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  BESPOKE: It’s April! The cruelest month? Make that the COOLEST month! Join us for the resurrection of our most garish garments and frighteningly fashionable attire as Tuesday April 23 the Bureau features Jericho Brown, Mariah MacCarthy, and Dima Mikhayel Matta at Bespoke, a bimonthly queer series where featured readers dress fun, fancy, or flirtatious. [...]

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April 7, 2013

Contributors to Who’s Yer Daddy? Read at the Bureau

Readings by contributors to Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners

Readers: Peter CovinoDavid Groff (co-editor), Ben GrossbergDave KingMichael KleinBrian LeungPaul LisickyTimothy LiuCharles Rice-Gonzalez, and Ellery Washington.

Peter Covino is the author of the poetry collections, both from Western Michigan University/New Issues Press, The Right Place to Jump (2012) and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005), winner of the 2007 PEN/America Osterweil Award and a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Thom Gunn Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Straight Boyfriend (2001), won the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize; and recent poems have been published or are forthcoming both in America and Italy in such places as the American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Connecticut Review, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review, tutteStorie, The Yale Review, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing, among others. His translations of Italian poets have been featured in Atlanta Review, Italian Americana, Italoamericana, The Journal of Italian Translation, and the anthology New European Poets, Graywolf Press 2008. Covino is also one of the founding editors of the literary press, Barrow Street Inc., and the Barrow Street Books; and in 2009, he was appointed poetry editor for VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.  He is an Associate Professor of Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island.


David Groff is an independent writer and poet, is author of Theory of Devolution and coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and Whitman’s Men: Walt Whitman’s Calamus Poems Celebrated by Contemporary Photographers. Groff’s work was published in American Poetry Review, Bloom, Chicago Review, Christopher Street, Confrontation, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Men on Men 2, Men on Men 2000, Missouri Review, New York, North American Review, Northwest Review, Out, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Poz, Prairie Schooner, QW, Self, 7 Days, 7 Carmine, and Wigwag. Groff graduated from the University of Iowa, with an MFA, and MA. He has taught at University of Iowa, Rutgers University, and NYU, and at William Paterson University.


Benjamin S. Grossberg is an associate professor of English at University of Hartford.  His books are Sweet Core Orchard (2009), winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (2007).  His poems have appeared in many venues including New England Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review, and the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.  Space Travelor, his third collection, will be published in 2013.


Dave King holds a BFA in painting and film from Cooper Union and an MFA in writing from Columbia University; he taught English at Baruch College and Cultural Studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York before moving to New York University’s Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Of his bestselling debut novel, The New York Times Book Review wrote, “The Ha-Ha is full of emotional truth and establishes King as a writer of consequence.” The Ha-Ha was a finalist for Book of the Month Club’s best Literary Fiction Award and the Quill Foundation’s award for Best Debut Fiction and was named one of the best books of 2005 by The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2005. Several foreign language editions are in print, and a film version was optioned by Warner Brothers Pictures. In addition, The Ha-Ha earned Dave King the 2006 John Guare Writers Fund Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

King’s poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice and Big City Lit, and in the Italian literary journal Nuovi Argomenti. He divides his time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley of New York. He is a translator of the Italian poet Massimo Gezzi, and a new novel, tentatively entitled The Beast and Beauty, is forthcoming.


Michael Klein has written three books of poetry, the most recent of which is “The Talking Day” (Sibling Rivalry Press).  His first book, “1990” (Provincetown Arts Press) tied with James Schuyler to win a Lambda Literary Award in 1993.  He is also the author of a memoir, “Track Conditions”, a Lambda finalist and “The End of Being Known” a book of linked essays about sex and friendship, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.  His poetry, essays and interviews with poets have been published in American Poetry Review, Provincetown Arts, Court Green, New England Review, Ploughshares , Tin House, Fence, Poets & Writers and many other publications.  His collection of lyric essays, “States of Independence” won the inaugural BLOOM Chapbook prize judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez and he received a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he also taught poetry and memoir in their summer program for 15 years.  He has also taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Binghamton University, Manhattanville and, since 1994, in the MFA Program at Goddard College, in Vermont.  He lives in New York and Provincetown.


Brian Leung’s short story collection World Famous Love Acts won the Asian American Literary Award in 2005 and the Mary McCarthy Award for Short Fiction in 2002.  He has  published two novels Lost Men (Three Rivers Press) and Take Me Home (Harper Collins). Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Story, Crazyhorse, Grain, Gulf Coast, Kinesis, The Barcelona Review, The Bellingham Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and in the short story anthology The Habit of Art. He is also the coauthor of the nonfiction humor title Not Another Feel Good Singles Book. Since 2000, Brian has taught in Cincinnati and Los Angeles, and now in Louisville, where he is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville.  The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Brian earned his B.A. and MA. at California State University, and an M.F.A from Indiana University.


Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy (1999), Famous Builder (2002), The Burning House (2011) and Unbuilt Projects (2012).  His recent work appears in Fence, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Rumpus, Story Quarterly and elsewhere.  He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He is currently the New Voices Professor at Rutgers University.  A memoir, The Narrow Door, is forthcoming in 2014.


Timothy Liu has three new books forthcoming: Kingdom Come: A Novel (Talisman House, 2013), Don’t Go Back To Sleep: Poems (Saturnalia Books, 2014) and Let It Ride: Poems (Station Hill, 2015). He lives in Manhattan with his husband.


Charles Rice-Gonzalez is a writer, LGBT activist and the co-founder and executive director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.  His debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books) has received several awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association.  He co-edited, From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction with Charlie Vazquez and his work has appeared in several anthologies including Love, Christopher Street, Ambientes: New Gay Latino Writing also released by University of Wisconsin Press and Who’s Yer Daddy.  His award-winning play, I Just Love Andy Gibb, will be published Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology co-edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera. University of Michigan Press.

Ellery Washington teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of Buffulo, a novel, forthcoming from Creston Books. His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, The International Review, The Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Out Magazine, the National Bestseller State by State—A Panoramic Portrait of America, and numerous literary journals and anthologies. As a screenwriter and script consultant, his credits include work with Paramount Pictures, Tristar and Fox Searchlight, as well as a wide variety of independent directors and producers. He is the recipient of a PEN Center West Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship and the IBWA Prize for short fiction. He currently divides his time between Oakland, CA, and New York.


Start: April 7, 2013 3:00 PM
End: April 7, 2013 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

April 4, 2013

Opening reception for Seconds, an exhibition of photographs by Alesia Exum

Seconds is an exhibition by New York based photographer Alesia Exum. The exhibition runs from April 4-April 28.

In these instant portraits, Alesia captures a private moment in a public place, showing a quiet beauty amidst the chaos.

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

Start: April 4, 2013 6:00 PM
End: April 4, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Strange Loop Gallery/Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 6464570859
27 Orchard St., NY, NY, 10002, United States

March 31, 2013

Last day of Alice O’Malley: Kenny Kenny 13

March 31 is the final day of the exhibition KENNY KENNY 13, photographs of Kenny Kenny by Alice O’Malley curated by Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum of Strange Loop Gallery.

Alice O’Malley lives and works in New York City. Her photographs have appeared in various publications including Art in AmericaI-D Magazine, Flash Art and New York Times Magazine. O’Malley’s first monograph, Community of Elsewheres, was published by Isis Editions in 2008 in conjunction with a solo exhibition by the same name.
She has exhibited at AIR, Participant, ICP and PS1, and other galleries in NYC.

Alice O’Malley on Kenny Kenny:
“Kenny Kenny assisted Leigh Bowery in London in the early eighties and he is a legendary stylist in his own right.
Like Bowery, his body is his palette. He also hosts the best nights in New York City. We did a series of portraits called ’13 looks’…a study of Kenny Kenny in his many guises.”

Start: March 31, 2013 8:00 PM
End: March 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

David McConnell Reading & in Conversation with Zachary Pace & Lonely Christopher

David McConnell will be reading from his new book, American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men. He will be joined in conversation by Zachary Pace and Lonely Christopher.

In American Honor Killings, straight and gay guys cross paths, and the result is murder. But what really happened? What role did hatred play? What about bullying and abuse? What were the men involved really like, and what was going on between them when the murder occurred? American Honor Killings explores the truth behind squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the far right or fringe left. David McConnell, a New York-based novelist, researched cases from small-town Alabama to San Quentin’s death row. The book recounts some of the most notorious crimes of our era.

Beginning in 1999 and lasting until last year’s conviction of a youth in Queens, New York, the book shows how some murderers think they’re cleaning up society. Surprisingly, other killings feel almost preordained, not a matter of the victim’s personality or actions so much as a twisted display of a young man’s will to compete or dominate. We want to think these stories involve simple sexual conflict, either the killer’s internal struggle over his own identity or a fatally miscalculated proposition. They’re almost never that simple.

Together, the cases form a secret American history of rage and desire. McConnell cuts through cant and political special pleading to turn these cases into enduring literature. In each story, victims, murderers, friends, and relatives come breathtakingly alive. The result is more soulful, more sensitive, more artful than the sort of “true crime” writing the book was modeled on. A wealth of new detail has been woven into old cases, while new cases are plumbed for the first time. The resulting stories play out exactly as they happened, an inexorable sequence of events—grisly, touching, disturbing, sometimes even with moments of levity.

DAVID McCONNELL is the author of the acclaimed novels The Silver Hearted (a finalist for Lambda and Ferro-Grumley awards) and Firebrat. His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including the Literary Review (UK), Granta, and Prospect magazine (UK). He is the former cochair of the Lambda Literary Foundation, and lives in New York City. 

ZACHARY PACE works at Grove/Atlantic and lives in Brooklyn. 

LONELY CHRISTOPHER is the author of the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse. He wrote and directed the forthcoming film MOM and lives in Brooklyn.

Start: March 31, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 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

March 28, 2013

BAD GRAMMAR Zine reading

Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BAD GRAMMAR Zine provides a platform for queer artists of color to document and discuss the artwork of their peers on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture. Started by Yulan GrantJustin Allen, and Brandon Owens as an in-house publication to accompany gallery shows at Culturefix bar and gallery in the Lower East Side, the zine is looking to branch out beyond the boundaries of the downtown NYC art world, publishing online and providing a limited edition of print copies of three of its issues at the zine’s showcase. The event will feature a reading of an interview from one of the issues by Justin Allen, a DJ Session by Brandon Owens, and Projections by Yulan Grant.


Start: March 28, 2013 7:00 PM
End: March 28, 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