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  Acclaimed queer authors Trebor Healey and Craig Laurance Gidney explore the veil between worlds in their newest books, Falling and A Spectral Hue. These are stories of artists making contact with a metaphysical or mystical reality, expanding and queering our understanding of the world we live in. Healey and Gidney’s work portrays the otherworldliness [...]

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July 9, 2015

Together Again: Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat Fellows Reunite

Three fiction writers and two poets from the 2007 and 2008 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat read from their work.



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Shelley Ettinger is a longtime activist in LGBTQ, anti-racist, anti-war and union struggles. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in dozens of literary journals. Vera’s Will is her first novel.


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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.



Michael Montlack is the author of the poetry collection Cool Limbo (NYQ Books) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press). His work recently appeared in Cimarron Review, Barrow Street, Mudfish, The Cortland Review and Assaracus. He lives and teaches in New York City and has been awarded residencies/fellowships from VCCA, Ucross, Lambda Literary Foundation and Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Germany.



Carol Rosenfeld is a New York City-based writer and poet. Her short stories have appeared in several lesbian erotica and LGBT horror anthologies. Her debut novel, The One That Got Away, is being published in June 2015.


Ely Shipley’s first book, Boy with Flowers, won the Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His chapbook, On Beards: A Memoir of Passing, is forthcoming from speCt! books. His poems and essays appear in the Western Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Florida Review, Phoebe, Greensboro Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Witness, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Fugue, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Purdue University and a PhD from the University of Utah. He is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, CUNY.


Start: July 9, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 9, 2015 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

July 3, 2015 – July 5, 2015

Bureau Closed For Independence Day Weekend

The Bureau will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th.

Start: July 3, 2015
End: July 5, 2015

July 2, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: July Edition!

Sabrina Chap brings you this works-in-progress series featuring new work from cutting-edge queer artists. Built on the notion that there’s no greater inspiration than a deadline, this series forces renegade artists to bring new and developing work to an audience for the first time. Part experimentation + part guaranteed failure = 100% awesomeness.

The July edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Jesse Phillips-Fein – Dance
Melody Jane – Performance Art
Taylor Derwin – Fiction
Kate Brandt - Film

Interested in presenting your work in a future installment of Deadline? Fill out the form!
Artists of any kind are encouraged to submit.



Check out this article on the August edition of Deadline in Next Magazine“BGSQD’s Deadline Gives Queer Artists Room To Create And Grow” by Chris Hernandez





Start: July 2, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 2, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

July 1, 2015

Sharp Edges: Butcher’s Sons & Paris Demands


The Sharp Edges book launch features new novels by Lethe Press’ Scott Alexander Hess (The Butcher’s Sons) and Mike Miksche (Paris Demands). These two authors will face off in a lively interview segment about their provocative books set respectively in the gritty streets of Hell’s Kitchen circa 1930 and in Paris’ glorious underbelly. It’ll be an evening of edgy conversations, live music, book giveaways, and of course French cheeses and Hell’s Kitchen (butchered) meats.


Reception @ 7PM, Interactive Interview @ 8PM


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Scott Alexander Hess earned his MFA in creative writing from The New School. He blogs for The Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in Genre Magazine, The Fix, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote “Tom in America,” a short film starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. The Butcher’s Sons is his third novel. His debut novel Diary of a Sex Addict has been translated into German. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess now lives in Manhattan, New York.



Mike Miksche’s work has appeared in Instinct, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and The Blue Lyra Review. He is the writer of Hole and Corner, a weekly column for Daily Xtra, which explores the profound connections forged through BDSM and public sex (http://www.dailyxtra.com/contributor/Mike%20Miksche). Paris Demands is his first novel.



Start: July 1, 2015 7:00 PM
End: July 1, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 27, 2015

Then, and Then, and Now: 2 Gay Memoirists from Different Generations Discuss Their Gay Histories


Brad Gooch and David Crabb will read from and discuss their respective memoirs. Brad Gooch’s Smash Cut is a searing memoir of life in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, and Crabb’s Bad Kid is a hilarious, poignant story about a boy growing up gay (and Goth) in San Antonio, Texas at a time and place where it was hard to be one, near impossible to be the other.



Photograph By Henny Garfunkel

Photograph By Henny Garfunkel

Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He lives in New York City.



Photograph By Julia Gillard

Photograph By Julia Gillard

David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher & storyteller in New York City. He is a Moth Story Slam host and three-time Moth Slam winner. His solo show “Bad Kid” was met with critical acclaim from The New York Times, MTV, Flavorpill, NY Metro and many others, and named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The show has been performed in NYC since 2011 & completed a sold-out run in Virginia in 2013. “Bad Kid” will play in Texas and California in 2015.




Start: June 27, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 27, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free