Timothy DuWhite

As a black person, everything that escapes my mouth is considered a political statement. It’s exhausting. For me, it’s crucial to be honest and aware — I have developed a sense of understanding that simply speaking truth for me is also a way I can honor my people.

Poet & Keynote Speaker

Workshop Facilitator




Timothy DuWhite is the Patron Saint of Your Ugly Cry, his poetry is equal parts generous and ferocious, not at all subliminal but expertly nuanced...Marvel at the expert precision of each line that buries its heart beneath your skin and asks you questions. Stay alert. Receive this gift.
— Rachel McKibbins

Timothy DuWhite is a writer, poet, playwright, performance artist, and activist. His work is both brave and exhilarating, and directly addresses difficult and controversial issues such as HIV, state sanctioned violence, racism, and queerness.  He has performed at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe,  Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, La Mama Theater, Issue Project Room, and many more. He has delivered keynote speeches and appeared at institutions such as San Diego State University, Indiana University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, John Hopkins University and many more.

His writing and poetry can be found in The Rumpus, The Root, Afropunk, Black Youth Project, The Grio, and elsewhere. He has work in the forthcoming anthology The Future is Black: Afropessimism, Fugitivity and Radical Hope in Education  co-edited by Michael Dumas, Ashley Woodson and Carl Grant. A committed educator, he has facilitated workshops at New York City’s legendary Urban Word, the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Housing Works, and Rikers Island. A finalist for Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, he is currently at work on a one man play at Dixon Place, where he is artist-in residence.

A great deal of Timothy’s work and activism is around HIV/AIDS and related issues. In 2015, he developed a writing workshop entitled “HIV & the State: Coalition Building beyond the Condom,” in which he debunks popular narratives surrounding HIV as it relates to black people. Timothy has taught this workshop at major institutions across the country.



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