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  New year, new cultural horizon! Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, invites you to an evening of poems and other provocations.     Kay Gabriel is a minor internet personality.   Zachary LaMalfa is a minor internet personality.   David W. Pritchard is a minor internet personality.   A.B. Robinson is a minor [...]

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April 20, 2013

In the Flesh: Hold On

Queer online zine In the Flesh hosts its monthly reading at the Bureau for the sixth consecutive month! This month’s theme is:


In the typing of this introduction many cigarettes were smoked. In the Flesh does not smoke, but bought a pack when it got locked outside of a friend’s apartment and all there was to do was sit on an orange crate and wait outside the building chainsmoking. That is what In the Flesh did. It waited, and looking cool made the waiting more bearable.
The difficulty with HOLDING ON is that it is about being stuck, or it is about not knowing, about trusting without evidence that trust is what’s called for. It is waiting for her to come back on the telephone, it is Wile E. Coyote running in mid-air. Lately, In the Flesh has been wondering: How do you forge ahead when there seems no clear way forward? How do you know when to cut your losses or re-double your efforts?
In the Flesh has a hunch that HOLDING ON comes down, not to truth, but to desire. We hold on to ideas, to things, to people, because we want what they represent to us to be true. Holding on can be an act of jealousy, of purest love, of fear, of deception, or simply, blindness. Sometimes we are rewarded, and sometimes we are punished, but we have no way of knowing in the moment of holding on itself.
Chicano writer José Villarreal writes, “All I can tell you is that you should have faith for the present, and when the time comes when you feel you do not need the belief, the doubts will help you discard it, forgetting the friend it once was to you.”

Come to In the Flesh at the Bureau and hear what contributors have to say about how they held on, how it shook them, and how it shook out.

Erica Cardwell is a queer romantic, educator, and activist. Recently, she served as co-organizer for an anti-violence week of action called, POC Rising– an intercultural, multi-gendered alliance within the platform of Vday’s One Billion Rising campaign. Check it out at -www.pocrising.tumblr.com. Her most recent essay on phonics and feelings entitled, victory,appeared in The Feminist Wire, in January of 2013. Erica lives in the land of make believe in Astoria, Queens. Follow her @theomnivorous

Ella Boureau is a writer, teacher and translator living in New York, Marseille and her own twisted little mind. She runs the monthly reading series and online magazine In the Flesh. She also has a reputation for turning people gay with her presence, at least temporarily. So if you weren’t before, you will be now!

Emily Skillings is a dancer poet poet dancer. She earned her BA from The New School in 2010.  Recent poetry can be read in Bone Bouquet, Lingerpost, Stonecutter, La Fovea, and Maggy. Skillings dances with Saifan Shmerer, the A.O. Movement Collective and The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik). She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. She is a co-curator of the Brooklyn reading series HOT TEXTS with Krystal Languell. In March 2012, she co-organized the festival HOW TO CONTINUE: John Ashbery Across the Arts at The New School with Adam Fitzgerald and Robert Polito.

Start: April 20, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 20, 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

April 19, 2013

Readings in Queer and Trans History by Justin Kim, Noah Lewis, Jerome Murphy, & Joey Plaster

Four New Yorkers bring queer and trans history alive by reading from primary source documents, and discussing what they love about ‘em. Spanning social, legal, literary, and art history, the readers draw on everything from court decisions to personal correspondence.

Come enjoy some soda, wine, beer, and cheese, and get your historical groove on.

Suggested donation of $5 to support Sylvia’s Place emergency shelter for LGBTQ youth. No one turned away.

Justin Kim is a painter who has exhibited primarily across the Northeast, and has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, Smith, and Deep Springs. See his work at justinkim71.blogspot.com.

Noah Lewis is a trans rights attorney who once played poker with Justice Elena Kagan while in law school.

Jerome Murphy is a writer with an MFA from New York University, where he is now Program Administrator of The Creative Writing Program.

Joey Plaster is an independent public historian, radio producer, and journalist. He won the 2010 Allan Bérubé Prize, and is in the American Studies Ph.D. program at Yale.


Hosted by Paul VanDeCarr, a random guy who likes to do these sorts of things. 

Start: April 19, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 19, 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

April 18, 2013

Readings by Gil Cole and David Pratt presented by Chelsea Station Editions

Gil Cole, author of Fortune’s Bastard, or Love’s Pains Recounted, and David Pratt, author of Bob the Book and My Movie, read at the Bureau. Both authors will be introduced by their publisher, Jameson Currier of Chelsea Station Editions.

Please note that William Sterling Walker, originally scheduled to read, will not be able to read at this event.

Steven Mays Photography

Gil Cole graduated from the Juilliard School and acted in several plays of Shakespeare, as well as in many classic and contemporary plays. He currently resides in New York City where he works as a psychoanalyst.  His first novel, Fortune’s Bastard, or Love’s Pains Recounted, is inspired by characters from Shakespeare.

David Pratt, photo by Eva Mueller

David Pratt won a 2011 Lambda Literary Award for his debut novel, Bob the Book. His story collection, My Movie, now out from Chelsea Station Editions, includes new work and draws on short fiction previously published in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Chelsea Station, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly and in the anthologies Men Seeking Men, His3 and Fresh Men 2. Recent anthology publications include The Dirty Diner (ed. Jerry Wheeler; Bold Strokes Books) and The Other Man (ed. Paul Alan Fahey; JMS Books). David has directed and performed his own work for the theater in New York City at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Dramatists Guild, the Flea (as part of a workshop directed by Karen Finley), on WBAI-FM and in the Eighth Annual New York International Fringe Festival. His collaborations with Rogerio M. Pinto include Os Tres Porquinhos, Chapeuzinho Vermelho, and Branca de Neve, Brazilian Portuguese versions of, respectively, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White. In the 1980s, David was the first director of plays by the Canadian playwright John Mighton. David holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. He is currently at work on two more novels and a young adult novella.
Start: April 18, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 18, 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

April 14, 2013

Up My Spot Steals Yr Move

The Bureau is pleased to welcome back Up My Spot for a post-brunch reading. Up My Spot celebrates poetry that queers language, explores modes of representation, and creates sites of non-normative histories, identities, and intimacies. This reading features poems that borrow, revise, and re-appropriate the texts and authors that used us first. Readings by Mia Bruner, Audrey Zee Whitesides, and Nick Von Kleist. The Bureau will serve Bloody Marys and Mimosas in addition to wine, beer, and sparkling and still water for suggested donations of $5.

Mia Bruner grew up in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 2009 to attend The New School where she co-founded The Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading with Jamila Wimberly and Zee Whitesides.  Her work has appeared in Belladonna Chaplet #148, Made of These (Belladonna*, 2013).


Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle.com, Jughead’s Basement, and Seven Stamps among others, and she’s the author of two handmade chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.


Nicholas Von Kleist is a poet and performer who dabbles in a little bit of it all. In immersive theatrics nvk combines poetry, sound, movement and sculpture to generate work that tickles all five senses. nvk’s poetry has been featured in online zines and has read at the Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading and was a regular reader at the Bow Wow at Bowery Poetry Club.


Start: April 14, 2013 3:00 PM
End: April 14, 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

April 11, 2013

Luis Negrón and translator Suzanne Jill Levine read from Negrón’s new collection of stories, Mundo Cruel

Luis Negrón and translator Suzanne Jill Levine read from Negrón’s new collection of stories, Mundo Cruel.

Read the interview with Negron by Bruce Benderson here:


And you can read the title story, Mundo Cruel, here:


LUIS NEGRÓN was born in the city of Guayama, Puerto Rico, in 1970. He is co-editor of Los Otros Cuerpos, an anthology of queer writing from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. The original Spanish language edition of Mundo Cruel, first published in Puerto Rico in 2010 by Editorial La Secta de Los Perros, then by Libros AC in subsequent editions, is now in its third printing. It has never before appeared in English. Negrón lives in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

SUZANNE JILL LEVINE‘s acclaimed translations, which include works by Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Three Trapped Tigers) and Manuel Puig (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth), have helped introduce the world to some of the icons of contemporary Latin American literature. She is also editor of Penguin Classics’ essays and poetry of Jorge Luis Borges and the author of The Subversive Scribe: Translating Latin American Fiction. She is the winner of PEN USA’s Translation Award 2012 for her translation of Jose Donoso’s The Lizard’s Tale.


Start: April 11, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 11, 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