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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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March 21, 2013

Queer Division III: celebrating the release of Rachel Levitsky’s new book, The Story of My Accident Is Ours, just out from Futurepoem

Andrew Durbin presents Queer Division III: celebrating the release of Rachel Levitsky‘s new book, The Story of My Accident Is Ours, just out from Futurepoem
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Besides her first novel, brand spanking newly out from Futurepoem, and called The Story of My Accident is Ours, Rachel Levitsky is the author of two previous books called poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009). She is the founder of the feminist avant-garde network, Belladonna* Collaborative. In 2010 with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), a mobile research unit variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, NYC and the Universität Leipzig in Leipzig. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.


erica kaufman is the author of censory impulse (Factory School 2009) as well as several chapbooks. her most recent project is called INSTANT CLASSIC. she lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Baruch College and the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College.


Michelle Betters is a poet living in Brooklyn. She’s a student at Pratt Institute where she curates Ubiquitous, the literary and arts magazine. Since moving here from Georgia in 2010, she’s been involved in various projects with OWS, the Office of Recuperative Strategies, and Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok. Her most recent project was a chapbook entitled OCD the Vampire Slayer, which Joss Whedon has yet to respond to despite the multiple copies she’s sent to him.

Start: March 21, 2013 7:00 AM
End: March 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

March 16, 2013

In the Flesh monthly reading: Transitional Life

The queer online zine In the Flesh returns to the Bureau for its fifth consecutive monthly reading at the Bureau!

Transitional Life

Maybe you’ve just moved to a new city and are staying with your cousin in his one bedroom at the exact moment that he and his girlfriend are trying to get pregnant and you are frequently asked to leave the apartment because she is ovulating. “No problem. So, I’ll just step out for a half hour or so?”

Or perhaps you’ve started a temp job in Midtown and find yourself staring into a bowl of beernuts at PJ Moran’s with your co-workers, seriously considering going home with Awkward John, just to confirm your lesbianhood once and for all.

OR Maybe you finally worked up the nerve to wear those new stockings and short skirt out in public, and you notice there is a tiny hole in the stockings and how could that be possible because you just bought them so you are too busy being upset about that damn hole and how it could have gotten there to be nervous about whether you pass or not.

It’s a tricky business starting something new, and the force of change often pushes us into bed with strange fellows. Sometimes literally. The phrase “How did I get here” was made for such times, and at this month’s ITF you will hear ALL about those sweaty moments that helped our readers get them to where they are.

Readings will begin PROMPTLY at 7:30, so be sure to arrive early to grab a drink and find yourself a seat next to that special someone.


Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow- is a performer whose work has been seen on Broadway, Lafayette, Chrystie, East 4th Street, Fulton, Vanderbilt, and other streets and avenues around New York City. She blogs for dapperQ.com and Velvet Park, was once Miss Jew-S-A, spent her youth as a ballerina, and can be tracked down at http://www.arielspeedwagon.com/.

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Aldrin Valdez- is an artist and writer who grew up in Manila and Long Island. He studied painting and writing at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. Aldrin’s writing has been published in Art:21 Blog, The Brooklyn Rail, BRIC Contemporary Art, Art Slant, and In the Flesh. He is a 2011-2012 Queer/Art/Mentorship fellow. Along with artist Ted Kerr, he organizes Foundational Sharing, a salon of performances, readings, and visual art. www.aldrinaldrin.com

Start: March 16, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 16, 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 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