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January 11, 2014

Barry Stewart Levy reads from his book European Son: a novella

Join us for a reading with Barry Stewart Levy from his book European Son: A Novella.                                    

Barry Stewart Levy is a former English teacher who also worked as a Literary Artist for the Cultural Council Foundation/CETA Artists Project, co-authoring the topical revue “New Living Newspaper, Vol. 1, No. 2” (Playwrights Horizons), writing poetry for the anthology “Words to Go” and conducting interviews for the publication Art Workers News. He was a reporter for Gotham Newsmagazine and a freelance game show writer for NBC’s “Shoot for the Stars.” He is the recipient of the Clarence Kline Essay Prize and was a semi-finalist in the Writers Guild of America, East, Fellowship Competition. “European Son: a novella” is his first work of fiction. 

 

Start: January 11, 2014 7:00 PM
End: January 11, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

January 8, 2014

Lonely Christopher’s DEATH & DISASTER SERIES Launch with Uche Nduka and Ariana Reines

Monk Books is proud to present the launch event for Lonely Christopher’s debut poetry collection, Death & Disaster Series. Join Lonely Christopher, Uche Nduka, and Ariana Reines for a poetry reading at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, with revelrous partying to follow!

 

YOUR READERS:

Uche Nduka was born in Umuahia, Nigeria. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Nigeria. His volumes of poetry include Flower Child (1988), Second Act (1994), The Bremen Poems (1995), Chiaroscuro(1007), for which he was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize, If Only the Night (2002),Heart’s Field (2005), Eel on Reef (2007), Tracer (2010), Ijele (2012), and Nine East (2013). His work has been translated into German, Serbo Croatian, Romanian, Spanish, and Dutch. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors and American PEN. He lived in Germany and Holland for over a decade and was the recipient of a Goethe Institut Fellowship and Heinrich Böll Haus Guest Author Fellowship. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Ariana Reines is author of The Cow (2006), winner of the Alberta Prize from Fence Books, Coeur de Lion(2007), and Mercury (2011). Her play Telephone was produced at the Cherry Lane Theater and won several Obie awards. Her translations include a version of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore (2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (2012). Reines was 2009 Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California Berkeley; she has taught master classes at Pomona College, the University of California Davis, and the University of Pittsburgh.

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.

 

THE BOOK:

Lonely Christopher’s debut poetry collection is a sprawling and melancholic confrontation of death in the context of late capitalism. The poet writes through the premature end of his mother’s life and the aftermath, investigating and raging against tragedy and loss. Infused with grief, sorrow, and anger, the series is a raw and deeply personal reckoning with the romantic and profoundly dark themes that crawl under the surface of quotidian awareness, waiting to bleed forth in the wake of death and disaster. Arch and penetrating, these poems collapse attraction and repulsion, joy and misery, origination and destruction—ultimately portraying some of the most underlit elements of our human experience with imaginative clarity.

 

“Aesthetically and polemically these poems heft joy and grief and fury. Politics, romance, wonder suffuse them. Lonely Christopher is a fearless poet par excellence. ‘I am the star of my own truncated privacy’ says the poet. What choice do we have but to heed his appeal: ‘Do not face eternity with your brain.’”  Uche Nduka (author ofIjele and Nine East)

 

OH GOD, I’ve started this blurb so many times! HOW TO SAY HOW essential this writer Lonely Christopher is for our lives!? It’s all between the words, this pressure he builds behind the eyes. Stand anywhere you want with this book inside our headache age of information fatigue, ‘anything in the orange light / of my word for you / anything / to excuse / all the pain.’ DON’T BE STUPID you know as well as I do these poems boil to the top of the gravy!!” – CAConrad (author of The Book of Frank and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon)

 

“‘I/ don’t belong in America I belong/ in love,’ says this provocative poet, but it’s not true: at the same time minimal and raw, smart-set knowing and uninhibited weird, Lonely Christopher belongs anywhere that his poetry can be read. He knows too much and wants to reveal it all (fans of Ariana Reines, or of Eileen Myles, take note). The lines get rough and bloody, rehearsing and repurposing queer revolutions. This book lays bare secrets of our time, halfway between the compression of (say) Robert Creeley and the unmade bed at 3am, from which he looks out the window at (variously) the blank walls that model his free verse, the window of the day before, and the fire across the ledge, the one he almost ‘started/ as a conduit for my love/ and rage.’”  Stephen Burt (author of Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry

 
 
 

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

January 6, 2014

Stories & Queer with Steven Cordova, Shelley Ettinger, Christopher Soto, and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Stories & Queer will hold its first event in NYC at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:00pm (EST).  The event will feature Steven Cordova, Shelley Ettinger, Christopher Soto, and Rosebud Ben-Oni.

The live event will be streamed and archived to our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR-34__YD3WJ9FTGh_E1pwg?feature=

The virtual components of this series are unique and allow us to reach beyond the local borders of the event.

S&Q is a traveling reading series that aims to provide a space for local & national readers/listeners to connect with queer & queer-friendly writers. Our mission is to provide a space for underrepresented voices to be heard and to connect writers and audiences no matter where they are. This series makes a positive contribution to the literary and LGBTQ community by encouraging all people to tell their stories without shame or fear.

S&Q is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Please note: the Bureau is closed on Mondays, but we will open at 6 pm for this event. 

Steven_Cordova

Steven Cordova is the 2012 first-place winner of the International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize. His first full-length poetry collection, Long Distance, was published by Bilingual Review Press in 2010, and his poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A selection from Long Distance was recently set to music for the AIDS Quilt Songbook. Steven lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Shelley Ettinger

Shelley Ettinger‘s work has been published in Nimrod, Cream City Review, Liberation Lit, Blithe House Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly and other journals. She has been awarded residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation Arts Colony, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Norcroft Writing Retreat for Women, and, in 2007, a full scholarship to the first Lambda Literary Foundation Writers’ Retreat. An activist all her adult life, Shelley is a partisan of political poetry and fiction. She’s currently working on a novel suggested by the famous death and secret lesbian life of Kitty Genovese.

 

Christopher Soto
Christopher Soto
(aka Loma) is a queer latin@ punk poet who is concerned with dismantling patriarchy and white supremacy.  They are currently curating Nepantla, an e-journal dedicated to queer poets of color, in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. They have work forthcoming from Columbia: A Journal, Acentos Review,  Anti-, Wilde Magazine and more. They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.

 

Rosebud Ben-Oni

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work is forthcoming or appears in American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. Her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND (herkind.org) at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org). Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: January 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End: January 6, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States

January 4, 2014

The Mancaster Talks with the Organizers of 20SOMETHING

The Mancaster will be talking with the organizers of the Meetup group Gay 20Somethings of NYC. Listen to their chat about the group’s history and what their plan is for the future!

20SOMETHING is a social events organization for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender people in New York City, aged 18 to 33. We are focused on providing a safe space at the LGBT Center for the discussion of topics relevant to people in and around their 20s. Topics vary widely, but the discussion is always lively. While we are based at the LGBT Center, we also host a plethora of other social activities such as movie outings, dinners, coffee, and bar nights.

The Mancaster is a series of podcast interviews with the “mom & pop” business owners, the behind-the-scenes workers, the musicians, the artists, the drag queens, the go-go boys, those who make entertainment possible; hear their voices and listen to their journeys.

 

 

 

Start: January 4, 2014 2:00 PM
End: January 4, 2014 4:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

December 19, 2013

Launch Party for Quito Ziegler’s Zine THROUGH

In conjunction with the photography exhibition QUEEN OF HEARTS and in the general spirit of Getting Shit Done before the year ends, Quito Ziegler (recently proclaimed hermit artist of the year by SF’s Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art) will miraculously complete a zine they’ve been writing for over a year and read selections from it, along with other stories from the Queen of Hearts.

In early 2011 Q.Z. came out as trans, experienced trauma, abruptly stopped taking pictures, became a hermit and hit the road in an unmarked white van called the Pony, taking occasional breaks to organize large-scale queer art happenings with an amazing cast of characters. Beyond these pretty pops of public glamour, their time was mostly spent wandering off in an anti-social haze, generally going through it.

THROUGH is the story-behind-the-story of these past three years, an attempt to articulate their complicated evolution from person to tranimal and the lessons they learned in the process. What begins as an individual story of crisis and resilience evolves into a series of reflections on queer interdependence, structural transphobia, physical transition, and DIY recovery strategies.The writings emerged during travels through dark corners of Brooklyn and Berlin and the sunny meadows of Vermont, with a stint at the fancy MacDowell Colony in winter.

Reading at 7 PM.

A limited-edition zine of this story will be available for sale at the event.

This event is in support of QUEEN OF HEARTS, a photography exhibition at the Bureau.

Darkly glam and quietly intense, The Queen of Hearts, Quito’s upcoming book of photography and writings, is set in the nightclubs and fire escapes of Brooklyn before dawn.

The images were shot over one year, 2010/11, as a collection of queer artists and performers coalesced in the dark – contributing to the cultural explosion we are living through now. Relying on the moon and the disco ball for light, the images are grainy and seductive, dreamy and tender. B&W prints were subsequently hand-painted, hand-sewn, and are presented in hand-made frames.

Images will be on view at the Bureau from December 9 – 31.

after-party : punk/queercore/goth/powerpop gala @ Hank’s!

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Start: December 19, 2013 6:00 PM
End: December 19, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, 10002