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Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s


  Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.   Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM


April 26, 2013

Queer Division IV: Johnson, Frost, Morrill

Andrew Durbin‘s reading series at the Bureau continues. The fourth installment will feature readings by Paul Foster Johnson, Jackqueline Frost, and Erin Morrill.

Paul Foster Johnson is the author of the poetry collections Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms and Refrains / Unworkings, as well as Quadriga, a chapbook he cowrote with E. Tracy Grinnell. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He has served as a co-editor of Litmus Press/Aufgabe and is the editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.


Jackqueline Frost was born and raised in the Deep South, and now lives in Oakland, California. Her first full-length book, The Antidote, is forthcoming from Compline. Her poetry and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming in Rethinking Marxism, Lana Turner, The Death and Life of American Cities, Poetic Labor Project, What is Called Violence, Queer City, and LIES: a journal of materialist feminism. She works as an oyster-shucker and a research assistant in antique literatures.


Erin Morrill is the editor of Trafficker Press. She lives in New York.

Start: April 26, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 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

Reception with Alesia Exum

Join photographer Alesia Exum for an informal reception from 2 to 7 PM on Friday, April 26th.

Exum‘s exhibition Seconds runs from April 4-April 28.

Alesia Exum is a New York based artist. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of photographic, text, lighting installations, super 8 film, sound sculptures, curating and collaborating. She is creative director and co-founder of Strange Loop Gallery, New York City.
Her photographs have been published in numerous magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, US News & World Report, New York, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Exit, PDN. She has received commissions for projects with Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Adidas, Kodak, Nike, MTV, Sony, Columbia, Atlantic Records, Warner Brothers, Knopf, Random House, Penguin.

Select group exhibitions: Jack Tilton Gallery, New York; Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; Aperture Gallery, New York; New York Art Directors Club


After the reception, please stay for Queer Division IV, featuring readings by Paul Foster Johnson, Jackqueline Frost, and Erin Morrill.

Start: April 26, 2013 2:00 PM
End: April 26, 2013 7:00 PM
Venue: Strange Loop Gallery/Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
27 Orchard St., NY, NY, 10002, United States

April 24, 2013

Queer Lives in Print: A Call to Authorship

Author and educator Hal W. Lanse, PhD (The Rainbow Curriculum) continues his popular series of writing workshops. Whether you want to publish professionally or just write and share your work with a small community of friends, this group is for you. Dr. Hal will provide writing prompts that will jolt your imagination and inspire written pieces about your rich set of personal experiences. For those of you who are interested, Dr. Hal is looking for new and undiscovered authors for his imprint Queer Street Books, Inc. But you need not have professional aspirations to join the group.

Bring a writing instrument (pen and notebook, laptop, whatever).

Suggested donation: $10 – but come even if you can’t pay. There will be a discrete box at the front of the shop for those who can afford to donate. Proceeds are divided between the teacher and BGSQD.

Future writing workshops: Wednesdays, May 15, May 29

Start: April 24, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 24, 2013 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 23, 2013

NYC Comics Underground

Uranus Comics teams up with WW3 Illustrated Magazine to present a comics reading with presentations by 6 New York Underground cartoonists reading all new work:

Ethan Heitnerhttp://freedomfunnies.wordpress.com/
Katie Fricashttp://cartoonfricassee.com/
Jennifer Camperhttp://www.jennifercamper.com/
Sabin Calberthttp://www.symptomcomics.com/
Mike Dianahttp://www.mikedianacomix.com/mikediana/mikediana.html
Carlo Quispewww.vranvs.blogspot.com

Start: April 23, 2013 7:00 PM
End: April 23, 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 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