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TELL: Queer Stories w/ Drae Campbell | Podcast Launch Party

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  Celebrate the official launch of BRIC’s new queer storytelling podcast TELL. Join host Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center for refreshments and an evening of storytelling with guests Elsa Waithe, Ryan Haddad, Brian Vines, and Becca Blackwell! TELL is a podcast that serves queer [...]

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April 18, 2015

Poetry Reading: Michael Klein, Joan Larkin, and Tony Leuzzi

 

Poets Michael Klein, Joan Larkin, and Tony Leuzzi will read their poems. Each poet will read old and new poems, thereby promoting their past publications and generating buzz for their recent work.

 

Photograph by Shef Reynolds

Photograph by Shef Reynolds

Michael Klein’s third book of poems, The Talking Day (Sibling Rivalry Press) was both a Thom Gunn Award Finalist and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.  His second book, then, we were still living (GenPop Books), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and his first book, 1990, tied with James Schuyler’s Collected Poems to win the award in 1993.  His new book, A Life in the Theater will be published in the fall of 2015 by Sibling Rivalry Press.  He also has written a collection of short, lyric essays, “States of Independence” which won the 2011 BLOOM Chapbook contest in non-fiction judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez and was published in 2012 and two memoirs Track Conditions (Lambda Literary Award finalist) and The End of Being Known, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.  His poems, essays and interviews with American poets have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Bloom, Fence, Tin House, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, Poets & Writers and many other publications.  He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Binghamton University, Manhattanville and for the last 20 years has been part of the graduate writing faculty at Goddard College, in Vermont.  For many years he was on the faculty of the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was a fellow in 1990 and now teaches at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts.  He lives in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts and teaches at Hunter College.

 

Photograph by John Masterson

Photograph by John Masterson

Joan Larkin’s fifth poetry collection, Blue Hanuman, was published in spring 2014 by Hanging Loose Press. Among her previous books, My Body: New and Selected Poems received the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. Other work includes Lambda Award winner Cold River, which served as the basis for her play The AIDS Passion; Sor Juana’s Love Poems, translated with Jaime Manrique; and the twenty-poem chapbook Legs Tipped with Small Claws. Joan was an activist publisher during the feminist literary explosion of the ’70s and ’80s, coeditor of several anthologies of poetry and prose, and author of two books in the Hazelden recovery series.  She has taught writing at Brooklyn College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Drew University MFA program in poetry, among many other places, most recently serving as Grace Hazard Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College.  Her honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Photograph by J. Alfred

Photograph by J. Alfred

Tony Leuzzi’s third book of poems, The Burning Door, was published by Tiger Bark Press in spring 2014.  His previous poetry collection, Radiant Losses (2010), won the 2009 New Sins Editor’s Prize, judged by Rane Arroyo.  He has authored several chapbooks, including “Fake Book” (Anything Anymore Anywhere Press 2011) and “40,000 Crows” (Hank’s Loose Gravel Press 2012).  In fall 2012, BOA Editions published Passwords Primeval, Leuzzi’s interviews with 20 leading American poets.  As a visual artist, Leuzzi has held exhibitions of his collage, assemblage, and erasure paintings, many of which have informed or are informed by his poems.  Currently an Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Monroe Community College, in Rochester, NY, Leuzzi has earned the Wesley T. Hansen Award for Excellence in Teaching and the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Creativity and Scholarship.  He also oversees the college’s Creative Reading Series in fiction and poetry.  His poems and interviews have been published or are forthcoming in National Poetry Review, Sentence, Great River Review, Arts& Letters, Provincetown Arts, American Literary Review, and elsewhere.  He is a staff writer of book reviews and literary criticism for The Brooklyn Rail.

 

 

 

Start: April 18, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 18, 2015 10:00 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: Free

April 17, 2015

Rough Night Reading Series presented By Raspa Magazine

 

Rough Nights is a reading series created by Raspa Magazine in attempt to connect our audience and featured authors in way that extends past the page. We believe that through increased visibility and access the relationship between audience and authors can grow moreintimate and help spur understanding amongst ourselves as peers and for those outside our community.

Featuring:

Mónica Teresa Ortiz 
Charlie Vasquez
Heidi Andrea Restrepo
Dan Vera

Raspa Magazine is a response to the paucity of queer Latino literature readily available to readers. It is a biannual queer literary magazine that focuses on the Latino perspective. Raspa intends to showcase the experience of queer Latino artists, thereby providing a better understanding for ourselves as peers and for those outside of our community. Raspa Magazine was started in Austin, Texas by César Ramos in the fall of 2012.

 

Mónica Teresa Ortiz is a writer and native Texan based in Austin. She holds a B.A. from UT-Austin, an MFA from UT-El Paso, and a chapbook called On a Greyhound Straight from the 915. Her work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Huizache, Pilgrimage Magazine, Paso del Rio Grande del Norte, Borderlands, As/US, The Texas Observer, Autostraddle and Black Girl Dangerous. A two-time Andres Montoya Letras Latinxs Poetry prize finalist

Charlie Vasquez is a queer Bronx-born writer of Cuban and Puerto Rican decent and author of the novels, Buzz and Israel, and Contraband. He has edited two anthologies of Latino literature The Best of PANIC! (Fire King, 2010) and From Macho to Mariposa (Lethe, 2011) with author Charles Rice-González. Charlie is the director of the Bronx Writers Center and is the New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s “Festival de la Palabra”. He currently resides in the Bronx.

 

Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a feminist, second generation Colombian immigrant, writer and political activist. Committed to the arts as a practice of creative justice and community healing. Much of her work seeks to act as social documentation, as well as provocation. Her creative writing has been or is forthcoming in Wilde, The Progressive, Yellow Medicine Review, 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, and Nepantla. She currently resides in Brooklyn.  

 

Dan Vera is a writer, editor, and literary historian living in Washington, DC. He is the author of two poetry collections: Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen, 2013), the inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poetry has been included in the writing curricula at colleges and universities and has appeared in various journals, including Notre Dame Review,Delaware Poetry ReviewGargoyle, and Little Patuxent Review, in addition to the anthologies Queer SouthDivining Divas, and Full Moon On K Street. Named a 2014 Top Ten “New” Latino Author to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com, he’s edited the gay culture journal White Crane, co-created the literary history site, DC Writers’ Homes, and chairs the board of Split This Rock Poetry.

 

Our Name

The title Raspa was carefully chosen for its linguistic significance. The word itself is reflective of the progression of the Spanish language. It is an integration of formal Spanish and colloquial speech. Through colloquial usage the traditional word raspar, which means “to scrape,” has morphed into raspa, the rainbow-colored shaved ice many of us grew up enjoying on hot summer days. It is from this current colloquial usage that Raspa draws its visual connotation: The rainbow-colored ice resembles the diversity symbol of the pride flag, and the cone suggests the inverted triangle that was once used to mark homosexual internment camp victims and is now being reclaimed as a symbol of pride and gay rights.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 17, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 17, 2015 10:00 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: Free

April 16, 2015

Poetry Reading with Brent Armendinger, Julia Bloch, Maxe Crandall, and Brian Teare

 

Join us for a poetry reading with Brent Armendinger, Julia Bloch, Maxe Crandall, and Brian Teare

 

 

armendinger
Brent Armendinger is the author of The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying, newly released by Noemi Press, as well as two chapbooks, Undetectable and Archipelago. His work has recently appeared in Aufgabe, Bloom, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Web Conjunctions. Brent is a recipient of fellowships from Headlands Center for the Arts and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Pitzer College, where he is an Associate Professor of English and World Literature.

 
 
JuliaBloch
Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Valley Fever, both from Sidebrow Books, and the manuscript in progress Contract Method, portions of which are forthcoming in Dusie and Little Red Leaves. Other work has appeared recently in Fact-Simile, The Offending Adam and The Volta. She works as associate director of the Kelly Writers House, teaches literature and creative writing at Penn, and coedits the online journal of poetry and poetics Jacket2.

 
 
MaxeCrandall
Maxe Crandall‘s chapbook “Together Men Make Paradigms” was published last summer by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. The play premiered at Dixon Place and was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award. A 2014 Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow and a 2014 Poets House Fellow, Maxe just published a dance review in Women & Performance, has a 15-page poem about Cher forthcoming in Vetch, and is writing a new poets play, BOCCACCIO ON ICE.

 
 
BrianTeare
A former NEA Fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His fifth, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, will be out from Ahsahta in September. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

 

 

 

Start: April 16, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 16, 2015 10:00 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: Free

April 15, 2015

Vague Wednesday/Mäßiger Mittwoch

A queer art potpourri featuring Alex Alvina Chamberland, Beck Heiberg, & Sara Parkman.

Hosted by the Bureau’s intern from Leipzig, Mio Proepper!

 
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Alexander Alvina Chamberland is a Swedish-American performance artist and writer who is now residing in New York working on their masters thesis on transfeminine sisterhood. Their intense inner life monologues come out/dance out/vomit out in the form of maximalist prose with constant climactic waves both warmandcold as they merge with emotions and thought-feelings and anti-capitalist queer femme politics amongst black swans, panthers and lionesses. 100 percent vulnerable, but certainly not fragile. They will be reading from forthcoming litterary projects and purr-haps singing a song or two.

 

Photograph by Mathias Casado Castro

Photograph by Mathias Casado Castro

Beck Heiberg, b. 1987 in Copenhagen, is a choreographer and dancer trained in Copenhagen, Paris and New York, where he is currently living.

Beck’s most discussed themes circle around the identity search in gender. He searches the space that lies outside the boxes. He uses an experimental mix of styles to show androgynous, feminine and masculine sides in his pieces. He has worked a lot in the commercial field of music videos and concerts, but his heart lies in performance and theater. Most recently he choreographed “Boy or Girl” from the dance theater “Basic emotions” – from which he received great reviews – and dance theater “In Between”, which toured Europe summer 2013.

With his new solo performance “WhoUwantMe2B” he wants to show the strength in submission and discuss gender roles in sensuality.

 

 

SARA PARKMAN

Sara Parkman is a folk musician, and a lover of traditions. She adores old ladies, polskas, words, trains, old songs and the radio. She plays the violin and does it wow super mega good. She believes in the revolutionary power of kitchen tables as well as in the power of folk music to spread the word about anti-nationalism and queerfeminism. She will give you the best swedish folk music hits and mix it up with the devils roar and music that is real.

 

 

 

Start: April 15, 2015 8:00 PM
End: April 15, 2015 10:00 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: Free

April 11, 2015

I Wonder What Became of Me

 

A fun-filled evening of music, performance art, spoken word & film with actor, director, producer, mentor, drag pioneer & original Cockette RUMI MISSABU featuring a gaggle of special guests & surprises from San Francisco & New York to benefit the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Featuring:
Donna Personna
Lady Quesa’Dilla 
Piranha Stasia 
Trangela Lansbury 
Jarvis Earnshaw 
Mark Galamco 
Stephen Boyer
Koy 

 

Rykener

Immediately following the Bureau event Rumi Missabu will present the world premiere of his new theater & dance attraction: THE QUESTIONING OF JOHN RYKENER @ 8:30 pm in Room 101 based on a true tale of a cross-dressing male prostitute in 1395 medieval England dedicated to the memory of trans activist Marsha P. Johnson.

More info here.

more info: cocketterumi@gmail.com

 

 

Start: April 11, 2015 6:00 PM
End: April 11, 2015 8:00 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 $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)