Poet, playwriter, photographer, painter, paperback penner, philosopher, penis pumper, pornographer, penisolopher, psychotically pessimistically psychotic
Gregg Rowe was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia on March 12, 1960. He has hitchhiked across Canada, stopping along his way in small town and cities to earn his keep to move out east. He now resides in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts Nord, Quebec for tax purposes. He has studied Fine Arts at Vanier College in Ville St. Laurent and now is a professional student at Concordia University In Montreal. He is enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts In Creative Writing and English Literature Program. At the speed of his studies he will graduate when he is 77 years old.
Gregg started writing poetry at the age of ten, dabbling in journalism at the age of sixteen and a published poet and journalist by the time he graduated from high school at the age of eighteen. Knowing that he would not become rich, he went into Business Administration and earned income as an accountant when he was not moonlighting as a Maitre d’hotel at Aux Mouettes or working every position in a restaurant to learn how to become a manager. For the next thirty years, these business and management skills would come in handy as he was forced to put his art aside.
For the past thirty years he has volunteered in the AIDS community of Montreal, Quebec and Canada as a counsellor, a member on numerous local, provincial, national and international Board of Directors within AIDS Service Organizations and People Living With HIV/AIDS Coalitions. He is an activist for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and is co-founder of CPAVIH (the first HIV organization in Canada), Artists Against AIDS and is founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt (Quebec Chapter) and Mosaik. He was also instrumental in obtaining documentation from the PWA Society of Vancouver for an annual walk-a-thon for AIDS, brought back to Montreal and through CPAVIH and CSAM turned the project over to the Fahra Foundation for implementation to now becoinge one of Quebec’s most successful walk-a-thons: Ca Marche.
Not forgetting his love of art, Gregg has presented many fundraising event since 1989 to present for the AIDS community, their organizations and people living with HIV. His shows include artistic evenings, gallery openings, fashion exhibitions, poetry readings and plays: Jacqui (performed on International World AIDS Day, 1990) and a Poster of the Cosmos, which won the Quebec Drama Festival for Best First Play in 1989.
Now retired he spends his time writing, painting and photography. He is an accomplished artist in these fields and loves to jet-set across the continent seeking new experiences to write about and searching new subjects to paint. His adventures have taken him crisscrossed across his homeland of Canada, as well as the United States, Cuba, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland and England. In 2004 and 2005 he was Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College in Harford, Connecticut.
Gregg has received many honours, titles and recognition, not only for his writing and art, but also for his indefatigable work he has devoted to his community. None of these awards, titles or recognition are more important to him than the love, respect and recognition he receives from the people he is devoted to directly and committed to help–his comrades affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.
Gregg has been living with HIV for the past thirty years and has been reputed to say:
If I can survive as a victim of sexual, physical, emotional and psychological abuse as a chld, then I can surely survive and live with HIV.