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April 26, 2017

The Publishing Triangle Finalists Reading

 

Join eight of the best LGBT writers of 2016 on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 PM, at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division as they read from their work, all of which are finalists for the prestigious Publishing Triangle and Ferro-Grumley awards to be announced on Thursday, April 27, at the Publishing Triangle Awards Ceremony & Reception, at The Auditorium of the New School, 66 West 12th street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues).

 

Featuring:

Kathy Anderson: Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press), Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Lucy Jane Bledsoe: A Thin Bright Line (University of Wisconsin Press), Finalist for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Elizabeth M. Edman:  Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press), Finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

Matthew Griffin: Hide (Bloomsbury USA), Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Alan Lessik: The Troubleseeker (Chelsea Station Editions), Finalist for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction

Paul Lisicky, The Narrow Door (Graywolf Press); finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

Joe Okonkwo: Jazz Moon (Kensington), Finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

Will Schwalbe: Books for Living (Alfred A. Knopf), Finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

 

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Kathy Anderson is the author of Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. In addition to being a finalist for the 2016 Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Bull and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards and the 2016 Foreword INDIES Awards and was longlisted for The Story Prize, 2016. She is also a playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild. She lives with her wife in Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe‘s new novel, A Thin Bright Line, was just released. She’s the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and four novels, including The Big Bang Symphony. Her recent short story, “The We of Me,” published in The Rumpus, was chosen by Ploughshares Magazine as the best story published in lit mags that week.

Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese.

Lucy loves teaching workshops, cooking, traveling anywhere, basketball, doing anything outside, and telling stories. She’s traveled to Antarctica three times, as a two-time recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowship and once as a guest on the Russian ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. She is one of a tiny handful of people who have stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica. She has also stayed in a number of field camps, both on the coast and in the Transantarctic mountains, where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang.

 

 

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Photograph by Keryn Lowry

Photograph by Keryn Lowry


 
Liz Edman is an Episcopal priest and political strategist.  She is the author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (Beacon Press, 2016).  Liz has lived and worked on the front lines of the most salient contemporary issues where religion meets sexuality, serving as an inner city hospital chaplain to people with HIV/AIDS from 1989 to 1995 and helping craft political and communications strategies for marriage equality efforts.  In 2017, she partnered with Parity to create Glitter+Ash Wednesday, a project to increase the visibility of progressive, queer-positive Christians and to explore Christian liturgical tradition through a queer lens.   She lives in New York.

 

 

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Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at the University of Iowa and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. His first novel Hide was the winner of the 2017 Crook’s Corner Book Prize, a Stonewall Honor Book, and longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. His writing has appeared in The GuardianGrantaElectric Literature, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives with his husband and too many pets in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches at Tulane University.

 

 

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Alan Lessik is a novelist and writer, zen practitioner, amateur figure skater, and LGBT activist, non-profit leader and world traveler. His debut novel, The Troubleseeker, was published by Chelsea Station Editions in 2016. He has had non-fiction articles and commentaries published in the Advocate, San Francisco Bay Guardian, andFrontiers as well as recorded as part of KQED Radio Perspectives. He was the co-founder of Out & Equal, the Deputy Director of the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF and Treasurer of the Federation of Gay Games. Currently he is the Executive Director of Civicorps. Alan lives in San Francisco.

 

 

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Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door (a New York Times Editors’ Choice), Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, Fence, The New York Times, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. He is an associate professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Brooklyn.
 
 
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Joe Okonkwo is a Pushcart Prize nominee who has had stories published in a variety of print and online venues including Promethean, Penumbra Literary Magazine, Chelsea Station, Shotgun Honey, and Best Gay Stories 2015. In addition to his writing career, he has worked in theater as an actor, stage manager, director, playwright and youth theatre instructor. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from City College of New York. Jazz Moon is his debut novel.
 
 
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Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (now with Macmillan); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The End of Your Life Book Club and coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. His most recent book, Books for Living, is a memoir about the books that found him when he needed them most.

 

 

 
 

Start: April 26, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 26, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 25, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: Kate & Izzi!

 

*Mark your calendars: the last Tuesday of every month will feature a local musical performer.*

Tonight, we are beyond excited to bring you the entrancing sounds of this sister duet!
About our Show:

7:30pm: Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm: Open Mic (Music + Poetry Are Welcomed Here!)
8:45pm: KATE & IZZI

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // Suggested $5-10 donation
About our Feature:

Kate & Izzi are sisters making music. We grew up in DC, went to school in New York, lived in Berlin and taught music in a refugee camp. Now we’re creating original music in our basement. Kate & Izzi will be releasing our first EP this summer.

 

 

Start: April 25, 2017 7:30 PM
End: April 25, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

April 21, 2017

Resist, Rebel, Transgress: Sarah Schulman & Carmen Machado

 

In conjunction with the Bureau’s current exhibition, The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition:

“Resist, Rebel, Transgress” in co-operation with Lambda Literary. Reading from their work: Avenger co-founder and writer Sarah Schulman, and writer Carmen Machado.

Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The New YorkerGrantaBest American Science Fiction & FantasyBest Horror of the Year, and Best Women’s Erotica. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Sarah Schulman is the author of 18 books, most recently the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 20 American novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE, which bell hooks called “awesome brilliant.” Sarah is on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine, and on the advisory board of Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute. She is currently writing the book to a musical based on the songs of Joan Armatrading.
 

 

The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition is on view at the Bureau through June 4, 2017.

We did it, and we’ll do it again! A multimedia activist exhibit celebrating the Lesbian Avengers, formed 25 years ago during another surge of hardcore misogyny, and anti-gay, white Nationalist hate. Includes still photos, flyers, posters, slide shows, and video. Were you there? We welcome your participation. This mobile exhibit won’t take on its final form until late April. In June, it will begin to pop up all over the country. Including a neighborhood near you!
 
Related upcoming events:
 
Friday, May 12 7 p.m. Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress.” A screening of the powerful film, Nothing Without Us, by Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patierno about women fighting AIDS worldwide.

Nothing Without Us is the first and only documentary telling the story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, Nothing Without Us: The Women who Will End AIDS reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S., but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The film explores the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV, while introducing the remarkable women who have the answers to ending this 30-year old pandemic.
 
Friday, June 2 7 p.m. Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress” in co-operation with Lambda Literary. Includes Lesbian Avengers and writers, Susana Cook, Ana Simo (co-founder), and others.

 

 

Start: April 21, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 to $10 to benefit both the traveling exhibition The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 20, 2017

Open Love New York Poly Movie Night: Carrington

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be meeting at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division which is located on the second floor of The LGBT Center, Room 210.

Please join us for Carrington (1995), directed by Christopher Hampton and starring Emma Thompson (Harry Potter) and Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones).

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The more people come, the more likely we’ll continue the event! The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

Synopsis: “Who on earth is that ravishing boy?” asks writer Lytton Strachey when he first sees Carrington. Despite his initial disappointment that Carrington is not a boy, he becomes very fond of her while she falls in love with him. The film is based on the lives of the early twentieth-century painter Dora Carrington and gay Bloomsbury writer Lytton Strachey. Running time: 2 hours.

 

 

Start: April 20, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 20, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @
Phone: 212 620 7310 x300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

April 18, 2017

Union Square Slam presents Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Team Selection Finals!

 

!! TIME !! FOR !! TEAM !! SELECTION !! FINALS !!
 
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ARE YOU READY FOR POEMS?!
 
6:30pm: Writing Workshop by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
7:45pm: Slam, First Round
8:30pm: Feature: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
9:00pm: Slam, Second Round
 
Writing Workshop, by donation/pass-the-bag
Feature/Slam: suggested $7-$10, collected at door
 
* * * We’ll also be selling limited edition copies of Union Square Slam’s Inaugural Year Team Slam Chapbook — all proceeds go to getting the team to Nationals this year ♥ * * *
Bureau of General Services – Queer Division
(inside the LGBT Center)
 
208 W 13th St., #210 (btw 7th and 8th Ave)

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
About our Feature:
 
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in winter 2017.

 

 

 

Start: April 18, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 18, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Feature/Slam: suggested $7-$10, collected at door