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March 15, 2013

Readings by Martin Hyatt, Luis Jaramillo, and Andrew Zornoza

Meet three of NYC’s freshest, most buzzed about, original literary voices when Martin Hyatt, Luis Jaramillo, and Andrew Zornoza take the stage at the Bureau to share their latest work.  

Martin Hyatt is the recipient of an Edward F. Albee Writing Fellowship and The New School Chapbook Award for fiction. His debut novel, A Scarecrow’s Bible, was published May 2006.  It was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association and won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction.  In addition, it was nominated for the Ferro-Grumley Award, a Lamda Literary Award, and the Violet Quill Award.  He was named a “Star of Tomorrow” by NY Magazine.  His new novel, Beautiful Gravity, is forthcoming.  He is also currently completing a memoir entitled Greyhound Boy, 1976.  His work has appeared in several award-winning anthologies.  He has taught writing at such places at Hofstra, Parsons, and St. Francis College. He is currently Associate Professor and Founding Coordinator of The Writing Center at ASA College in NYC.

Luis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. Luis’s work has also appeared in Open CityGamers (Soft Skull Press), and Tin House Magazine. He is the Associate Chair of the Writing Program at the New School, where he teaches courses in fiction and nonfiction, and is co-editor of the journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.

Andrew Zornoza is the author of the novel Where I Stay.  His short fiction, essays and photography have appeared in BOMBthe Poetry FoundationGastronomicaSleepingfish, and CapGun, among many others.  He has taught at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and in Parsons Design & Technology MFA program. Born in Houston, Texas, he currently works out of New York City.

Start: March 15, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 15, 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
Cost: Free

March 14, 2013

Cynthia Carr reads from Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

Cynthia Carr was a columnist and arts reporter for the Village Voice from 1984 to 2003. Writing under the byline C. Carr, she specialized in experimental and cutting-edge art, especially performance art. Some of these pieces are now collected in On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century. She is also the author of Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesArtforumBookforumModern Painters, the Drama Review, and other publications. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Carr lives in New York.


About Fire in the Belly

David Wojnarowicz was an abused child, a teen runaway who barely finished high school, but he emerged as one of the most important voices of his generation. He found his tribe in New York’s East Village, a neighborhood noted in the 1970s and ’80s for drugs, blight, and a burgeoning art scene. His creativity spilled out in paintings, photographs, films, texts, installations, and in his life and its recounting—creating a sort of mythos around himself. His circle of East Village artists moved into the national spotlight just as the AIDS plague began its devastating advance, and as right-wing culture warriors reared their heads. As Wojnarowicz’s reputation as an artist grew, so did his reputation as an agitator—because he dealt so openly with his homosexuality, so angrily with his circumstances as a Person With AIDS, and so fiercely with his would-be censors.Fire in the Belly is the untold story of a polarizing figure at a pivotal moment in American culture—and one of the most highly acclaimed biographies of the year. 
“12 Best Books of 2012” – Newsday
“10 Favorite Books of 2012” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Carr’s biography is both sympathetic and compendious; it’s also a many-angled account of the downtown art world of the 1980s . . . [Carr] has seized upon a vivid and peculiarly American story.” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Heartbreaking and unflinchingly honest. Carr has managed to create not only an essential biography but required reading for anyone interested in the ‘80s art world” – Christopher Bollen, Interview
“A vivid portrait of the artist as a young man . . . It’s no surprise that Carr writes perceptively about Wojnarowicz’s art and the era’s ‘culture wars.’ But she also is exceptionally good at fleshing out her subject as a person . . . Carr has resurrected him . . . fully and hauntingly.” – Tom Beer, Newsday
“A beautifully written, sympathetic, unsentimental portrait of one of the most lastingly influential late 20th century New York artists.” – Chris Kraus, Los Angeles Times

Start: March 14, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 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

March 13, 2013

Contributors to The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves

Readings by contributors to The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves, edited by Sarah Moon.

Confirmed readers:

Sarah Moon is a teacher, writer, and translator. She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. She teaches at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.

James Lecesne is an actor, writer, and activist. His Academy-Award winning short film, Trevor, inspired the founding o the The Trevor Project. In addition to his career as an actor, he has written for TV and he performed several of his own one-man shows, including Word of Mouth, which won a New York Drama Desk Award.

An essaysit and reporter, Paula Gilovich has contributed to the New York TimesAllure, and the Stranger. Her plays include Le Roy, Le Roy, Le Roy; Water to Breathe; and Queertopia. At About Face Theatre, she worked as a writer and director for the creation of new main-stage and touring plays about the lives and experiences of queer youth.

Linda Villarosa runs the journalism program at the City College of New York in Harlem. Her novel Passing for Black was published in 2008.

Description of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves 
Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors. If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won’t remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-four award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself.

Start: March 13, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 13, 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

March 10, 2013

Poet Dean Kostos reads at the Bureau

Dean Kostos will read from his recent book of poetry, Rivering, and from a forthcoming book.

Dean Kostos’s collections include Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and the chapbook Celestial Rust. He co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers (a Lambda Book Award finalist) and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations). His poems have appeared in over 300 journals and anthologies, such as Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Stranger at Home, Token Entry, Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site Oxygen.com. His choral text, Dialogue: Angel of War, Angel of Peace, was set to music by James Bassi and performed by Voices of Ascension. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard UP Web site, in Talisman, and elsewhere. He has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School of NYU, The City University of New York, and he has served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown Awards. A recipient of a Yaddo fellowship, he also serves on the editorial board of Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora. His poem “Subway Silk” was recently translated into a film by Canadian filmmaker Jill Clark.

 Read Michael T. Young’s review of Rivering in Taos Journal of Poetry and Art.

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

March 9, 2013

Jillian McManemin and Rbt. Sps. hosted by Joseph Whitt

Jillian McManemin and Rbt. Sps.

An Evening of Recitation and Song

hosted by Joseph Whitt

Jillian McManemin (b.1989 Englewood, New Jersey) is a multimedia artist who utilizes spoken word, video, and performance. Her work investigates the emotional structure of specific, often colorful characters in an attempt to reveal the ubiquity of heartache within a society of desire and longing. She graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute, and has presented work at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Brooklyn Fireproof (Brooklyn, NY), and Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY).  She also starred in a feature film called “The Cruel Tale of The Medicine Man” (2012) written and produced by “The Slipper Room”’s James Habacker and directed by Maria Beatty. She is currently co-creating a play and short film under the alias “The Honeymoon Heart Revival.”

Rbt. Sps. (b. 1984, Paducah, Kentucky) is a multimedia artist, writer and performer. As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, Sps.’s work deals predominately with rural eccentricities and extremes viewed through an autobiographical lens. His work has been featured in the Wiener Künstlerhaus (Vienna, Austria), P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC), Interstate Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Antena Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), and Space 204 at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee). His video series, This New Sitcom, will be featured in NYC’s Moving Image Contemporary Art Video Fair, March 7-10, 2013.

During the evening, Sps. will be offering his zine “Selected Video Stills 2004-2012″ (signed/numbered in an edition of 50) for sale. 


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