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Feminism and Psychoanalysis

Bourgeois BISR Feminism and Psychoanalysis copy

  The Bureau is excited to partner again with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research to bring you:   Feminism and Psychoanalysis   Instructor: Paige Sweet     Sigmund Freud famously described femininity as a “riddle” and “dark continent.” Yet, the psychoanalytic theories Freud generated, particularly his conception of how the unconscious influences the development [...]

Tue. Nov 12, 2019 6:30 PM


October 2, 2013

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silence.

A new weekly event at the Bureau. Come read whatever you’re reading in collective silence from 7 to 8. This hour of silent reading will be followed by casual conversations over beer, wine, and sparkling water, by donation as always. Bring your own book or you can borrow or buy a book at the Bureau. The hour of silence will begin promptly at 7, so please arrive early!

Photograph by Ourit Ben-Haim from the photo-blog Underground New York Public Library

Start: October 2, 2013 6:30 PM
End: October 2, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

September 30, 2013

Queer Division 8: Core, Kotecha, Lepri

Nicole Eisenman painting

A reading series for queer writing and performance practice, Queer Division is curated by Andrew Durbin at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Leopoldine Core

LEOPOLDINE CORE was born and raised in Manhattan. Her poems and fiction have appeared in Open City, The Literarian, Drunken Boat, Sadie Magazine, Harp & Altar, The Brooklyn Rail, Agriculture Reader, and No, Dear among others. She is a 2012 Fellow at The Center for Fiction and at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her chapbook “Young Friend” is forthcoming this year from Perfect Lovers Press. “And Satisfaction,” her first full-length book, will be published in 2015 from Coconut Books.


Shiv Kotecha

SHIV KOTECHA is the author of PAINT THE ROCK (TROLL THREAD, 2011) and OUTFITS (TROLL THREAD, 2012). Other work appears in P-Queue and on Gauss PDF. He currently lives in New York City and is a PhD candidate at NYU.


Karen Lepri

KAREN LEPRI is the author of Incidents of Scatttering (Noemi, 2013) and the chapbook Fig. I (Horse Less Press, 2012). Lepri was the recipient of 2012 Noemi Poetry Prize. Lepri holds an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University. Her poems, translations, & reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in 1913, 6×6, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Best New Poets, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Horse Less Review, Lana Turner, Mandorla, Shearsman, TYPO, & Vanitas, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and teaches at Queens College while working forward her PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Please note: The Bureau is closed on Mondays. We will open at 6 PM on Monday, September 30th, for this event.



Start: September 30, 2013 7:00 AM
End: September 30, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York , NY, 10002, United States

September 28, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Que(e)ry: Overdue

Benefit for the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division and The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History.

Dance party for queer librarians and those who love them!

accident report and the warm leatherettes
DJ Shomi Noise
Shade Parade

At Cake Shop

Suggested donation: $10; 21+; 9pm-close.

More info at www.queeryparty.org



Start: September 28, 2013 9:00 PM
End: September 29, 2013 4:00 AM
Venue: Cake Shop
Phone: (212) 253-0036
152 Ludlow St., New York , NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Suggested Donation: $10

Manuel A. Lopez reads from Room at the Top

Manuel A. Lopez  reads from his recent book of short stories, Room at the Top (Eriginal Books, 2013).

Manuel A. Lopez (Manny) was born in Moron, Cuba in 1969. He came to the USA in 1980 via the Mariel boatlift with his parents and siblings, and raised between Florida and California. He is a bilingual poet, writer and cultural promoter. His poetry in Spanish has been published in various magazines, such as: Arique, Baquiana, Contratiempo, La Peregrina Magazine, LaFanzine, Linden Lane and Ventana Abierta. His first book of poems, Yo, el arquero aquel was published in 2011 by Editorial Velámenes. His short stories in Spanish have also been published by Baquiana and Linden Lane Magazine. His poem, A Calling was chosen along with the work of other 40 poets by Broward County Poet in Residence Anastasia Clark for the Our Poetic Tribute to Amelia Earhart, and published in a leather-bound volume permanently displayed at the Amelia Earhart Museum in Kansas. He has also participated in Cristina Garcia’s, Las Dos Brujas Writer’s Workshop with California’s Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. This June a book of short stories in English, titled Room at the Top was published by Eriginal Books. A second book of poetry in Spanish will be published this August by Editorial Betania in Spain.







Start: September 28, 2013 7:00 PM
End: September 28, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York , NY, 10002, United States

September 26, 2013

Lambda’s 2013 Emerging Voices: The New York Edition

A literary showcase featuring members of NYC’s LGBT community who were named Lambda’s 2013 Emerging Voices.

Readings in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, by Marcie Bianco, Stephan Georgiou, Stephen Ira, Bryn Kelly, Matthew Phillp, and Tommy Pico.


MarcieBiancoMarcie Bianco, Queer Public(s) Intellectual, PhD, is a columnist and contributing writer at AfterEllen and Lambda Literary, as well as an adjunct associate professor at John Jay College at Hunter College Her current projects include a scholarly manuscript about the anti-humanist, materialist ethics of English Renaissance Drama, and a memoir about lesbian academic affairs. She lives in Brooklyn with her pup, Deleuze. Tumble4Her at marciebiancoqpi@tumblr.com.


StephanGeorgiouStephan Georgiou is a writer, organizer, performer and troublemaker. When not dancing naked in congressional offices, they can be found eating their way through an existential crisis at a bagel store near you. Stephan seeks to contribute to a collective of voices working to build queer community, emancipation and revolution.


Stephen IraStephen Ira‘s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, Spot Lit Mag, Specter Magazine, The St. Sebastian Review, LGBTQ Nation, and the online edition of Original Plumbing. He is currently pursuing a BA in Literature, Queer Studies, and Critical Theory at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY.


BrynKellyBryn Kelly has shared her written work at NYC-based performance series Gayety!, Low Standards, and Queer Memoir; on Showtime Network’s OurChart (dot) com; in Original Plumbing magazine; as a regular columnist at the digital literary magazine PrettyQueer.com; and in the anthology, Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary, edited by Morty Diamond. She was a cofounder of Theater Transgression, a transgender multimedia performance collective, and studied playwriting at Brooklyn College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


MatthewPhillpMatthew Phillp’s writing has appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Sun, Gay Times UK, City Magazine, VIVE and DNA Magazine Australia, for which he was the New York Editor at Large. His commentary on American politics and culture has been featured on Radio 2UE and Vega FM in Australia and he has produced and co-hosted several radio programs including the syndicated New York nightlife talk show D List Radio for East Village Radio and the Q Network. For the past three years he has maintained a fairly consistent dance between writing his first novel and composing marketing paragraphs that don’t bear his byline. In 2013 he was awarded an Emerging Writer’s Fellowship by the Lambda Literary Foundation.


TommyPicoTommy “Teebs” Pico is the driving force behind birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press and zine that publishes art and writing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and has been published in BOMB, [PANK] and THEthe poetry blog. heyteebs.tumblr.com



Start: September 26, 2013 7:00 PM
End: September 26, 2013 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States