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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

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June 28, 2013

Simon Jacobs, Basil Papademos, and Eric Sasson Read at the Bureau

Simon Jacobs is a young writer from Ohio. He curates the Safety Pin Review, a wearable medium for work of fewer than 30 words, and his writing has appeared in WeavePaper DartsSteampunk Magazine, and The Norton Anthology of Jealous Ass Bitches.


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Born in Toronto in 1957, Basil Papademos has lived in Montreal, London, Athens, Istanbul, Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles. He currently resides in Bangkok. After more than twenty-five years as a narcotics addict and drug retailer, occasional sex worker and sometime procurer, Basil went to Thailand in 2011 to clean up and finish writing his novel, Mount Royal: There’s Nothing Harder Than Love.

The treatment worked. He is currently completing his next novel, How To F*ck Your Psychiatrist, coming out in the fall of 2013. Basil is a regular contributor to Sabotage Times, Modern ViewPoint magazine and Open Book Toronto.


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Eric Sasson writes “Ctrl-Alt,” a column on alternative culture for the Wall Street Journal. His short story collection, Margins of Tolerance, was the 2011 Tartt First Fiction Award runner-up and was published by Livingston Press in May 2012. His stories have been nominated for the Robert Olen Butler prize, the Pushcart prize, and one is in The Best Gay Stories 2013. Other recent publication credits include pieces in The New Republic, Independent Ink. Explosion Proof, Connotation Press, BLOOM, Nashville Review, The Puritan, Liquid Imagination, and THE2NDHAND, among others. In 2012 he was awarded a Tennessee Williams scholarship to the Sewanee Writers Conference as well as residency fellowships to Ragdale and the Hambidge Center. He received his MA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught fiction writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in Brooklyn, where he was born, bred, and still resides.

Start: June 28, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 28, 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 27, 2013

Randy L. Schmidt on Karen Carpenter’s life and work

Randy L. Schmidt is the author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter  (2010) and the editor of Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader (2012), both published by Chicago Review Press. Schmidt will read from both books and discuss Karen Carpenter’s life and work.

Schmidt served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including those for E! True Hollywood Story, A&E’s Biography and VH1’s Behind the Music. He is also a music educator. Schmidt lives near Dallas,Texas.

Read Schmidt’s article on Karen Carpenter in The Advocate, “Karen Carpenter: Unlikely Gay Icon.” This article was published this past February on the 30th anniversary of her 1983 death from anorexia nervosa.

Joining Schmidt for this special evening of music and memories will be Mary Edwards, a composer, musician, arranger, producer and sound artist whose projects range from recordings “evocative of epic cinematic soundtracks combined with lyrical intimacy…” (Time Out NY), to ambient installations—sound as a spatial form—that create nature, architecture and cinema for the ear. More info: http://maryedwardsmusic.com/


Start: June 27, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 27, 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 26, 2013

Pride by Papercut

In celebration of NYC Pride, Papercut Press presents an evening of readings, performances, and visual art by some of our favorite queer artists and authors. The event will be moderated by Papercut author m. craig.


Rami Shamir is the author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE and the co-founding editor of Underground Editions. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, Shamir’s writings have appeared in Adbuster’sEvergreen Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. TRAIN TO POKIPSE was the last editorial project for legendary publisher Barney Rosset, who said “TRAIN TO POKIPSE is a Catcher in the Rye for the new century, and Rami Shamir is an authentic literary voice for a new lost generation.” Shamir has just concluded a thirty-city, indie-books distro tour with fellow indie author m. craig. He is a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award for fiction.


JASON NAPOLI BROOKS‘ fiction and essays have appeared in various publications, including Ninth LetterH.O.W.El Pais, and Asymptote. An excerpt of his novel Shelter was the recipient of the The Chapbook Award for Best Fiction of 2007. He is also the author of the internationally-distributed serial Cock of the Walk. In September 2013 Brooks’ play Women at the End of the World, starring Parker Posey and John Cameron Mitchell, will debut in Provincetown.


Buzz Slutzky is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. Buzz primarily integrates drawing, poetry, and video art with themes of identity, social interaction, voyeurism, and gender performance. A former Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, Buzz currently work as Program Assistant at Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the JCC Manhattan and will be studying at Parsons in the MFA Fine Arts program. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Buzz’s work has been shown at La Mama’s SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance, The MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Dixon Place, and Ed. Varie Gallery. Their projects have been written about by Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, and NEXT Magazine. Buzz’s collaboration with LJ Roberts The Queer Houses of Brooklyn is the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Sami Nichols is a Virginia-raised, guitar strumming vagabond who takes inspiration from blues and hip hop to tell stories in song.


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Gizelle Peters

Start: June 26, 2013 6:00 PM
End: June 26, 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 22, 2013

Str8 Boy Div: Schluter, Kaplan, Card

Andrew Durbin presents:

Str8 Boy Div: Schluter, Kaplan, Card


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Kit Schluter is translator of works by Pierre Alferi, Danielle Collobert, Gherasim Luca, Claudio Parmiggiani, Jaime Saenz, Marcel Schwob, and Amandine André, whom he is translating in collaboration with Jocelyn Spaar. Recent poems of his own are in or forthcoming in Death & Life of Great American Cities, Interrupture, Sun’s Skeleton, and Boston Review. With the Philadelphia poet Andrew Dieck, he co-edits O’clock Press and its review of writtens, CLOCK (.pdf’s 0.00 USD @ www.oclockpress.com).



Josef Kaplan is the author of Democracy Is Not for the People (Truck Books, 2012).



Macgregor Card is the author of Duties of an English Foreign Secretary, which won the 2009 Fence Modern Poet Series, and The Archers. From 1997-2005 he co-edited The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research with Andrew Maxwell.



Start: June 22, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 22, 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 21, 2013

NYC Book Launch of The Martin Duberman Reader

Martin Duberman will read from The Martin Duberman Reader, and he will answer questions from the audience.

The Martin Duberman Reader: The Essential Historical, Biographical, and Autobiographical Writings (The New Press, May 2013) chronicles Duberman’s great works: his historical writings, from the Northern response to slavery to the Stonewall Riots; biographical work such as his writings on Howard Zinn; memoirs on topics such as life in the theatre to the AIDS epidemic; and political and activism issues ranging from the development of gay rights in the United States to American affairs with Cuba. The collection is rich and resonating, an invaluable piece for any who want expert insight into some of the most tumultuous and crucial social reforms of our time.

In the dawn of monumental reforms for gay rights in America and across the world, Duberman’s meditations have never been more relevant. Artfully written and wonderfully accessible, The Martin Duberman Reader will appeal to loyal readers as well as those experiencing his work for the first time.


Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the CUNY Graduate School, where he founded and for a decade directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The author of more than twenty books, Duberman has won a Bancroft Prize and been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.

Start: June 21, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 21, 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