David Wojnarowicz, the late writer and visual artist whose contributions to AIDS activism and the East Village art scene of the 1980s continue to reverberate through the world of art and politics, visited Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center twice in his career.

One of those visits, an appearance as part of a literary series featuring Wojnarowicz and writer Gary Indiana in 1983, makes its way into Cynthia Carr’s biography “Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz.” Carr will follow in her subject’s footsteps with an appearance at 7 tonight in Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.). Carr, a former Village Voice arts writer and columnist who knew Wojnarowicz, took on the full sweep of the artist’s life in her biography – from his turbulent childhood in New Jersey and his life on the streets as a young adult to his time as an activist firebrand embraced by the left and decried by the right, and, finally his death from AIDS-related complications in 1992.

Carr’s visit is co-presented by Hallwalls and New York City’s Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art, of which University at Buffalo professor Jonathan Katz serves as president. Admission is $5 or $4 for Hallwalls members. Call 854-1694 or visit

–Colin Dabkowski