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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 15, 2016

Union Square Slam present JOSE’ OLIVAREZ and our LOVE AND HEARTBREAK THEME SLAM

 

Oh. It’s that time of year again. That time when no matter who you are, you got something to say about Love. Welp. Let’s hear it!! Join us for an incredible feature by Chicago’s own literary badass, José Olivarez, and our Love and Heartbreak Theme Slam!!

COMPETING POETS, TAKE NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST THEME SLAM BEFORE THE IRON POET SLAM ON APRIL 26TH. IF YOU HAVEN’T COMPETED IN A THEME SLAM YET AND WANT TO GO FOR TEAM, THIS IS YOUR SECOND TO LAST CHANCE TO DO SO.

6:00pm: Free Poetry Workshop with Sara Emily Kuntz
7:00pm: Sign ups for Open Mic and Slam
7:30pm: Open Mic
8:00pm: Feature
8:30pm: Poetry Slam

About our Feature:

José Olivarez is the co-author of the book of poems Home Court. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Program Director at Urban Word NYC. A winner of a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, The Acentos Review, Specter Magazine, Union Station Magazine, among other places. His work has also been featured on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie basketball blog, Chicago Public Radio, and on Mass Poetry’s PoeTry on the T program. He is from Calumet City, IL, and he lives in the Bronx. You can purchase Home Court at http://homecourtpoems.tumblr.com/purchase & follow him on social media at @jayohessee.

About our Slam:

Bust out your sexy erotica, your heartfelt odes, your viled and anguished break-up lines.

::THEME SLAMS::

We have a variety of Theme Slams, meant to introduce different artistic elements, challenges, and inspiration to our work. Points will be recorded for the sake of naming a “winner”, however, these points do not count towards your total score for the quarter. Your participation in one Theme slam meets your requirement for Final Stage Participation. All theme slams will take up to 8 competitors, and will be ranked in an 8-5-3 cumulative fashion. Each round has a 3 min time limit unless otherwise stated.

All slammers who are competing to represent Union Square Slam nationally in 2016 and beyond, at either IWPS, WOWPS, or as part of the Union Square Slam Nationals Team, MUST participate in BOTH a New Shit Slam and a Theme Slam at any point during the slam season. (9/14/15 – 4/28/15). You may compete in any or all of these slams, whether or not you intend to go out for the team, however, preference may be given to competitors that have qualified for Semis or Finals.

 

Start: February 15, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 15, 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 13, 2016

Love Songs from the Closet – Valentine’s Eve Poetry and Dance – Poet Brad Vogel accompanied by dancer Mariusz Kujawksi

Whether you’re partnered, single or in some kind of mingle, join poet Brad Vogel as he reads from his poetry book, Broad Meadow Bird, with a focus on the series “Love Songs from the Closet” – taking on unrequited love, sublimated desire and both the perils and conquering of the closet. Dancer Mariusz Kujawksi will accompany and interpret a number of the poems.

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

Poet Brad Vogel recently debuted Broad Meadow Bird, his collection covering poetry from the past 15 years. Born in Wisconsin, Vogel lived and worked in post-Katrina New Orleans. He and his boyfriend Suresh live in New York City.

 

Mariusz Kujawski – A dancer and model, Mariusz was born in Poland and grew up in Iceland.

 
 
 

Start: February 13, 2016 7:00 AM
End: February 13, 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 11, 2016

Bi Book Club discusses The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes

 

The Bi Book Club meets on the second Thursday of each month to discuss bi-themed books and the issues they raise.

Dinner after nearby (so far, we always go to Village Den.)

On February 11, The Bi Book Club will discuss:

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes

Shakespeare turned topsy turvy: a clever bisexual mashup between a sexy young Hamlet and characters from the sonnets. Very readable–no olde English. Note: The Sonnets, and Shakespeare, were bisexual.

Pick out some phrases, paragraphs or scenes that you’d like to discuss, give us your critique of the book: what worked, what didn’t, how was bisexuality represented? If you haven’t had the chance to read the book, come anyway because we read passages aloud for discussion. As usual, we’ll also be using the text as a jumping off point to further discussion of bisexual issues and personal experiences.

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

RSVP on meetup.com (not required)

 

 

 

 

Start: February 11, 2016 6:30 PM
End: February 11, 2016 8:00 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 10, 2016

20Something Monthly Manhattan Meetup

 

If you are new to the city, recently out, just looking for friends, or whatever experiences brought you to us – we offer a safe space where we can mingle and talk about our experiences as an LGBT person in New York City. We hold our meetings on the second Wednesday of every month from 8-10 PM at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. We recommend this 20Something Meetup to anyone who is looking for a more casual space to explore their sexual/gender identity. There will be light refreshments. Bring friends!

Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau and 20Something. No one turned away for lack of funds.

20Something is the largest social events organization for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in New York City, aged 21 to 30. We hold a monthly social, and two monthly icebreaker/discussion groups at the Brooklyn Pride Center and at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, the queer cultural center and bookstore on the second floor of The LGBT Community Center, in Manhattan. With more than 2,500 members, we engage young adults across all 5 boroughs with a safe, confidential, and respectful platform to meet other LGBT folk. Many of our members have made long lasting friendships, relationships, and have been connected to important LGBT services and resources. Whether you are new to the city, recently out, or just looking to make friends – 20Something offers a space for you to pave the way to your own adventures in New York City – and make living here a little easier. Become a member: meetup.com/20SomethingNYC

 

 

Start: February 10, 2016 8:00 PM
End: February 10, 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 and 20Something. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 8, 2016

Union Square Slam presents SAVON BARTLEY and Open 2.6 (NEW SHIT SLAM)

 

We are thrilled to host internationally-ranked poet, Savon Bartley and our last open slam of this quarter!!

It’s also a NEW SHIT SLAM, so bring your freshest!!

(New Shit slams are open to anyone, however, if you are going out for the Nationals Team, you need to compete in at least one New Shit Slam at some point before Finals in May. New Shit is defined as anything that has not been heard on a Union Square mic, the exception being that it has been over 50% edited)

(Please note: the Bureau is closed on Mondays. We open at 6 PM on Mondays for the Union Square Slam.)

6:00pm: Free Poetry Workshop, hosted by Sara Emily Kuntz
7:00pm: Sign-ups
7:30pm: Open Mic
8:00pm: Feature
8:30pm: Slam

$5 // All Ages

About our Feature:

Savon Bartley is a North Chicago born poet, writer, and Oreo cookie connoisseur. Known for his lyricism and ability to command a crowd he has worked with HBO Def Poets, United Nation Officials, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award winners. Savon’s work is a reflection of his experiences with identity, mental illness, social justice, and what it means to be a man that’s better than his father. Having represented New York and New Jersey on the international poetry slam level multiple times, placing 3rd in the world in 2013, his work has captured the attention and hearts of many. Savon, who has been featured at The Apollo Theater, Auditorium Theater, and The United Nations General Assembly, has been published in Slate Magazine and was the youngest coach at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Start: February 8, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 8, 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.