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  Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.     [...]

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Events

May 6, 2014

THE REAPPEARING ACT: BOOK PARTY

Kate Fagan, a former Division 1 Basketball player and current ESPN writer, has written an honest and heartfelt memoir about coming out in sports.  She is teaming up with two major local organizations and a few big names in sports including former NFL player, Wade Davis.  Davis is the Executive Director of You Can Play Project and Nevin Caple, co-founder of Br{ache the Silence Campaign also played Division 1 Basketball.

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE BUREAU IS CLOSED ON TUESDAYS, BUT WE WILL OPEN AT 6 PM FOR THIS EVENT.

 

Reappearing Act cover

The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born Again Christians

It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge. In The Reappearing Act (Skyhorse Publishing; May 6, 2014) Kate Fagan tells her coming-of-age story about how she discovered her true self and slowly found the courage to live authentically.
Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of otherness inside her. In trying to blend in, Kate had created a hilariously incongruous world for herself in Boulder. Her best friends were part of Colorado’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where they ran weekly Bible studies and attended an Evangelical Free Church. For nearly a year, Kate joined them and learned all she could about Christianity—even holding their hands as they prayed for others “living a sinful lifestyle.” Each time the issue of homosexuality arose, she felt as if a neon sign appeared over her head, with a giant arrow pointed downward. During these prayer sessions, she would often keep her eyes open, looking around the circle at the closed eyelids of her friends, listening to the earnestness of their words.

Kate didn’t have a vocabulary for discussing who she really was and what she felt when she was younger; all she knew was that she had a secret. In The Reappearing Act, she brings the reader along for the ride as she slowly accepts her new reality and takes the first steps toward embracing her true self.

 

Kate Fagan
Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also an in-studio contributor for The Word, a digital video segment that examines hot topics in sports. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work was cited in the anthology of Best American Sports Writing 2013, and she has also been featured on Longreads, a site that curates the best in long-form journalism and fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wade Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 3, 2014

Ectoplasms

Ectoplasm refers to a vomit-like substance produced by mediums during seances, supposedly as a manifestation of otherworldly spirits. For this performance salon and accompanying zine, we would like to use the phenomenon of ectoplasm as a way of thinking about the creation of the abject, what for Julia Kristeva constitutes that which has been discharged from the body, rendered excrement. How does the body function as a sight of transactions, of exits and entrances? In what ways is the abject haunted? What ghosts are coming out of you?
GIVE US UR BLOOD UR TEARS UR PUKE.

 

 

Start: May 3, 2014 8:00 PM
End: May 3, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 2, 2014

(dis)Assembly: Eileen Myles…Jennifer Natalya Fink…Iris Cushing

Three queer women writers of various genres read from their latest, taking apart and putting together an image of the world around them.

Moving between revelry in the parts, words, objects that piece together and the ultimate looming vision of the completed puzzle, these writers play with language in a way that gets to a sense of “reality” both within and beyond the words of their respective texts.

Eileen Myles is an poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three  decades. In 2012, she publishedSnowflake/different streets, a combination of two distinct poetry collections in one binding. Also in 2012, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete Afterglow, which gives both a real and fantastic account of a dog’s life.
Jennifer Natalya Fink is a mother of a hilarious and brilliant six-year-old girl, a professor of English at Georgetown University, a literacy activist, and an all-around hell-raiser. She is the author of three award-winning novels, The MIKVAH QUEEN, BURN, and V, and a short-story collection, THIRTEEN FUGUES.

Iris Cushing is the author of Wyoming, winner of the 2013 Furniture Press Poetry Prize. She lives in New York and is an editor at Argos Books and Circumference: Poetry in Translation.

 

 

Start: May 2, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 2, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

May 1, 2014

Kristiania Presents: The Queer Gaze

Please join us for the first public event of Kristiania, an international anarcho-literary collective of politically minded writers. This will be a conversation around the subjects of queerness and subjectivity featuring the exciting authors and thinkers:

 

Samuel R. Delany

Ana Božičević

Saeed Jones

Trace Peterson

 

Moderated by Lonely Christopher

More on Kristiania: www.kristiania.org

 

 

Samuel R. Delany is the author of numerous science fiction books including, Dhalgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, as well as the best-selling nonfiction study Times Square Red, Times Square Blue and the memoir The Motion of Light In Water. His latest novel is Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. He lives in New York City and teaches at Temple University. The Lambda Book Report chose Delany as one of the fifty most significant men and women of the past hundred years to change our concept of gayness; he is a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to lesbian and gay literature; and, after winning four Nebula Awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master.

 

Ana Božičević was born in Croatia in 1977 and emigrated to New York when she was nineteen. Her book of poems, Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC), were finalists for the 2010 and 2013 Lambda Literary Award. She completed her MFA at Hunter College and is now a PhD Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival, Lost&Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Transculturations Seminar. In Fall 2010, The Feminist Press honored her as one of their 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award recipients. Her translation of Zvonko Karanovi ́c’s Snow on Fire was awarded the PEN American Center/NYSCA grant. The anthology of translations The Day Lady Gaga Died: An Anthology of Newer New York Poets she co-edited with Željko Miti ́c appeared in Serbia in Fall 2011.

 

Saeed Jones is the author of the chapbook When the Only Light is Fire (2011, Sibling Rivalry Press) and the forthcoming poetry collection Prelude to Bruise (2014, Coffee House Press). His work has appeared in Best Gay Stories 2013GuernicaEbony MagazineThe RumpusHayden’s Ferry Review, and West Branchamong other publications. Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark and is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Arts / Mentors. He works as the editor of Buzzfeed LGBT and lives in Brooklyn.

 

Trace Peterson’s two favorite things are sex and literary criticism. Author of the poetry book Since I Moved In(Chax Press) and numerous chapbooks of poems, she is also Editor / Publisher of EOAGH, co-editor of the new anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books) which is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award this year, and co-editor of the forthcoming Gil Ott: Collected Writings(Chax Press). From 2009-2012, she curated the TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice series inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC, where she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate.

 

Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of the poetry collection Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books. His plays have been produced in New York City and China. He wrote and directed the feature film MOM (Cavazos Films, 2013) and his stories have been adapted for the screen in Canada and France. He lives in Brooklyn and is the programming director for the Kristiania Collective.

 

Start: May 1, 2014 7:00 PM
End: May 1, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 30, 2014

“Children of the Brain:” Harry Hay’s Life, Theory, and Activism, 1953-1964. A talk by Ben Miller

Harry Hay’s life is typically presented in two chunks: the first covers his founding of the Mattachine Society, from approximately 1948 to his exit in 1953; the second, his involvement with and co-founding of the Radical Faeries in the 1970s and 1980s. Very little has been written about the time in between. While Hay’s biography spends only twenty-odd pages discussing the middle period of his life, new research demonstrates the importance of this period in his theory and activism, and the uniqueness of his ideas about identity and politics. Between 1953 and 1955, Hay fell into a deep political, emotional, and theoretical paralysis, as demonstrated by his withdrawal from homophile activism, unstable and dependent relationship with hat designer Jørn Kamgren, and often difficult-to-decipher and circular research notes. This paralysis was unlocked by developments in his research and theory. Fueled by research and an until-now unknown affair with a Tewa Native American man, Hay proposed a new social role for homophiles based on Native American traditions, in which they were responsible for producing intellectual and cultural capital and contributing to social development.

Ben Miller is a New York-based writer and student of history. Current projects include thesis research on early gay activist Harry Hay that has taken him to archives in California and conferences from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, an adaptation of an early Mozart libretto for performance at Carnegie Hall, and new short fiction influenced by his historical research. He is the 2014 winner of New York University’s Bessie and Louis Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, and the recipient of the Steffi Berne Research Scholarship in the Humanities from the same institution. His teachers in history and writing have included Linda Gordon, K. Kevyne Baar, Marcelle Clements, and Jonathan Safran Foer. His academic writing has appeared in HistorianCollege Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in BrioStudio on the Square, and West 10th. He is editor or co-editor of several publications, co-founder of Squid Ink Magazine (launching soon), and serves on the communications committee of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He tweets @benwritesthings.

Photo: Harry Hay in Carmel, 1958. San Francisco Public Library Gay and Lesbian Center.

 

 

Start: April 30, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 30, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States