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Scissoring Publication Extravaganza!


  This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration of queer lady lit & love–plus donuts!   Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. [...]

Sat. Feb 23, 2019 7:00 PM


November 12, 2014

Nights at Rizzoli Launch with Felice Picano


Glamour and books don’t often converge, but forty years ago they did so at Rizzoli, one of New York City’s greatest bookstores: and no one is better equipped to celebrate that time and place than Felice Picano, a founding member of the Violet Quill and recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award (and former Rizzoli manager). With his forthcoming memoir, Nights at Rizzoli, Felice Picano takes us back to New York as it was when the legendary bookstore was a meeting place for intellectuals, celebrities, artists and assorted hangers-on. Then an aspiring writer in a post-Stonewall New York, Picano recounts his days rubbing shoulders with the city’s celebrities at Rizzoli and nights bumping into them in seedier venues downtown.


Join us on November 12th to celebrate the publication of Nights at Rizzoli. Felice will read from his book, followed by a Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and refreshments will be available.


Felice Picano, poet, novelist, playwright, critic and publisher, was a founding member of the Violet Quill, a pioneering group of gay male writers in the 1980s. Recipient of many awards and citations, he received the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2010, and the City of West Hollywood’s Rainbow Award and Citation in 2013.




Start: November 12, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 12, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

November 9, 2014

Author two-fer with Ron Suresha at BGSQD!

Join us for a night of bawdy folklore and wintering bears, as Ron Suresha presents two books coming out this November.
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First is Suresha’s new collection of Turkish folk humor, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddinfrom Lethe Press, the sequel to his 2001 award-winning book of humor, The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. These authentic, hilarious “Naughty Nasruddin” stories deal with tabu topics such as bisexuality, adultery, incest, bestiality, and violence. Repressed for centuries for moralistic reasons, many are being published in an English trade book for the first time. Come prepared to be amused and astounded.


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The author will also read from the new anthology, The Bears of Winter, edited by Jerry L. Wheeler (who lives in Denver and cannot attend), published by the Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press, which Suresha edits. Listen to excerpts from growlingly sexy bearotica sure to make your fur thicken.

Following the reading, Suresha will answer questions and sign copies of his books.



Ron J. Suresha’s published nonfiction works include: a self-published beverage recipé book, Mugs o’ Joy: Delicious Hot Drinks (1998, reprinted 2013); an acclaimed 2002 book on the worldwide gay and bisexual men’s Bear subculture, Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions (revised edition, Bear Bones Books, 2008); and two anthologies, Bi Men: Coming Out (edited with Pete Chvany, Haworth/Routledge, 2006), and Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (Routledge, 2010), both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. He also authored with Scott McGillivray a 2012 pictorial book with essays, Fur: The Love of Hair (Bruno Gmünder), winner of a Rainbow Book Award. Suresha, who resides with his husband in central western Connecticut, also writes and edits fiction under the pseudonym R. Jackson, and is the Cofounder and Acquisitions Editor of the Bear Bones Books imprint of Lethe Press.




Start: November 9, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 9, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

November 8, 2014

Newfangled 4: Robert Siek Hosts Nick Comilla, Jameson Fitzpatrick, & Christopher Soto

Join us for the 4th installment of Newfangled, poetry readings by emerging poets hosted by Robert Siek. Newfangled 4 features Nick Comilla, Jameson Fitzpatrick, & Christopher Soto.



Nick Comilla

Born on a military base turned ghost town in Rome, NY, NICK COMILLA currently lives in NYC. He holds an MFA in poetry/fiction from The New School. His poems have appeared in Assaracus, Poetry Is Dead, Lambda Literary, and HOMO Magazine. He is currently working on his first book project, Ghosts of Montreal. You can check out more of his work here and sometimes here.



JAMESON FITZPATRICK is the author of the chapbook Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications), and his poems have appeared in The Awl, The American Reader, The Literary Review, and Poetry, among elsewhere. He holds a BA and an MFA from New York University, where he now teaches in the Expository Writing Program.


Christopher Soto

CHRISTOPHER SOTO (aka Loma) is a queer latin@ punk poet and prison abolitionist. They are currently curating Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. They have work published in Columbia: A Journal, Acentos Review, Anti-, and more. They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.



ROBERT SIEK is the author of the poetry collection Purpose and Devil Piss (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and the chapbook Clubbed Kid (New School University, 2002). His poetry has most recently appeared in The Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and VACZINE, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn.





Start: November 8, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 8, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

November 6, 2014

Belladonna* and the Bureau Present: EC Maxe Crandall, Cheena Marie Lo, & Natalie Peart

Join Belladonna* and the Bureau for readings by EC Maxe Crandall, Cheena Marie Lo, & Natalie Peart


Cheena Marie Lo lives in Oakland, CA, where they co-curate the Manifest Reading Series. Their work has been published in 580 Split, La Fovea, The Poetic Labor Project, and the anthology It’s Night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny in Oakland.

EC Maxe Crandall’s chapbook “Together Men Make Paradigms” was published this summer by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. The play premiered at the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place and was short-listed for the Leslie Scalapino Award. A 2014 Poets House fellow, Maxe teaches in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University and is at work on a critical biography called Gertrude Stein and Men.

Natalie Peart is a creative and likes to read tarot cards with her coffee. She co-hosts the Brooklyn Ladies Text-based Salon with poet/mother/person, mother/person/poet, person/poet/mother, Montana Ray.







Start: November 6, 2014 8:30 PM
End: November 6, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free

November 1, 2014


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.

TBD is the theme of the seventh installment of TELL, featuring Hadassah Damien (aka Damien Luxe), Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow, Chris Roberts, and Anita Dolce Vita.

Our host, Drae Campbell just won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico.

She’s going to tell the ‘winning’ story at the next TELL on 11/1.


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Besides winning the 2011 Miss LEZ title, Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in fesivals globally. Drae was dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell throws a monthly party in Brooklyn called PRIME. Check her out online and around town. www.draecampbell.com


Damien Luxe

Hadassah Damien is a multimedia artist & performer, organizer, and writer who you may have encountered onstage as Damien Luxe. Damien entered graduate school to learn about how protest arts work in radical political history and came out with this research. She’s lectured on radicalism in art at Yale, Duke, UT Austin, U of Toronto, and other fancy places as well as on barroom floors, in barns, and in backyards. [She prefers the latter.] She’s co-producer of the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow, the Opentoe Peepshow Salon series, contributes collaborative technology services to many queer, arts, and social justice organizations, and writes about tech, power, perversion, and art at www.femmetech.org



Photo by Stacie Joy

Photo by Stacie Joy

Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow‘s work has been seen on Broadway, Lafayette, Houston, Chrystie, Fulton, N 6th, and many of the finer streets of NYC and beyond. Venues: Dixon Place, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, the Bowery Poetry Club, WoW Theater Cafe, Hey Queen!, Rebel Cupcake, In the Flesh, BAX, the Bureau of General Services: Queer Divison, LaMama ETC. Company member: the Ballez, Butch Burlesque, AO Movement Collective. Works With: Coral Short, Jenny Romaine, Susana Cook, Quito Ziegler, Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky, the Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee. Resident reporter, Sarah Jenny News Network. Reigning dapperQ of the year. Co-curator of Deadline, a queer works-in-progress series. 2012 Hemispheric Institute Affiliated Emerging Artist. Miss JewSA 5772. Bingo host. Clown.



Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is an artist, writer, and chef working on the MIX festival and a forthcoming second zine of ingredient-based adventures in cooking.



Anita Dolce Vita

Anita Dolce Vita is a Clinical Research Nurse by day and a fashion and culture blogger by night. In addition to serving as the Editor in Chief at dapperQ.com, her work has been featured/mentioned in The Huffington Post, Curve, DIVA, Autostraddle, MTV’s After Ellen, Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, HuffPo Live, San Francisco Weekly, Canada’s Globe and Mail, Beijing Review, and Bosnia’s Manjine.BA



Start: November 1, 2014 7:00 PM
End: November 1, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Free