Cogswell and Cook

Launching Kelly Cogswell’s Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger and Susana Cook’s Queering the Classics: A Benefit for the Lesbian Avengers Documentary Project

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Launching Kelly Cogswell’s Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger and Susana Cook’s Queering the Classics: A Benefit for the Lesbian Avengers Documentary Project
March 15, 2014 7:00 PM
March 15, 2014 10:00 PM
646 457 0859
February 7, 2014
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
646 457 0859
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83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cogswell and Cook
Join two of your favorite fire-eating dykes to celebrate their new books and raise money for the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project. Writer Kelly Cogswell will read from her brand new memoir, Eating Fire: My Live as a Lesbian Avenger, and Argentinean icon Susana Cook will present Queering the Classics: Hamletango, Dykenstein, and We Are Caligula, a new collection of her theatrical work.
Suggested donation of $5 to support Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project (no one will be turned away)
Eating Fire cover
“Veering between Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dyke and Rebel Without a Pause, Cogswell’s memoir of the Lesbian Avengers is incisive, politically astute, and a much needed addition to LGBT history.” —Michael Bronski, Harvard University


Since setting out from Kentucky armed only with an electric typewriter, a stack of poems, and willingness to do the bare minimum as a maid, a dishwasher, and temporary secretary, Kelly Cogswell has fended off beer bottles from angry Irish bigots, eaten fire in front of the White House, co-founded pioneering projects like The Gully online magazine offering “queer views on everything”, and pursued a career as indy journalist specializing in society, culture, and politics. Her work has appeared in a range of venues including the International Herald Tribune, Louisville’s Courier-Journal, and THIS WAY OUT: the international lesbian & gay radio magazine. Her column in New York’s Gay City News has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She is the director of the Lesbian Avenger Documentary Project.


Susana Cook Queering the Classics
“Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things” – Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Susana Cook is an icon of the lesbian underground. Born in Argentina, the New York based performance artist has been writing and producing original work both solo and with her own theatrical company comprised mostly of minority and queer women. Her internationally recognized work boldly and cleverly tackles political issues like racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her plays include: We Are CaligulaThe Funeral of the Cow, The HomophobesThe Fury of the Gods, Homeland InsecuritiesThe idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats: The Fantasy of Extermination, and Tango Lesbiango. Her variety show, The Service Economy Vaudeville, was instrumental in introducing a range of new voices to the New York performance scene.