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Author Tom Spanbauer On Real Life With HIV


Tom Spanbauer on Think Out Loud, 2014

Tom Spanbauer on Think Out Loud, 2014

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Portland writer Tom Spanbauer is no less than a legend in some literary circles. A Portland Monthly profile earlier this year called him the “Godfather of Portland’s writing scene.” When we sat down with him in April, it was to talk primarily about his new novel, “I Loved You More,” and about his practice of teaching and creating “Dangerous Writing.”

But we didn’t get to talk too much about Spanbauer’s real life, even though some is reflected in his fiction, including “I Loved You More,” and “In The City of Shy Hunters.” This time, we sit down with him to focus on his experience living with HIV for more than two decades, and the personal and cultural changes he’s observed in that time.

Here’s a book trailer for “I Loved You More,” shot in the basement of his home where he teaches Dangerous Writing.

What would you like to ask Tom Spanbauer?

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