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April 13, 2014

Book launch: LOOK WHO’S MORPHING by Tom Cho and AFTER DELORES (25th Anniversary Edition) by Sarah Schulman

Join us for the dual book launch of Look Who’s Morphing by Tom Cho and After Delores (25th Anniversary Edition) by Sarah Schulman.

Special guest Sassafras Lowrey also reads from hir novel Roving Pack.

LOOK WHO’S MORPHING (Arsenal Pulp Press):
First published to great acclaim in Australia, writer Tom Cho’s Look Who’s Morphing is a fresh, hilarious, and dazzingly contemporary collection of micro-fictions that explore the slipperiness of identity, race, and gender.

Like a mad-cap version of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis set against the last 40 years of pop culture, each story in the collection features Cho’s narrator morphing into various familiar and iconic cultural figures from sitcoms, Hollywood movies, anime, music videos, Saturday-morning cartoons, daytime TV talk shows, Nintendo games, and literature.

AFTER DELORES (Arsenal Pulp Press):
In this new edition of Sarah Schulman’s acclaimed 1988 novel, the unnamed narrator is a no-nonsense coffee-shop waitress in New York’s bohemian Lower East Side who is nursing a broken heart after her girlfriend Dolores leaves her for another woman. This hilarious, unpredictable, sexy novel is a fast-paced flashback to the storefronts, underground clubs, and back alleys of the Lower East Side’s lesbian subculture in the 1980s―an electrifying chronicle of New York life featuring an edgy and totally original heroine. Includes a new introduction by Sarah Schulman.

ROVING PACK (Pomo Freakshow):
Click, a straight-edge transgender kid, is searching for hir place within a pack of newly sober gender rebels in the dilapidated punk houses of Portland, Oregon circa 2002. Ze embarks on a dizzying whirlwind of leather, sex, hormones, house parties, and protests until hir gender fluidity takes an unexpected turn and the pack is sent reeling.www.RovingPack.com

TOM CHO is a fiction writer whose work has appeared widely, including in such publications as The Best Australian Stories series, Asia Literary Review and The New Quarterly. Like his favourite pop stars, Tom enjoys trying new guises on for size, and his work has been described as “transgenre, transgender and transcultural all at once.” He has performed his work on the stages of many festivals, from Singapore Writers Festival to Sydney Mardi Gras, and even at a Chinatown bar where he toured Hello Kitty, an award-winning show that combined literature with karaoke. Born and raised in Australia, Tom has applied for permanent residency in Canada. He has a PhD in Professional Writing and is currently writing a novel about the meaning of life. Visit his website at tomcho.com

SARAH SCHULMAN is the author of sixteen books, including the novels The Mere Future, The Child, Rat Bohemia, Shimmer, Empathy, After Delores, People In Trouble, Girls, Visions and Everything, and The Sophie Horowitz Story. She is co-author with Cheryl Dunye of the movies The Owls and Mommy is Coming, and co-producer with Jim Hubbard of the feature United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. She is co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project. She lives in New York, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York (College of Staten Island) and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

SASSAFRAS LOWREY is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored & Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology, and Leather Ever After. Hir debut novel Roving Pack was honored by the American Library Association. Sassafras is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Berzon Emerging Writer Award. Ze lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, two dogs of dramatically different sizes, two bossy cats, and a kitten. www.SassafrasLowrey.com






Start: April 13, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 13, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 10, 2014

Poetry Reading: Charlie Bondhus, Steven Cordova, Walter Holland, and Jee Leong Koh

Poets Charlie Bondhus (All the Heat We Could Carry), Steven Cordova (Long Distance), Walter Holland (Circuit), and Jee Leong Koh (Equal to the Earth) read their work and sign books.

Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013, and is currently a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry. Previously he published How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love—which won Brickhouse Books’s 2008-2009 Stonewall Award—and  Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including Midwest Quarterly, The Hawai’i Review, CounterPunch, The Alabama Literary Review, and Cold Mountain Review, among others. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, and is the Poetry Editor at The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com).


Steven Cordova is the 2012 first-place winner of the International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize. His first full-length poetry collection, Long Distance, appeared in 2010 from Bilingual University Press. His works appear in many journals and anthologies and his poem, “Across a Table,” was recently set to music for the AIDS Quilt Songbook. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Walter Holland, Ph.D., is the author of three books of poetry Circuit (Chelsea Station Editions, 2010), Transatlantic, (Painted Leaf Press, 2001), A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979-1992 (Magic City Press, 1992) as well as a novel, The March (Chelsea Station Editions, 2011). His short stories have been published in Art and Understanding, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and Rebel Yell, Some of his poetry credits include: Antioch Review, Art and Understanding, Barrow Street, Chiron Review, The Cream City Review, Found Object, Pegasus,  Phoebe, and  Poets for Life:76 Poets Respond to AIDS.  He lives in New York City.


Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, including Seven Studies for a Self Portrait (Bench Press). His latest collection The Pillow Book (Math Paper Press) will be translated into Japanese and published by Awai Books in August 2014. He has a new book of poems forthcoming from Carcanet Press in 2015. Born in Singapore, Jee lives in New York City. A curator of the website Singapore Poetry, he is organizing the first Singapore Literature Festival in New York in October 2014.




Start: April 10, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 10, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free

April 9, 2014

Fire in the Belly Reading Group

Join Visual AIDS for a robust conversation about the book, Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by C. Carr. Free. All are welcome. The book is available for purchase at the Bureau.

About the Book:
In December 2010, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington made headlines when it responded to protests from the Catholic League by voluntarily censoring an excerpt of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from its show on American portraiture.

Why a work of art could stir such emotions is at the heart of Cynthia Carr’s Fire in the Belly, the first biography of a beleaguered art-world figure who became one of the most important voices of his generation. Wojnarowicz emerged from a Dickensian childhood that included orphanages, abusive and absent parents, and a life of hustling on the street. He first found acclaim in New York’s East Village, a neighborhood noted in the 1970s and ’80s for its abandoned buildings, junkies, and burgeoning art scene. Along with Keith Haring, Nan Goldin, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wojnarowicz helped redefine art for the times.

As uptown art collectors looked downtown for the next big thing, this community of cultural outsiders was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. The ensuing culture war, the neighborhood’s gentrification, and the AIDS crisis then devastated the East Village scene. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of thirty-seven. Carr’s brilliant biography traces the untold story of a controversial and seminal figure at a pivotal moment in American culture.


Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.




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

A Future Feminist Tea Party to discuss “Angry Women” Part 2

Organized by Quito Ziegler

Part 1: Wednesday, April 2, 4:30-6:30 pm

Part 2: Wednesday, April 9  4:30-6:30 pm

On April 3-6. the HERE Arts Center will present Angry Women REvisited, a fifteen-person ensemble multidisciplinary performance re-exploring the 1990s classic feminist text Angry Women, conceived and directed by J Dellecave.

REsearch Angry Women
Some of us were heavily influenced by the interviews in the original Angry Women text, released in the early 1990s.  Some of us missed the boat entirely.  All of us live in times that are rapidly changing, and the hope is these discussions will help us get our heads around it.

The Future Feminist Tea Party is an open learning space for feminists at all levels of experience, from remedial to academic, that values the intersection of ideas and lived experiences.  We will come together over tea and cake for a hearty discussion of Angry Women, transfeminism, and the evolution of feminism. Participants are encouraged (but not required!) to make a 3-session commitment:

1)  April 2 : Discuss selections from the original text (please come prepared with the questions it raised for you)

2)  Go see the show on your own!

3)  April 9 : Regroup, debrief, process

Tea and cakes will be served. Feel free to stop in late if you must.
5 bucks if you have it
(no worries if you don’t)

Info on the Angry Women performance + fundraiser below!

The Future Feminist Tea Parties are inspired by artist Kembra Pfahler’s idea of future feminism, where “alpha males and male sky gods no longer make all the rules” and binaries no longer exist.

Angry Women REvisited Indiegogo and show dates!

Angry Women REvisited, conceived and directed by J Dellecave, is a fifteen-person ensemble multi-disclipinary performance examining the interviews of badass (and sometimes problematic) activists/artists of the 1990s, through the lens of 2014 ideas about feminism, and grounding our inquiry in the pages of the classic feminist text, REsearch Journal’s Angry Women. We are a queer cast of dancers, filmmakers, theatre makers, theatre scholars, visual artists, puppeteers, animators, musicians, writers, and rabble rousers, across a wide spectrum of genders. The opportunity to work through important ideas with such a diverse cast is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were fortunate to be selected for a performance at HERE, 145 6th Avenue, in Manhattan, April 3-6, 2014. The cast of Angry Women REvisited wants to be able to share all of our work with you and our audience, in its fullest professional capacity, and for that we need the funds to support this project.





Start: April 9, 2014 4:30 PM
End: April 9, 2014 6:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States
Cost: Suggested $5

April 8, 2014

J James comes clean on coming out – Denial Deceit Discovery: Book Reading and signing

Meet the British author behind this year’s most compelling coming out story.  J James will read from his debut book, Denial Deceit Discovery and will then be delighted to sign copies of the book for readers.

Please note: The Bureau is closed on Tuesdays, but we will open at 6 PM for this event, which will begin at 7.

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After over a decade of teaching, educational management and administration, James needed to find an outlet to share his personal story. As a lifelong lover of literature and writing, James has dedicated his career to educating students, helping them develop the tools they’ll need to share their stories in the future.

His first manuscript was inspired by the response James received from the Catholic priest who officiated his marriage annulment. As part of the process, James was asked to submit a small document outlining his feelings about the events that culminated in the failure of his marriage. The priest commented that the piece was the most moving and impactful account he had ever read.  He called it an “inspiration” to other men and women struggling with similar situations.  After exploring many options, James realized that his story could help people to understand the complex issues facing gay men in denial – hopefully, helping to spare others from the heartache he and his loved ones experienced.

James currently lives and works in Southeast Asia.  He enjoys the tropical climate, and the relaxed pace, which has provided him with the opportunity to continue developing ideas for his second novel.







Start: April 8, 2014 7:00 PM
End: April 8, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States
Cost: Free