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October 29, 2013

Visual AIDS presents: Fairyland Book Club

In her book Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, Alysia Abbott writes about growing up in San Francisco in the 70s and 80s with her father, the writer Steve Abbott. She explores what it was like having a gay dad and the experience of losing him to AIDS just as she was coming into adulthood.

Join Visual AIDS as we discuss the book and talk about the issues the memoir brings up.

RSVP with Ted at tkerr@visualaids.org to receive the discussion guide.

Fairyland cover

ABOUT THE BOOK:
After his wife dies in a car accident in 1973, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child.

Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.

In her teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she befriended—fall ill as “the gay plague” starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then France, her father comes to tell her it’s time to come home; He’s sick with AIDS. She must choose, as her father once did, whether to take on the responsibility of caring for him or to continue the independent life she worked so hard to create.

 Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father is available at the Bureau.

http://www.alysiaabbott.com/books.html

Read an interview between Alysia Abbott and Ted Kerr, programs manager at Visual AIDS: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/08/03/alysia-abbott-a-trip-to-fairyland/

 

Start: October 29, 2013 6:30 PM
End: October 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

October 28, 2013

Book Club Discusses Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes

The next Book Club selection is The HARE WITH AMBER EYES: A HIDDEN INHERITANCE by Edmund de Waal (available at the Bureau). Come discuss the book at the Bureau on Monday, October 28th, at 7!

Start: October 28, 2013 7:00 PM
End: October 28, 2013 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

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
Address:
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
Address:
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
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States