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Genevieve Hudson & Alden Jones: A Virtual Reading with the Bureau

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  Join the Bureau online for a reading with Genevieve Hudson (Boys of Alabama) and Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir) on Saturday, June 13th, 6 to 7 PM EST.   Genevieve Hudson will read from her new novel, Boys of Alabama. Melissa Febos says of Boys of [...]

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February 24, 2016

Celebrating Queer: A Reader for Writers, featuring Editor Jason Schneiderman, and contributors Charles Rice-Gonzalez (moderator), Justin Vivian Bond, Mark Doty, & Ebony Smith

 

Join us for the launch of Jason Schneiderman‘s anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers, the first freshman composition reader built entirely around queer topics. Charles Rice-Gonzalez moderates a discussion amongst fellow contributors Justin Vivian Bond, Mark Doty, Ebony Smith, and Schneiderman.

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Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Photograph by David Kimelman

Photograph by David Kimelman

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Bond’s debut Cd Dendrophile was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011, and was followed by FCA-supported Silver Wells in 2012. In 2011, Bond’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy was presented at Participant Inc., New York. Bond’s theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis (2012) as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50th Anniversary Season; originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s play Hidden: A Gender (1991); touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group, and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus (2006). Bond’s memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, was published by The Feminist Press in (2011). With funds from V’s Grants to Artists, Bond made a down payment on V’s lease and was able to self-release the CD, Silver Wells(2012).

Bond has held performances at The Kitchen, Abrons Art Center, Performance Space 122, The Zipper Factory, The Delacorte Theater, Central Park, New York; The Sydney Opera House, Australia; Soho Theater, London, Helen Hayes Theater, New York and the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Prior to V’s 2012 Grants to Artists, Bond received a an Obie Award for Kiki & Herb: Jesus Wept (2000), a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Choreographer/Creator Award for Kiki & Herb(2004), The Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2008), and The Peter Reed Foundation Grant (2011). Bond received a B.F.A. from Adelphi University (1985), and an M.A. from Central St. Martins College in London (2006).

 

 

Photograph by Star Black

Photograph by Star Black

Mark Doty is the author of several collections of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which received the 2008 National Book Award.

 

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Photo-by-Marisol-Diaz

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College – CUNY. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel Chulito(Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association and a “Small Press Highlights” mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011) and his award-winning play I Just Love Andy Gibb will be published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology (Duke Press 2016). He serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

 

Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly and Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review. His poetry collection Primary Source (Red Hen Press, forthcoming April 2016) won the 2014 Benjamin Saltman award, and his poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry,The Poetry Review, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and lives in Brooklyn.

 

Ebony Smith

Ebony Smith, originally from California, is currently a student at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society. She is studying liberal arts while exploring psychology and criminal justice. Ebony loves to travel and has visited countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. She enjoys writing and hopes to publish a book in the future. She is a very strongly opinionated, artistic, and creative young woman who has dreams of helping others and flourishing in the career she desires.

 

 

 

Start: February 24, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 24, 2016 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 22, 2016

Union Square Slam presents FRANNY CHOI and SEMIFINALS #2

 

It’s that time of the year again! Time for Union Suare Slam’s top poets to duke it out for the next two spots on our first Finals stage ever this May, with none other than the legendary Franny Choi!!!

6pm: Free Poetry Workshop with Sara Emily Kuntz
7pm: sign-ups (open Mic Only)
7:30pm: Open Mic
7:50pm: Feature
8: 20pm: Semifinals Slam (invite only)

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

About our Feature:

FRANNY CHOI is a writer, performer, and teaching artist.
She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellow. She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Journal, PANK, The Rumpus, and others. She is a Project VOICE teaching artist, a Co-Director of the Providence Poetry Slam, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.

About our Slam:

::Union Square Slam National Team Competition::

There are 3 quarters of competitive poetry slam, each culminating in a Semifinal. Each quarter consists of six open slams (one or more of which is a New Shit slam — competition in New Shit slams counts towards your total points!)

Each open slam will :
consist of up to 8 poet competitors
have a 3 min time limit for each round with a 10-second grace period
will go from 8 in the first round to 5 in the second round and 3 in the third round (this is subject to change depending on the number of competitors that night — see below)
be scored cumulatively — the winner of the night will have the highest cumulative score from all three rounds.

At the end of each quarter, the poets with the 8 highest cumulative scores FOR THE QUARTER, are invited to compete in Semifinals. If a qualified poet opts out, then the next highest ranking poet qualifies. Semifinals are run using the same rules as the Open Slams. The top two highest ranked poets in each Semifinals bout will advance to Finals Stage, along with the top two winners of the Last Chance slam.

Last Chance Slam will be INVITATIONAL only to include the top 8 poets who have the highest cumulative scores over the entire season/all three quarters, but who didn’t not otherwise qualify for FINALS.

HOST: Thomas Fucaloro

 

 

 

Start: February 22, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 22, 2016 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 20, 2016

Newfangled 9: Robert Siek hosts Yanyi Luo, Sam Ross, and Nomi Stone

 

Join us for the 9th installment of Newfangled, poetry readings by emerging poets hosted by Robert Siek. Newfangled 9 will feature Yanyi Luo, Sam Ross, and Nomi Stone.

 

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

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Yanyi Luo enjoys a masc edge. She is the recipient of a 2015 Poets House Fellowship and works as a contributing editor and poetry reader at Nat. Brut. Her poems have appeared in [PANK] and The Cortland Review, among others. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

Sam Ross

Sam Ross’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Southern Humanities Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Indiana Review, and other journals. He has received fellowship support from Columbia University, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation and poetry editor of Blunderbuss Magazine.

 

Nomi Stone

Nomi Stone is the author of the poetry collection Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly, 2008), an MFA candidate in poetry at Warren Wilson College, and a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at Columbia University. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Best American Poets 2016, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird, Guernica, Drunken Boat, Plume, and elsewhere. Stone is currently working on Kill Class, a manuscript based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork conducted within combat simulations in mock Middle Eastern villages erected by the US military across America.

 

Robert Siek

ROBERT SIEK is the author of the poetry collection Purpose and Devil Piss (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and the chapbook Clubbed Kid (New School University, 2002). He works at a large publishing house in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 20, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 20, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 18, 2016

Benjamin Fredrickson in Conversation with Hunter O’Hanian

 

 

In conjunction with the Bureau’s exhibition Benjamin Fredrickson: Salon, the Bureau hosts a conversation between Benjamin Fredrickson and Hunter O’Hanian, Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Benjamin Fredrickson: Salon organized by Daniel Cooney Fine Art. On view at the Bureau January 20 – March 20, 2016.

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Image: Benjamin Fredrickson. EJ Sleeping, 2015, 10 x 8” Gelatin silver print from paper negative. Edition # 1/3.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 18, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 18, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 17, 2016

Radicals Reading Series | New York

 

Radicals | New York features some of today’s leading LGBTQ activists, educators and commentators. From gay history and identity to awareness and sexual health, Radicals honors those who strive to make a difference through their work, provoking thought and demanding change. Featuring legendary writer and activist Larry Kramer, along with writer and editor, J. Bryan Lowder, and educator Damon Jacobs.

 
 

Larry Kramer is a distinguished American playwright and LGBT rights activist. He has won an Oscar nomination, two Obie Awards, the American Academy of Arts Award in Literature, and is a Pulitzer Award finalist. He also won two Tonys and an Emmy for the TV movie, The Normal Heart. As one of the most dynamic and influential forces for political activism, gay rights, public health policy, and AIDS-awareness, Larry is a widely-recognizable and remarkable speaker on these crucial issues.

 

Larry is renowned for both his literary achievements and political activism. At the root of both is his life-long commitment to criticizing and correcting gay apathy and government and social indifference to AIDS. He is a founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an AIDS service organization, and ACT UP, a widely effective direct action AIDS advocacy group. Larry’s most acclaimed plays include The Normal Heart (1985) and the Pulitzer Prize-finalist The Destiny of Me (1992). His screenplay for Women in Love was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969. He is also well-known for his influential novel Faggots (1978), a confrontational portrayal of gay culture, and his critical essay about the AIDS crisis, “1,112 and Counting” (1983).

 

Larry has also written the plays Sissie’s Scrapbook, A Minor Dark Age, and Just Say No, A Play about Farce. His other books are The Tragedy of Today’s Gays and Reports From the Holocaust: The Story of an AIDS Activist.

 

The recent Broadway revival of The Normal Heart was nominated for five Tonys and won three, including Best Play. The film version stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts and premiered in May 2014.

 

Larry earned his B.A. in English from Yale University. They have also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. For the past three decades he has been researching American history and the cause of AIDS/HIVS for his novel The American People—the first volume was released in April 2015. He lives in New York City.

 

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J. Bryan Lowder is an Associate Editor at Slate, where he has written and edited since 2011. He co-founded the magazine’s award-winning LGBTQ vertical, Outward, in 2013, which he continues to edit and write for regularly. Beyond the queer beat, he frequently contributes elsewhere in Slate, particularly to the culture and lifestyle sections, as well as to the magazine’s podcast, video, and live event operations. Lowder is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he focused on cultural reporting and criticism. He lives in Harlem with his partner Charles McDonald and their cats Pieces and Suite—named for the two best gay bars in New York.

 

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Damon L. Jacobs is a New York based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work on health, social justice, and pleasure. He is best known for championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through his work in media including MSNBC, NPR, Vice TV, Here! TV, as well as New York Times, USA Today, Out Magazine, and many more.

 

He is featured as one of 35 “Leading HIV Activists” by The Advocate Magazine, and one of the Twelve “Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2015” by Healthline Magazine. Damon recently spoke at The 2015 CDC National HIV Prevention Conference, The 2015 International AIDS Society Conference (IAS), The 2015 Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), 2014 Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) [Part 18:20-38:40], 5th Annual NYS Transgender Health Conference, 2015 European AIDS Treatment Group Conference, Albany Medical Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), New York University (NYU) as well New York State Health Department Of Health (NYS DOH) Trainings.

 
 
 
 

Start: February 17, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 17, 2016 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free