" The Calendar of Loss powerfully evokes the act of mourning in the AIDS era. It poignantly captures the tone of urgency, desperation, fatalism, and activist rage that characterized the 1980s for those touched by the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic. Dagmawi Woubshet performs an incredible balancing act: he offers respect to the dead and dying by truthfully rendering the ways in which they responded while somehow training a strong critical eye on the queer and racialized forms of AIDS mourning. Stylistically, the manuscript is brilliant in how it elegizes its subjects even as it rigorously analyzes a cluster of techniques deployed by AIDS mourners in a diverse array of high, popular, and mass forms, both traditional and experimental, including poems, short stories, funerals, eulogies, obituaries, epitaphs, memoirs, graffiti, protest speech, photography, film, dance, and art. Woubshet's writing is poetic without abandoning any heft of critical acumen. This is the smartest text on race and mourning or on the artistic response to AIDS that I've encountered. An extraordinary achievement."