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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

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October 27, 2013

The NY Queer Open Mic

Introducing a new monthly reading series at the Bureau: The NY Queer Open Mic! We’re shaking things up a bit / trying to create a space where the community can share poetry and politics.
The first half of the event will be dedicated to folks who come early and scribble on the sign-up list. The second half of the mic will go to our features- Tommy “Teebs” Pico & Alok Vaid-Menon.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has been published in BOMB, [PANK], and THEthe poetry blog. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and is working on Messy Faggot— his first collection of poetry.

Alok Vaid-Menon is a South Asian artivist who has performed & organized with queer movements around the world. They are committed to building radical queer movements and bodies that resist white supremacy and imperialism and like making art that thinks about these, and other what ifs. You can read some of their work at returnthegayze.tumblr.com and queerlibido.tumblr.com.

Your host for the night is Christopher Soto, a queer latin@ poet and current MFA:Poetry candidate at NYU. Event starts at 7pm on Sunday, October 27th, we hope to see you there!

Start: October 27, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 27, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 26, 2013

PROPHET HAS ARISE. a one-night fright by ricci ryder & friends. seating is limited

Watch the trailer here.

Performance begins at 8 sharp.


Start: October 26, 2013 7:30 PM
End: October 26, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 25, 2013

Joanna Hoffman, Stephen S. Mills, and Robert Siek Read at the Bureau

Join us at the Bureau for a reading by three Sibling Rivalry Press poets: Joanna Hoffman, Stephen S. Mills, and Robert Siek.

JoannaHoffmannJOANNA HOFFMAN is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She is a ten-year veteran of the slam poetry community, and is a four time National Poetry Slam finalist. Her work has appeared in decomPPANK, The Legendary, SpindleSinister Wisdom, and in the anthologies Women’s Work (GirlChild Press) and Milk and HoneyA Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (MidSummer Night’s Press). Her full-length book of poetry, Running for Trap Doors, was recently released by Sibling Rivalry Press.


StephenSMillsSTEPHEN S. MILLS holds an MFA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Assaracus, The Rumpus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. His first book, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, is out from Sibling Rivalry Press and was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Poetry Award and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He currently lives in New York City. Website:http://www.stephensmills.com/


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAROBERT SIEK is a poet who lives in Brooklyn and works as a production editor at a large publishing house in Manhattan. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Columbia Poetry Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Court Green, Mary, Assaracus, and Chelsea Station. The New School published his chapbook Clubbed Kid, and his short story “Sixteen” appeared in Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging UndergroundPurpose and Devil Piss is his first full-length collection of poetry, released by Sibling Rivalry Press on October 8, 2013.


Start: October 25, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 25, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 23, 2013

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silence.

A new weekly event at the Bureau. Come read whatever you’re reading in collective silence from 7 to 8. This hour of silent reading will be followed by casual conversations over beer, wine, and sparkling water, by donation as always. Bring your own book or you can borrow or buy a book at the Bureau. The hour of silence will begin promptly at 7, so please arrive early!

Photograph by Ourit Ben-Haim from the photo-blog Underground New York Public Library

Start: October 23, 2013 6:30 PM
End: October 23, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 21, 2013

The Bureau On Hand at Situational Junta: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance

The Bureau will be on hand to sell books at Situational Junta: An Unlikely Diplomatic Alliance

Location: The Bowery Arts + Science at The Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston

Dates: Mondays, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

The first Situational Junta, on Monday, October 21, will feature:

Emcee: Negin Farsad

Main Dish: Artefacting

{Each evening begins with a happy hour from 6pm to 7pm, and a live radio broadcast from 7-8pm.}

Time: 6-8pm



The United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) and the Associação Espaço Cultural Lanchonete (aka Lanchonete) are taking over Bowery Poetry for a series of evening encounters and exchanges, one part happy hour and the other part radio talk show… shaken, stirred, and served straight up on the airwaves! For three evenings this Fall, Situational Junta poses a simple question: If artists are empowered to innovate on a large enough scale to interrupt the status quo, what would that look like?

Antonio Gramsci wrote that “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Situational Junta convenes a cast of unlikely midwives to cross borders and spark whimsy as they search for workarounds (or gambiarra) to the present condition and stoke a hunger for something new. Equal parts salon, happening, cabaret, and fireside chat, Situational Junta is a mash-up of ideas and forms building new alliances and bridging Bowery Poetry’s past to the future.

Description: Each evening is designed as a radio talk show, hosted by an emcee, and featuring a main guest or guests. In addition to their interview-conversation or performance, guests may prompt the audience to speak amongst themselves as music takes over the broadcast. A rotating, intergenerational, interdisciplinary cast of characters round out the hour through a tightly choreographed sequence of commentary, artist work, news flashes, and ‘commercial breaks’. People and projects emerge in unlikely proximity. Music, ideas, and drinks flow and the evening culminates with a soapbox open mic that invites audience members to join the broadcast. The <<main dish>> is surrounded by a sequence of newsflashes, ‘commercial breaks’, and urgent interventions by a retinue of creative schemers and artful dreamers.


Start: October 21, 2013 6:00 PM
End: October 21, 2013 8:00 PM
Venue: The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY, 10012, United States
Cost: $10