEN American West grant.


Ms. Harrington’s plays include Cut In The Blood/Ashes To Dust, Love & danger, Do You Have Time to Die?, Afro-Diasporic-Amenisa-Diasic, and Master Swimmer. Her plays have been performed at theaters across the U.S., such as Exit Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre, and San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre. Imani Harrington’s work has been anthologized and featured in various publications and TV interviews.


Imani Harrington is currently working a number of book, art, and film projects. In 2010, Ms. Harrington received a California Arts Council grant to work on a project that includes the use of recorded images of New Orleans both during and after Hurricane Katrina. To learn more about Imani Harrington’s projects, visit her website.



Women of Color and HIV/AIDS

Edited by Imani Harrington and Chyrell Bellamy

Foreword by Evelyn C. White 

This collection of 20 plays creatively explores the HIV/AIDS crisis, especially as women of color in the United States experience it. Positive/Negative looks at both individual and community issues, ranging from deeply personal reckonings with grief and anger to the broader institutional problems of homophobia, racism, sexism, poverty, and access to health care.


Those who are guided to this book will find in it affirmation, provocation, enlightenment, laughter and much love. Embrace its offerings as if your life depended on it, because it does.

—Evelyn C. White


I think Postive/Negative: Women of Color and HIV/AIDS will prove to be one of the most important books of the decade on HIV/AIDS and art. These are the voices we’ve been waiting for, the side of the story we have not heard. This is political, this is art at its absolute most courageous, this is beyond the cutting edge. This collection takes you to the other side; it tells us what we have been wanting, needing, and afraid to know. Imani Harrington and Chyrell D. Bellamy have put together an amazing and magnificent book. We should applaud their courage.



This collection of plays explores the central problems faced by women of color with HIV/AIDS. A wonderful book…original and provocative.

—Roya Sakhai, Ph.D.

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