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Scissoring Publication Extravaganza!


  This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration of queer lady lit & love–plus donuts!   Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. [...]

Sat. Feb 23, 2019 7:00 PM


June 5, 2013

Comic Artists Annie Mok and Brendan Leach in conversation with Brad Pearson

Comic Artists Annie Mok and Brendan Leach share their work and engage in a short conversation moderated by Brad Pearson of Brokelyn & Terrorvision

“Annie Mok is bursting with ideas”
- Rob Clough, The Comics Journal / High-Low

Annie Mok reads recent comics from Frank Santoro’s online magazine Comics Workbook and elsewhere, that center around the body, memory, sexuality, and trans identity. She sells Risograph-printed comics and digital prints, such as Jim Henson bio comic Stitching Together, and American Illustration 2012 Archive selection Annie Mok Draws James Joyce. A Q&A and signing follow the reading.

anniemakesstories.com | anniemok.tumblr.com | @HeyAnnieMok on twitter / Instagram

Brendan Leach makes comics and illustrations. In 2010, Brendan received an MFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts.

His comic, The Pterodactyl Hunters (in the Gilded City) won the “Outstanding Comic” Ignatz Award in 2012. It was also selected for inclusion in Best American Comics 2011, published by Houghton Mifflin, and awarded a Xeric Foundation grant in 2010. His illustrations have been recognized by The Society of Illustrators and 3×3 magazine. The Pterodactyl Hunters (in the Gilded City) is distributed by Top Shelf Comics in the US and published by Ca et La in France.

His graphic novel, Iron Bound, will be published September 2013 by Secret Acres.



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

June 4, 2013


Start: June 4, 2013 11:00 AM
End: June 4, 2013 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

June 2, 2013

Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing & Bisexual Book Awards

The Bureau will be on-hand to sell books at Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing & Bisexual Book Awards at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C

6:30 Book Signings
7 Bi Lines Program & Awards
9:30 Book Signings
10 After Party

Bisexual book authors of 2012 read from their works.
Inaugural Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony: winners are announced!
Plus live music, tattoo photography & after-party!

Host: Sheela Lambert, Founder Bi Writers Association
Author Readings:
Annette LapointeWhitetail Shooting Gallery
Basil PapademosMount Royal
Donnelle McGeeShine
Ellen Kushner,Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
Erynn Rowan LaurieFireflies at Absolute Zero
James Earl Hardy (B Boy Blues Series), Can You Feel What I’m Saying?
Janet Hardy (The Ethical Slut), Girlfag
Kelli DunhamMy Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B
Vincent MeissTio Jorge
Art: Efrain GonzalezInk & Steel: slideshow of his tattoo & piercing photography
Musicians: Rorie Kelly, Ben Silver 

Tickets $10: in advance at www.nuyorican.org or at the door
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C 10009
Questions? info@biwriters.org or 917-583-1797 www.biwriters.org
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Start: June 2, 2013 6:30 PM
End: June 2, 2013 11:00 PM
Venue: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Phone: 917-583-1797
236 E. 3rd St. between Aves. B-C, New York, 10009, United States
Cost: $10

June 1, 2013

Readings by Lambda Literary Award Finalists

The Bureau is proud to host an evening of readings by ten of this year’s finalists for Lambda Literary Awards.

Lambda Finalist Covers

The following finalists will read:

  • Ryka Aoki (Seasonal Velocities, Transgender Nonfiction, a contributor to two other Lambda finalists: The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, edited by Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod, nominated for Transgender Fiction, and  to Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies, edited by Anne Enke, nominated for Transgender Nonfiction); 
  • Tom Cardamone (Green Thumb,  LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror);
  • Red Durkin (contributor to The Collection); 
  • Adam Halwitz (contributor to The Collection)
  • Stephen S. Mills (He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, Gay Poetry);
  • Casey Plett  (contributor to The Collection);
  • Carter Sickels (The Evening Hour, LGBT Debut Fiction, and contributor to The Collection); 
  • Rae Spoon (First Spring Grass Fire, Transgender Fiction);
  • William Sterling Walker (Desire: Tales of New Orleans, LGBT Debut Fiction); 
  • Barry Webster (The Lava in My Bones, Gay General Fiction).


Author biographies

Ryka Aoki

Ryka Aoki is a writer, performer, and educator who has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She is the author of Seasonal Velocities (Trans-Genre Press, 2012). Her chapbook, Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines (RADAR Publications) won the 2010 Eli Coppola Chapbook Contest. Ryka has as an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College. www.rykaryka.com


Tom Cardamone‘s edgy weird fiction has earned him two spots as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly wrote of his novella, Green Thumb: “evocative prose and detailed settings to capture the hypnotic rhythms of the sea, then takes a darker, more erotic and psychedelic turn….” His newest book is Pacific Rimming from Chelsea Station Editions.


Red Durkin headshot

Red Durkin is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com. She has toured with the Tranny Roadshow and is a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. Her novel Ready, Amy, Fire, will be released by Topside Press in 2013.


Adam Halwitz is a student and writing tutor at Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT), and an occasional editor for the magazine Teen Ink. He’s very happy to be living in the Vermont woods, where he takes lots of night hikes and sees many stars. He likes monster mythology, deciduous trees, pedantry, and not discussing his trans status with cis people. “Power Out” is his first piece of published fiction.



Stephen S. Mills earned his MFA from Florida State University. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, PANK Literary Magazine, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, Assaracus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. His first book, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, is out from Sibling Rivalry Press. He lives in Harlem. Website: http://www.stephensmills.com/


Casey Plett HeadShot
Casey Plett grew up a kid in Manitoba and a teenager in Oregon. She wrote a column on her first year of transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and has been published in Line Zero, Anomalous Press, and Cavalier Literary Couture. She is writing a book.
Carter Sickels headshot
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury, 2012). He has been awarded scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and VCCA. Carter received his MFA in Fiction at Penn State and a MA in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has taught creative writing classes at IPRC, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and Hugo House. Carter lives in Portland, Oregon.
Photo: JJ Levine

Photo: JJ Levine

Rae Spoon is a transgender musician/writer/workshop facilitator originally from Calgary, Canada. Rae has been nominated for a Polaris Prize, toured internationally, and released six solo albums. They were published in the Arsenal Pulp anthology Persistence and composed the instrumental score for the National Film Board film Dead Man. Rae will soon be the subject of a National Film Board documentary. Rae lives in Montreal.
Photo by Lenora Gim

Photo by Lenora Gim

William Sterling Walker’s collection of short stories, Desire: Tales of New Orleans, is a Lambda Literary finalist in Debut Fiction.  His stories have been anthologized in Best American Gay Fiction 2 and the Lambda Award–winning Fresh Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction, after first appearing in modern wordsHarrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and The James White Review. His nonfiction account of coming out appeared in the anthology Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Brooklyn College. A native of New Orleans, he now resides in Brooklyn, with his spouse, the artist Jeffrey Dreiblatt.
Photo: Maxime Tremblay

Photo: Maxime Tremblay

Barry Webster‘s first book, The Sound of All Flesh (Porcupine’s Quill), won the ReLit Award for best short-story collection in 2005. In addition to the Lambda Literary Award, The Lava in My Bones was shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction. Originally from Toronto, he currently lives in East Montreal.
Start: June 1, 2013 7:00 PM
End: June 1, 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

May 31, 2013

Punks take it down a few notches: Benefit show for Brooklyn Transcore

Brooklyn Transcore is a collective of Trans and Queer artists and musicians in, arguably, the most popular of NYC ‘outer boroughs’. BKTC seeks to increase exposure of trans and queer musicians and issues through shows, zines, and recordings. This show is a benefit to support Brooklyn Transcore’s stage on this years Punk Island, and all day punk music festival on Staten Island on June 22nd, sponsored by Make Music New York, and curated by ABC No Rio.

Performances by:

Shomi Noise is a DJ, musician, zine writer, and a self–proclaimed music nerd who is heavily influenced by Riot Grrrl, D.I.Y., and Queercore sounds of the 90s. She plays guitar and sings and has been part of a few queer grrrl punk bands in the past. Shomi is currently working on her solo singer/songwriter material and completing the 4th volume of her zine titled “Building Up Emotional Muscles”, which narrates some of her lived experiences based on the intersectionality of culture, race, class, sexuality and punk rock. Shomi is deeply committed to spreading the message of empowerment, social justice, and community building.

Lior (Music was my first gay lover)
Music Was My First Gay Lover is Lior singing some queer blues with a guitar, so we can all have some feelings together. He has a strong preference for chewy cookies.

Mal Blum

Emma Caterine
Punk electronic witch summons the music of Baphomet through an ancient deer skull.

Start: May 31, 2013 7:00 PM
End: May 31, 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: Donation