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We’re Still Here East Coast Launch Party!

Stacked Deck August 18

  Stacked Deck Press takes Manhattan! Come to the East Coast Launch Party for We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division! Join Jeanne Thornton and Tara Madison Avery for trans comics and adult refreshments! Get your copy of this groundbreaking anthology at the Bureau! To reserve a copy [...]

Sat. Aug 18, 2018 8:00 PM


March 29, 2014

The Bureau at the Rainbow Book Fair

Join the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at the 6th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair! We’ll be at table 59.

Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019
(between 9th and 10th Avenues)
$3 Admission suggested donation

The Rainbow Book Fair is seeking volunteers to help facilitate all of the activities of the day. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the online form.

Note: The Bureau will remain open for regular business hours, 1 to 7 PM, at our 83A Hester Street location.



Start: March 29, 2014 12:00 PM
End: March 29, 2014 6:00 PM
Venue: Holiday Inn Midtown
440 West 57th Street, New York , NY, 10019, United States
Cost: $3 Admission suggested donation

March 28, 2014

Born After 1989

Tonight’s poetry reading is in conjunction with the renowned exhibition, “Poetry Will be Made for All,” at the LUMA/Westbau exhibition space, within Löwenbräukunst, in Zurich, Switzerland curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, Danny Snelson and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Tonight’s reading will be hosted by Felix Bernstein, Skyped in to Zurich, photographed by ArtForum, with press from the Village Voice, Rhizome, Frieze, and n+1 in attendance. All of tonight’s readers will be profiled in jacket 2. Two of tonight’s readers will be selected by Obrist for profile pieces in Bomb Magazine. Several audience members will also be selected to participate in a roundtable discussion for Grey Room (MIT Press) on ‘audiences in the age of digital poetics.’




Jameson Fitzpatrick lives in New York, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Awl, The American Reader, The Los Angeles Review, and POETRY, among elsewhere.




Deanna Havas was born in New York City in 1989, where she currently lives and works. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. In 2012 she exhibited in a solo exhibition at NP Contemporary Art/Envoy Enterprises in New York. Some of her recent exhibitions include a commissioned piece for Rhizome’s The Download and an e-book published through Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York. She also recently completed a residency at the LUMA /Westbau as part of the 89+ project in Zürich.



Cornelia Barber is the author of ‘Before I Am Lost’ a critical novella. Her latest work is a set of poems, Grace Holes, on the dialectics of pleasure, god and form. “his ass holes running spectacular juices / moaning for affection as if / it is you that must cradle him / bandage his wounds that / he made himself. / Impulse will infiltrate the surface of whatever / form you find yourself consumed by.”


Gil Lawson is a writer from Santa Fe, NM. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, n+1, Triple Canopy, Metazen, KTBAFC, and others. He received the Bard College Written Arts Prize in May of 2013.


Paco Catart is a musician and writer. “KccLhhlckk- and there’s the hateful pink jelly / broken into bits / like a shattered bottle of frozen cough syrup / or human mucus. / There’s the jelly / beneath my sneaker.” pacocathcart.bandcamp.com


Joshua Kleinberg is a barback, an MFA candidate in Poetry & Translation at Columbia University and the curator (with Dana Jaye Cadman) of Banquet Reading Series in Brooklyn. His work has received awards from Ohio State University and The Academy of American Poets and has been anthologized in Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (2012, MTV Books).



Cassie Seltman’s book is called Palimpsest: Columbus. “A sneeze in my nose.   Spit,   mom says. I spit. Mom pokes at the spit with her fingers. She opens the tissue blown into,   it’s definitely green. You have something. If you were healthy it would be paler. More yellow.


Clara Lipfert is a writer and performer whose work has been featured in Illuminati Girl Gang, the Scrambler, and MIX NYC. As one half of the curatorial/performance project HAG, she has performed at Grace Exhibition Space and the Invisible Dog Art Center. She also writes reviews for the Helix Queer Performance Network. hagcollective.tumblr.com








Start: March 28, 2014 8:00 PM
End: March 28, 2014 11:55 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 23, 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.

Summer is the theme of the second installment of TELL.

Featuring special guests:

Camille Atkinson 
Susana Cook
Katrina del Mar
Marcus Hicks

This event is free. We will pass a hat on behalf of the performers.

The Bureau is not wheelchair accessible–up one flight of stairs.

The Bureau has a gender-neutral bathroom.

About the featured guests:



New York vocalist Camille Atkinson was born in the Midwest and raised in New Orleans. She preforms regularly in the New York area with rockNrollNsoul band Empire Beats , co-writing songs, and co-producing the monthly Juke Joint Revue at the Parkside Lounge with Mark Boquist. She’s become a popular hostess in the NY Burlesque scene, and is always looking to take It to the next level. She came in second this Year in Murray Hill’s Miss LEZ pageant and she wants to cook for you.



Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years. She has presented over 17 original plays in New York and around the world. Susana writes and directs all her shows and performs in them with her company . Her work is bold, cleverly tackling racism, homophobia and animal rights.  Her cast is comprised mostly of minority and queer women.  Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep, Theater for the New City, The Puffin Room and The Kitchen. She also performed internationally in Spain, France, India,  Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and at several colleges and universities around the country.

Some of her latest  plays are : We Are Caligula, The Funeral of the Cow, The Homophobes, The Fury of the Gods, Homeland Insecurities,  The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination and Tango Lesbiango

Her work is archived at the Digital Video Library of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of New York University.



Photo by Daniel Jack Lyons

Photo by Daniel Jack Lyons

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful” exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.” Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS was presented in January 2013 at Participant Inc. in New York. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever “Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop,” also in 2010. In 2012, she presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000 with Dona Ann McAdams, On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work has shown at Deitch Projects, NY; Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France; American Fine Arts Company, NY; Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Miami Light Project; P.S.122, NY; FabLab, Berlin; and the University of Cardiff, Wales.

Her first film, Gang Girls 2000, shot entirely on super 8mm film, received a four and a half star review in Film Threat magazine, among other glowing reviews, inviting comparisons to the legendary Kenneth Anger. The follow up, Surf Gang, about a gang of women surfers from Rockaway Beach, landed del Mar a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival 2006, and was screened at the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France.

Her latest film project, Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever, completes the Girl Gang Trilogy and was the recipient of the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit. Recent screenings include Girl Gang Trilogy, Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012; Super 8 Film Portraits, curated by Stephanie Gray, Millennium Film Workshop, NY, 2012; Surf Gang (excerpt), Sound & Light, and winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012; Girl Gang Trilogy, Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; and Girl Gang Trilogy, Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012.



Marcus Hicks

Marcus Hicks is a designer/performer living in Brooklyn NY. Originally from Ca. SDNBrooklyn.com




Start: March 23, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 23, 2014 11:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement with Author Ralf Dose

Join author Ralf Dose for a discussion of his new biography of Magnus Hirschfeld: Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement. Ralf Dose illuminates Hirschfeld’s ground-breaking role in the gay liberation movement and explains some of his major theoretical concepts, which continue to influence our understanding of human sexuality and social justice today.


Ralf Dose is the co-founder and director of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft (Magnus Hirschfeld Society) in Berlin. He writes widely on sex education, homosexuality, the gay movement, the history of sex research, and has lectured at the Berlin Free University and Hannover University.





Start: March 23, 2014 2:00 PM
End: March 23, 2014 3:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

March 22, 2014

An intimate evening of readings by Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Kevin Simmonds, and Joseph Whitt

The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division invites you to an intimate evening of readings by Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, Kevin Simmonds, and Joseph Whitt.



Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová is a poet, artist, and a translator living in New York City. Originally from Slovakia, she has performed in venues such as Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club, The Poetry Project, RADAR, SPECTRUM NYC, Strange Maine, Happy Endings, GRRRLS on FILM, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, and others. She was selected as a 2013 Poets House Fellow, and was also the recipient of the 2013 QAM Fellowship. She is currently working on her first full-length novel entitled SHE, and is curator of the WHAT NOW audio anthology supported by the Jerome Foundation and the Raymond Federman Foundation of Experimental Fiction.


Kevin Simmonds is a writer and musician originally from New Orleans. His books include the full-length collections bend to it and Mad for Meat (both from Salmon Poetry), and the edited works Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Ota Benga Under my Mother’s Roof (University of South Carolina). He has composed numerous musical works for voice and chamber ensemble, as well as for stage productions such as Emmett Till, a river and the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. A recipient of fellowships and commissions from Cave Canem, Creative Work Fund, Fulbright, the Pulitzer Center, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, he divides his time between Japan and San Francisco.


Originally from Alabama, Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer and independent curator living and working in New York City. His work has been presented at MOMA PS1, PPOW Gallery, Eyedrum, Deitch Projects, CRG Gallery, Envoy Enterprises, and Interstate Projects, and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, and Sculpture. His writings have appeared in Art Papers, ArtUS, Useless Magazine and K48. He has released two chapbooks of poetry – 09.29.12 and Defriendings (both from T.M.I. Ltd.) – and is currently working on a third.


Publications by the authors will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public.


Start: March 22, 2014 7:00 PM
End: March 22, 2014 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States