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Trans/Queer/Woman: Theory and Politics

Christina Quarles, Grounded By Tha Side of Yew, 2017 copy

  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


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.


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
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



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.

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.

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.

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
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 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
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.

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



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
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)

April 10, 2015



TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

Queendom is the theme of the twelfth installment of TELL, guest-hosted by Lady Quesa’Dilla! Featuring Rumi Misabu, Donna Personna, Trangela Lansbury, Elle Emenopé, and Boy Doña.

$5-10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds


Dilla full

Lady Quesa’Dilla


Rumi cartoon

Rumi Misabu


Donna Personna full

Donna Personna


Trangela Lansbury full

Trangela Lansbury


Elle full

Elle Emenopé



boy dona full

Boy Doña







Start: April 10, 2015 7:30 PM
End: April 10, 2015 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $5 to $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)