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June 12, 2015

Launch Party for VYM, the drag magazine!


Celebrate the art of drag with the launch of VYM Magazine!

VYM, the drag magazine, celebrates its inaugural issue with an evening of readings and performances! VYM is a love letter to the art that exists in (and is inspired by) the world of Drag. Editors Johnny and Sasha Velour believe that a wonderful concept, such as drag, deserves an artful forum dedicated to all its incarnations — from camp and humor, fashion and art, to politics and theory. This new 100 page magazine features comics, essays, illustrations, interviews, photography, poetry, and more from more than 20 of todays most talented independent artists. To start with a bang, Johnny and Sasha asked their contributors to define the indefinable, “What is Drag?” Their answers are as varied and valid as the art itself, and their work reminds that there is no “right way” to do drag.


The evening will feature readings and performances by many of the issue’s contributors including: Crimson Kitty, Lady Winifred, Didi Panache, K. James, Wo Chan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., and more!


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Johnny Velour (Editorial Director) (a.k.a. John Jacob Lee) is a theatre artist and choreographer who has spent most of his career in one form of drag or another. He has toured internationally with Cats and The Wedding Singer.

Sasha Velour (Artistic Director) (a.k.a. Sasha Steinberg) is a comics artist, designer, and drag queen. Sasha holds a BA in Literature from Vassar College, an MFA in Cartooning from CCS, and studied queer arts on a Fulbright Fellowship in Moscow, Russia. He is the creator of the Stonewall comic series. ahsasha.com




Start: June 12, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 12, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 11, 2015

DEADLINE: Works-in-Progress from Cutting-Edge Queer Artists: June 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 June edition of DEADLINE will feature:

Geoffrey Bridgman – Literature
Lauren Schleider - Visual Art
Jamila Reddy - Multi-DisciplinaryPerformance Art
Kyle Rogers - Theater


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: June 11, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 11, 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 10, 2015

Queer Collage Party


Spring time is the right time to make collages! We provide the glue sticks and paper, you provide the pictures. Everyone who attends should bring at least one magazine or book or a bunch of pictures that you’ll contribute to the group. Each person can make their own collage(s), or team up with others! You can keep your own collage(s), but don’t expect to walk away with your magazine intact! The spirit here is fun and sharing. Attend for part or all of the evening. You are encouraged but not required to bring a little snack to share — chips, tangerines, grapes, hummus, whatever. We’ll have music playing (not live, though).

Facilitated by Paul VanDeCarr


Paul VanDeCarr with Peter Knob at The Hose

Paul VanDeCarr is an arts and nonprofit writer in NYC, more info at www.paulvdc.com.




Start: June 10, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 10, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 7, 2015

book release and book signing party of the book Internal Landscapes by John Ollom MFA


Internal Landscapes is the culmination of fourteen years of movement research, movement technique classes and personal introspection that have created the revolutionary methodology of Internal Landscapes. John Ollom’s practice is defined as archetypal movement that leads to art creation.

Many dancers, actors, performance artists and non-performers have come to work with John Ollom, the creator of the Internal Landscapes methodology and his company of Ollom Movement Artists. Peer into a book that not only educates but tells personal stories of unbelievable honesty. Issues of rape, homosexuality, and survival through trauma have been addressed in this methodology. Artists that have dared to have the courage to create art that is poignant and revelatory have found John Ollom’s practice to be the key to their process.


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Come join us on Sunday June 7th at 6pm for this exciting book release and book signing party with John Ollom MFA.


The Vice President of Winning Writers, Jendi Reiter said,

“John Ollom is a healer.  He binds up the internalized wounds of oppression that split body form soul, male from female, humanity from the natural world.  His medicine is dance.  But it’s a kind of dance you may have never seen before, arising from each performer’s inner truth rather than enforced conformity to an external ideal.”


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John Ollom MFA is the author of the book Internal Landscapes.

John received his MFA from Goddard College and his BFA in Ballet from Texas Christian University where he trained under Stephanie McFarlane Rand, Li Chou Cheng of Beijiing Ballet and Fernando Bujones of American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet.


He has been teaching in New York City and around the country since 2000. His methodology has been taught at the Eastern Michigan University, Kalani Retreat Center in Hawaii, Atmananda Yoga Sequence, Baruch College, CUNY Hostos, CUNY in the Heights, Easton Mountain Retreat Center and every summer at the Ollom Movement Art Summer Program at Smith College.


In 2010-2011, John Ollom was chosen as the Artist in Residence at the Eastern Michigan University Dance Department. Since 2002, John has served as the Artistic Director of Ollom Art/Prismatic Productions Inc./ where he has choreographed such works as The Catalyst, Love and Longing, The Journey, John Ollom’s The Journey, Anatomy of Woman, Dido and Aeneas, The Other Species, Love Stories, Internal Landscapes, Man of War, M.U.D. (Men Under Dirt), Kuan Yin’s Compassion, Nemetona, The Portal, and Prisoner of My Projection. His choreography and direction can also be seen in the film “Karpos and Kalamos”.


John’s work has been the subject of three documentary films: “Late Bloomers” by Annette Cyr, Professor of Art at the National University in San Diego; “The Making of M.U.D.: An Exploration of the Work of John Ollom and Ollom Movement Art” by Robert Kazmayer, MA; and, “There’s Something about John” by Emma McCagg.


Start: June 7, 2015 6:00 PM
End: June 7, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

June 6, 2015

ASSARACUS: A Journal of Gay Poetry—A Reading to Celebrate Issue 18


Please join us to celebrate the latest issue of the beautiful and sexy gay male poetry magazine Assaracus 18 (Sibling Rivalry Press). Poets look at the world today from San Francisco to Greece and many points between, at memories brought to life, at fucking and drag, love and families, tricks, beaches, bathhouses, Grindr, even a god or two. Four widely published gay poets will read, William Leo Coakley (a New York Poetry Center Discovery series winner), Graham Coppin (Brooklyn poet and leadership coach born in South Africa), Joseph Harker (Assaracus editor and Poet Blogger), and Jee Long Koh (organizer of the NY Singapore Literature Festival and Singapore Poetry website).

Copies of the magazine are available for purchase at the Bureau.

Cover art by Carmine Santaniello

Please support the Bureau by purchasing your copy from the Bureau! Thank you!

Reception at 7
Reading at 7:30


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Photograph by Joseph Batista

Photograph by Joseph Batista

William Leo Coakley, who recently won the Der-Hovanessian prize for a gay Cavafy translation, has appeared in many magazines and other publications here and abroad, including the Paris Review and the Gay and Lesbian Review. He often reads his work on the radio, at Day without Art programs, and at venues like the Leslie-Lohman Gay and Lesbian Art Museum.


Graham Coppin 1

Graham Coppin is a recovering mathematician and poet now working as a leadership coach and consultant. He was born and raised in South Africa and emigrated to the US just before his homeland’s first democratic elections in 1994. He first lived in Minnesota where he learned to love flannel and hate lutefisk. He currently resides in a not-so-gentrified-yet-thank-God part of Brooklyn.


Joseph Harker

Joseph Harker is a linguist and poet often found prowling the trains and cafés of the Northeast. Currently, he edits Assaracus, a journal of gay male poetry; his own work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Ganymede, Hobble Creek Review, qarrtsiluni, and others. He does the Twitter thing at @JHPoet, and the blog thing at http://namingconstellations.wordpress.com, which you are welcome to visit, if you promise to wipe your feet.


Jee Leong Koh

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems. A new collection titled Steep Tea is forthcoming from Carcanet Press in July. The organizer of the Singapore Literature Festival in New York, he runs the Singapore Poetry website and the Second Saturdays Reading Series.



Start: June 6, 2015 7:00 PM
End: June 6, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 646 457 0859
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free