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July 10, 2013

Celebration of Annie Lanzillotto’s Schistsong

Book blast party & reading for Annie Lanzillotto‘s book of poems, Schistsong with introduction by Rosette Imperato. Come toast the book.

Annie is joined by special guests: Emily Kunkel, Rose Imperato on Sax.

Members of Annie’s class, LITERARY OUTLAWS FOR LIBERATION, will also read.


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by Annie Rachele Lanzillotto

An urban songline of New York. From the author
of the memoir L is for Lion, comes a panegyric of
the geology of Manhattan. ese poems glitter.
Manhattan schist is rendered as a template for the
skyline and characters of New York. Grit and stardust
collide in this debut collection of poetry and song.
e book begins with the bright re ective quality of
Mica and ends with the gentri ed vision of the city
where “New York is nine millions doors, and you have
not one key.” In between are stories of urban icons:
iceman, sh peddler, heart butcher, meter maid, San
Gennaro, the magic of grandmothers’ hands, the
vision of the oldest living tree in the city, immigrants
who fell out windows and died in explosions, Italian
phrases that link the essence of the sun to a rose to a
heart, crushed tomatoes, sunsets, supermarkets, the
glory of hot tar, the lessons of marines and lesbians.
You will learn history and geology, Italian American
heroes, and spiritual imperatives, through the syllables
of this one poet’s soul.


“Stunning in its originality, Annie Lanzillotto’s poetic voice is musical, energetic, wise, and compassionate. In Schistsong, Annie Lanzillotto creates a rhythmic love letter to New York with vivid, evocative poems that showcase unforgettable people, while encompassing history, science, geography, medicine, and geology.”

– MARIA FAMÀ, Author of Mystics in the Family, and Looking For Cover


Schistsong, Annie Lanzillotto’s astounding collection of poems is big and dense and speaks in a New York accent forged in the bedrock that predates the history of this great city, the metamorphic rock that is older than New York, older than Italy, many millions of years old. ‘Find your inner schist,’ your bedrock, this poet urges. Sprinkled with liberal handfuls of shiny mica, these poems are meant to kick and stomp and make sure you know they’re here. They come direct from the ‘heel of the boot’ as it was planted in the Bronx, New York.”

– ROSETTE CAPOTORTO, Author of Popbeads, and Bronx Italian


“A cacophony of bold urban verse, where we hear the barking fish vendors and shaky war veterans, the bitter iceworkers and lustful dykes looming on the docks. Lanzillotto’s witty slang cuts over the traffic, it whistles, sings; this is her testimony of a place and time where L’America beckons out immigrant Bronx soul windows, where words and rhythms are constructed of that glittering truth that makes the concrete mountains of Manhattan possible –schistpoetry!”

–TIM Z. HERNANDEZ, American Book Award winning poet and novelist, Author of Natural Takeover of Small Things


“Lanzillotto’s words’ skin can be tough as the leather used by immigrant shoemakers, and ring metallically as her father’s iceman tongs. At the core of it all is the tenderness of ripe, fresh crushed tomatoes. A seasoned performer as well as poet, Lanzillotto’s poetry appeals to the ear as well as the eye, intellect, and heart. These poems, all 15,164 words of them, are without a doubt among the finest I’ve ever read from any literary era.”

–ROSEMARY PETRACCA CAPPELLO, Poet, Writer, and Editor of Philadelphia Poets



Start: July 10, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 10, 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

July 9, 2013

Book Club Meets to Discuss James Baldwin’s Another Country

Book Club meets at the Bureau to discuss James Baldwin‘s Another Country. All are welcome. Beer, wine, and sparkling water served, as always.



Start: July 9, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 9, 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

July 7, 2013

Edmund White Presents 4 Poets: Lonely, Fitzgerald, Nikolopoulos, Gerevich

Join us at the Bureau as acclaimed author Edmund White (A Boy’s Own Story) presents four of his favorite young and emerging queer poets: Lonely Christopher (Death & Disaster Series); Adam Fitzgerald (The Late Parade); Angelo Nikolopoulos (Obscenely Yours); and special guest, all the way from Hungary, Andras Gerevich (Tiresias’s Confession). Introductions by Edmund White. After party with dancing and revelry surely to follow at the bar Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie Street).


Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of 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 forthcoming film credits include the feature length MOM, which he wrote and directed, and the shorts We Are Not HerePetit Lait, and Life of the Misanthrope. His first poetry collection, Death & Disaster Series, will be released this year by Monk Books. He lives in Brooklyn.


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.


Angelo Nikolopoulos‘ first book of poems is Obscenely Yours, winner of the 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award (Alice James Books 2013). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Best New Poets 2011, Boston Review, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, The New York Quarterly, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is a winner of the 2011 “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest and the founder of the White Swallow Reading Series in Manhattan. He teaches at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and lives in New York City.


Andras Gerevich was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976. He is just finishing his fourth book of poems in his native Hungarian, due out this fall. A book of his poetry in English translation, Tiresias’s Confession, came out in 2008. He has also published widely in journals and his work is translated into over a dozen languages. He has been a guest at a number of international literary and poetry festivals, and several artists’ residencies, including the legendary Yaddo in New York and the Akademie Solitude in Germany. Besides writing poetry Gerevich scripted several prize-winning short animations produced in the UK, and his plays were performed in Budapest and read in London. He also published essays and stories, and translated a number of English-speaking poets into Hungarian, including Seamus Heaney and Frank O’Hara, and a book by the filmmaker David Lynch. He was editor for two literary journals: Kalligram in Budapest and Chroma in London, an assistant producer for the radio program Poetry by Post for the BBC World Sevice, and was also the President of the József Attila Kör, the Hungarian young writers’ association from 2006 for a three year term.



Start: July 7, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 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

July 6, 2013

Queer Film Summer Camp: Pasolini’s Salò, Presented by Newton

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and Peter M. Hargrove, President of Hargrove Entertainment, Inc., proudly present Queer Film Summer Camp, a series devoted to queer films or films viewed queerly.  Queer Film Summer Camp will take place at the Bureau on eight Saturday evenings in July and August. An exciting array of film critics and historians along with other queer and queer-friendly NYC-based arts professionals will introduce each film with a brief lecture.

To open the series we will present Pier Paolo Pasolini‘s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975). Greg Newton, the Bureau’s Minister of Propaganda, will introduce the film.

Suggested donation of $10
Drinks will be served at 7 PM
The introductory lectures will begin at 8 PM

Link to IMDB page on Salò

Greg Newton recently abandoned a dismal career in academia to co-found, with his partner Donnie Jochum, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, where he serves as Minister of Propaganda.

Start: July 6, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 6, 2013 10:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

July 5, 2013

Queer Division VI: Cecilia Corrigan, Evan Kennedy, CAConrad

Andrew Durbin presents:

Queer Division VI: Cecilia Corrigan, Evan Kennedy, CAConradCA in showercapCAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He has five full-length poetry collections, the most recent is A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012). The Book of Frank (Wave Books) has been translated into German, Spanish, and most recently Swedish. He is a 2011 Pew Fellow, a 2013 Banff Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2012 and 2013 visiting faculty member for the Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. You can find his poems here.

Evan KennedyEvan Kennedy is a poet and bicyclist who lives in San Francisco. He is the author of Shoo-Ins to Ruin (Gold Wake Press) and Us Them Poems (BookThug). Terra Firmament is forthcoming from Krupskaya.


Cecilia CorriganCecilia Corrigan lives in New York. Her first book Titanic was awarded the Plonsker Prize, and will be published by &Now Books in 2014. Her current research interests include Alan Turing, immaturity, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s adolescence, Alice James, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and therapeutic cosmetics. Her work has appeared in The Journal, Death and Life of American Cities, O’Clock Press, The Awl, The Nicola Midnight St. Claire, Glitterpony, and Emergency Index. She wrote for HBO’s show Luck.


Start: July 5, 2013 7:00 PM
End: July 5, 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