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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

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  The Bureau is excited to partner with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you: Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics Instructor: Sophie Lewis The course will meet at the Bureau on Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM Transfeminine lives are often seen as having, in and of themselves, political [...]

Wed. Jul 24, 2019 6:30 PM

Events

May 10, 2015

Get HARD with Wayne Hoffman

 

Author Wayne Hoffman reads from his steamy and comic debut novel, HARD, newly republished this month by Bear Bones Books. HARD follows a group of young AIDS activists trying to get laid and fight City Hall during NYC during the 1990s crackdown on gay businesses. Publishers Weekly called it “an intriguing exploration of politics and psyche,” while another reviewer quipped: “Think Woody Allen meets ACT UP.” Wayne will also give us a quick peek at AN OLDER MAN, the sequel to HARD, which is due out in June.

 

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photo credit Frank Mullaney

Wayne Hoffman is the author of three books—HARD, SWEET LIKE SUGAR (winner of the Stonewall Book Award), and the forthcoming AN OLDER MAN. His essays and short stories have appeared in such collections as BEST GAY STORIES 2010, FRESH MEN 2, and MAMA’S BOY. As a cultural reporter, he has written for the Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, Billboard, and Instinct magazine; he is currently executive editor of Tablet magazine. He lives in the West Village and the Catskills.

 

 

 

 

Start: May 10, 2015 6:00 PM
End: May 10, 2015 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: Free

May 9, 2015

Four Poets Celebrate Lyricism from a 21st Century Perspective

 

Austin Alexis, Charlie Bondhus, Dean Kostos, & Lynn McGee read from their recent books.

 

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Austin Alexis is the author of one full-length collection: Privacy Issues, published by Lotus Press (Wayne State University Press, distribution).  It was selected by California’s poet laureate emeritus, Al Young, to receive the Naomi Madgett Poetry Award.  His two chapbooks, both published by Poets Wear Prada, are Lovers and Drag Queens and For Lincoln & Other Poems.  One of his poems is included in a song cycle entitled Love Poems by composer David Morneau, recorded by Naxos.  His plays have been performed and/or read at The Samuel French Short Plays Festival, Vineyard Theater, the NYC LGBT Center, Performance Space 122 and elsewhere.  His short fiction, essays and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The Ledge: Poetry and Prose, Paterson Literary Review, Home Planet News, Poetry Pacific (Canada), The Long-Islander and the anthology Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, the first anthology of poetry about television.

 

 

Charlie Bondhus

Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the Publishing Triangle’s 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work appears or is set to appear in numerous journals, including Poetry, The Gay & Lesbian Review, CounterPunch, The Alabama Literary Review, and Midwest Quarterly. He is the poetry editor at The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com).

 

 

Dean Kostos

Dean Kostos’s collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty, forthcoming from Red Hen Press in April of 2015), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). He translated and compiled a suite of Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek poems for an event sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation.

His work has appeared in over 300 journals, including The Bangalore Review (India), Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), The Same, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com, and elsewhere. His libretto, Dialogue: Angel of War, Angel of Peace, was performed by Voices of Ascension. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard UP Web site and Talisman. A multiple Pushcart-Prize nominee, and a finalist for the Gival and Jot Speak (UK) awards, he has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School, and CUNY. His poem “Subway Silk” was translated into a film and screened in Tribeca and at San Francisco’s IndieFest. He is currently working on another collection of poems and a memoir.

 

 

Lynn McGee

Lynn McGee recently won the Bright Hill Press manuscript contest and her chapbook, Heirloom Bulldog, is forthcoming in late Spring 2015. Her full-length manuscript, Sober Cooking, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press in January 2016. Her poems appear in recent or current issues of Storyscape, the American Poetry Review, Sensitive Skin magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Hawai’i Review, The Same and many other journals. With poet Gerry LaFemina, she co-curates the Lunar Walk Poetry Series in Brooklyn, and she works as a news writer for a CUNY college.

 

 

 

Start: May 9, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 9, 2015 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: Free

May 8, 2015

Queers Abroad: Poets Jee Leong Koh and John Marcus Powell Read

Two expatriate poets who have lived in New York long enough to consider themselves New Yorkers read their recent work.

 

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Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, most recently “The Pillow Book” (Math Paper Press). His work has been anthologized in “New Poetries V” (Carcanet Press) and “Villanelles” (Everyman’s Library). He lives in New York City.

 

 

John Marcus Powell

John Marcus Powell is a poet who is also an actor. He is Welsh and for the past 25 years has lived in New York. Before that he lived in London, Paris, Rome, and Oran. Harold Pinter, his favorite writer and a great influence, directed him in The Man in the Glass Booth, encouraged his writing, and helped him get his short stories published in Joe McCrindle’s Transatlantic Review. He flirts with any anarchic poet he meets and at the moment is romantically involved with Whitman, Rimbaud, and Borges.

 

 

 

Start: May 8, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 8, 2015 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: Free

May 7, 2015

Andrea Cohen, Patrick Donnelly, and Paul Lisicky: A Poetry Reading

 

Photograph by Francesca G Bewer

Photograph by Francesca G Bewer

Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her previous poetry collections include The Cartographer’s Vacation, winner of the Owl Creek Poetry Prize, Long Division, and Kentucky Derby. She has received a PEN Discovery Award, Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award, and several residencies at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Writers House at Merrimack College. Her new collection, Furs Not Mine, will be released by Four Way Books in March.

 

Paul Lissicky

Paul Lisicky is the author of LAWNBOY, FAMOUS BUILDER, THE BURNING HOUSE, and UNBUILT PROJECTS. His work has appeared in CONJUNCTIONS, DENVER QUARTERLY, FENCE, THE IOWA REVIEW, PLOUGHSHARES, TIN HOUSE, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has twice been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Men’s Fiction and in Autobiography. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, in the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of STORYQUARTERLY and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A memoir, THE NARROW DOOR, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in January 2016.

 

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PATRICK DONNELLY’s books of poetry are The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012), the latter book a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and the former book a 2004 finalist for The Publishing Triangle Award for Gay Male Poetry. Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place (Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts), and an associate editor of Poetry International. With his spouse Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly translates classical Japanese poetry and drama, including the Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). In 2013, Donnelly received a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award to fund a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014.

 

 

 

Start: May 7, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 7, 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

May 6, 2015

Examining the Gay Rights Movement: Its History and Possible Future Direction

 

Walter Frank will examine the history of the modern gay rights movement in the United States and will also discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case on same sex marriage and what the impact of a favorable or unfavorable decision might be on the future direction of the movement.

Walter Frank’s most recent book, Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy (Rutgers University Press, 2014) will be available for purchase.

 

Walter Frank retired from his position as Chief of Commercial Litigation for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in April 2005. Since then he has explored the relationship of constitutional law and democracy in several law review articles. His book, Making Sense of the Constitution, was named one of the outstanding university press books for the year 2012. His most recent book, Law and the Gay Rights Story: The Long Search for Equal Justice in a Divided Democracy, has received a number of favorable reviews, including in the New York Review of Books, the Gay and Lesbian Review, Publishers Weekly Online and the Lambda Literary Review.

 

 

Start: May 6, 2015 7:00 PM
End: May 6, 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