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June 14, 2013

NYC Book Launch for Michael Alago’s Beautiful Imperfections, with guest Mina Caputo


Alago solo

Publicist Andy Reynolds writes:

“Meet photographer and music industry vet Michael Alago (He signed Metallica and Nina Simone, OK?) at the Bureau for the NYC launch of Beautiful Imperfections, his newest book of photographs. He will be joined by special guest Mina Caputo and together they will read selections from their book of poems, observations, and rants: Night Blooming Jasmine Will Never Smell the Same.

Alago’s follow-up to the smoking’ hot Brutal Truth (April 2012, Bruno Gmünder),Beautiful Imperfections is the first commercially published book of photographs shot entirely with the Hipstamatic iPhone camera App (that we know of). The resulting 10″ x 10″ coffee table book contains over 120 tough/tender signature Alago portraits.

After a legendary music career during which he went from booking U2′s first New York City gig at the Ritz at age 21, to hanging out with Mapplethorpe to partying with Iggy Pop and David Lee Roth in the men’s room of the famed Peppermint Lounge, to discovering and signing Metallica, and signing Nina Simone to her last album deal (A Single Woman), Alago turned to photography. We can all thank the Rough Gods that he did.


Mina Caputo solo

One of the biggest voices (and smallest bodies) in rock music today belongs to Brooklyn’s own Mina Caputo. Caputo’s reputation for touching listeners to the very depths of their souls with her poetry and heartrending live performances is well earned – within a single show she is capable of inciting both arena-sized mosh pits and breathless silence. Look for Caputo’s new album As Much Truth as One Can Bear to be released late summer 2013.”



Start: June 14, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 14, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 13, 2013

Poets Adam Fitzgerald, Benjamin S. Grossberg, and Michael Klein read

Adam Fitzgerald’s first book of poems, The Late Parade has just been published by Norton/Liveright. He teaches poetry at Rutgers University and Marymount College, and is the founding editor of Maggy and Monk Books. His poems and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Agricultural Reader, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Poetry, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He lives in the East Village.

Benjamin S. Grossberg‘s books are Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009), winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2007). His poems have appeared widely, in publications including New England Review, North American Review, Paris Review, and Southwest Review, and in both the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His third full-length collection, Space Traveler, will be published by the University of Tampa Press in 2013.

Michael Klein’s second book of poems, then, we were still living (GenPop Books), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and his first book, 1990, tied with James Schuyler to win the award in 1993. His new book, The Talking Day was published in January, 2013 by Sibling Rivalry Press and a collection of short, lyric essays, States of Independence won the 2011 BLOOM Chapbook contest in non-fiction judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez and was published last year. He has also written two memoirs Track Conditions (Lambda Literary Award finalist) and The End of Being Known, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. His poems, essays and interviews with American poets have appeared in American Poetry Review, BLOOM, Fence, Tin House, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. He teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College in Vermont and lives in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Start: June 13, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 13, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
27 Orchard St., NY, NY, 10002, United States

June 9, 2013

Bold Strokes Books Presents 6 Authors

Bold Strokes Books authors Joel Gomez-Dossi, Jane Hoppen, Daniel W. Kelly, Jeremy Jordon King, Nora Olsen, and Andrew J. Peters read at the Bureau.

Joel Gomez-Dossi has done a lot of things in his life, and he’ll even admit to some of them. He started his career as a theater rat, stage-managing productions for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and other professional theaters across the country. He moved over to TV and became a producer and production manager for PBS, and the Emmy Award-winning series Newton’s Apple. When the series ended fifteen years later, he became a freelance writer, working for regional publications across the country and penning an entertainment column for the queer press that ran in twelve states. Now he practices the world’s second oldest profession: telling Stories. His first novel, Pursued, was published in December. Deadly Cult, his second, will be released in August. Joel and his husband live happily ever after in upstate New York.

Jane Hoppen grew up in Wisconsin, served in the U.S. Army, and has been settled in the New York City area for more than two decades. While working as a technical writer for the government and the software industry for more than twenty years, Jane has always done fiction and essay writing on the side and has been published in various magazines, including Room of One’s Own, Off Our Backs, Story Quarterly, The Dirty Goat, Western Humanities Review, Gertrude, PANK, Superstition Review, Thrice Fiction, Helix Magazine, Platte Valley Review, and others. She now focuses primarily on her fiction, and In Between is her first novel, to be published in December 2013.

Daniel W. Kelly is the author of the erotic horror collections Closet Monsters: Zombied Out and Tales of Gothotica and Horny Devils. His stories have appeared in erotic anthologies including Manhandled, Just the Sex, Dorm Porn, Bears, and Best Gay Erotica 2009. His short story “Woof” was awarded the first place honor in the bookpuppy.co.uk erotic writing contest in January 2006.

When not obsessing over his dogs (which is pretty much always), Daniel is a pop culture junkie, stimulating his ADHD by listening to music with a thumping beat and a catchy chorus, playing video games that involve blasting the heads off zombies, and watching bad horror movies in search of scenes featuring hot men. He also writes excessively about these subjects on his website: danielwkelly.com.

Jeremy Jordon King grew up in Southern New Jersey, where his primary life goal was to become a mermaid. When that proved impossible, he decided the next best thing would be to move to New York City and study theater at Marymount Manhattan College. He lived an actor’s life for several years before he began writing. Besides fiction, he dabbles in essays, screen/playwriting, and illustration. He lives in Manhattan.

Nora Olsen is the author of YA novels The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World and Swans & Klons. She was born and raised in New York City and now lives in the Hudson Valley. Her short fiction has appeared in Collective Fallout and the anthology Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction.

Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist, particularly when that twist turns heteronormativity on its head. His début novel The Seventh Pleiade (upcoming from Bold Strokes Books) is about a gay teen who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis. His paranormal fantasy series Werecat was released in May 2013 from Vagabondage Press. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for many publications. He lives in New York City with his partner Genaro and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew and a blog about queer media and fantasy, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com/

Start: June 9, 2013 3:00 PM
End: June 9, 2013 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 7, 2013

Portable Press @ Yo- Yo Labs presents Ivy Johnson and Sara Jane Stoner

Ivy Johnson
Ivy Johnson was born on the open prairie where she picked crocuses as a child. Boog City published her first chapbook in 2011 entitled Walt Disney’s Light Show Extravaganza. Her first book, As They Fall is a collection of note cards for aleatoric ritual and was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in May of this year. She is currently working on a performance poetry manuscript entitled Burn Virtual and lives in Oakland, CA.


Sara Jane Stoner
Sara Jane Stoner is a writer and performer who teaches writing, writing pedagogy, queer theory, and contemporary literature at Brooklyn College and Cooper Union. She has an MFA from Indiana University and is a PhD student in English at CUNY Graduate Center. Her work has been or will be published in Spinning Jenny, Diagram, Sententia, ESQUE, and Fence. Her first book of writings will be published by Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs in the near future.

For more about Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs click here.



Start: June 7, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 7, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 6, 2013

Opening Reception for Goodyn Green’s Catalog

Strange Loop Gallery and the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division proudly present Catalog, an exhibition of photographs by Goodyn Green. Curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum, Strange Loop Gallery.

Goodyn Green was born in Denmark and lives and works in Berlin, where she gets her inspiration from the queer scene. It’s mostly there she finds her models.
The Catalog is presented by Bend Over Magazine and was first published in November 2011. It consist of nude photos of queer women inspired by poses as seen in gay magazines. Copies of The Catalog are available for purchase at the Bureau.

June 6-30
Opening June 6th , 6-9pm
with special guest Diana Joy performing!

“Diana Joy is a gypsy eurotrash beast with the intention of ruling the world in style via ritualistic music video and performance”.

Diana Joy
Start: June 6, 2013 6:00 PM
End: June 6, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Strange Loop Gallery/Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
27 Orchard St., NY, NY, 10002, United States