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January 17, 2014

Reading by Elliot DeLine and Musical Performance by Audrey Zee Whitesides

Join Elliot DeLine and Audrey Zee Whitesides for an evening of stories and songs at the Bureau!

Elliott DeLine

Elliott DeLine (born 1988) is an independent writer from Syracuse, NY. He is the author of the novel Refuse and the novella I Know Very Well How I Got My Name. His work has been featured in several publications, including the Modern Love essay series of The New York Times (2011),The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, and a blog for the magazine Original Plumbing (2012-present). Elliott attended Purchase College and graduated from Syracuse University in 2012 with a BA in English. Elliott currently lives in Syracuse, where he is involved with several local advocacy groups, volunteers at a queer youth center, and is hoping to open a used bookstore/cat cafe. He is the co-founder, promoter, and general coordinator of Queer Mart, an LGBTQ arts and crafts fair.


Audrey Zee Whitesides

AUDREY ZEE WHITESIDES is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared in/on Autostraddle, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she’s the author of several DIY chapbooks, most recently i’m the POTE. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.



Start: January 17, 2014 7:00 PM
End: January 17, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States

January 14, 2014

Dictionary–Stephen Boyer presents ben rosenberg, Clara Lipfert, Chelsea Tadeyeske, David J. White, edwin r. perry, Kayla Morse, Lara Weibgen, and Tommy “Teebs” Pico

Dictionary is a reading/performance/film/whatever-yr-medium showcase curated by Stephen Boyer, hosted by the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division. This month ben rosenberg, Clara Lipfert, Chelsea Tadeyeske, David J. White, edwin r. perry, Kayla Morse, Lara Weibgen, and Tommy “Teebs” Pico will be sharing their work.


Please note: The Bureau will be closed on Tuesday, January 14th, but we will open at 8 pm for this event. 




Start: January 14, 2014 8:30 PM
End: January 14, 2014 10:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States

January 11, 2014

Barry Stewart Levy reads from his book European Son: a novella

Join us for a reading with Barry Stewart Levy from his book European Son: A Novella.                                    

Barry Stewart Levy is a former English teacher who also worked as a Literary Artist for the Cultural Council Foundation/CETA Artists Project, co-authoring the topical revue “New Living Newspaper, Vol. 1, No. 2” (Playwrights Horizons), writing poetry for the anthology “Words to Go” and conducting interviews for the publication Art Workers News. He was a reporter for Gotham Newsmagazine and a freelance game show writer for NBC’s “Shoot for the Stars.” He is the recipient of the Clarence Kline Essay Prize and was a semi-finalist in the Writers Guild of America, East, Fellowship Competition. “European Son: a novella” is his first work of fiction. 


Start: January 11, 2014 7:00 PM
End: January 11, 2014 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

January 8, 2014

Lonely Christopher’s DEATH & DISASTER SERIES Launch with Uche Nduka and Ariana Reines

Monk Books is proud to present the launch event for Lonely Christopher’s debut poetry collection, Death & Disaster Series. Join Lonely Christopher, Uche Nduka, and Ariana Reines for a poetry reading at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, with revelrous partying to follow!



Uche Nduka was born in Umuahia, Nigeria. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Nigeria. His volumes of poetry include Flower Child (1988), Second Act (1994), The Bremen Poems (1995), Chiaroscuro(1007), for which he was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize, If Only the Night (2002),Heart’s Field (2005), Eel on Reef (2007), Tracer (2010), Ijele (2012), and Nine East (2013). His work has been translated into German, Serbo Croatian, Romanian, Spanish, and Dutch. He is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors and American PEN. He lived in Germany and Holland for over a decade and was the recipient of a Goethe Institut Fellowship and Heinrich Böll Haus Guest Author Fellowship. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Ariana Reines is author of The Cow (2006), winner of the Alberta Prize from Fence Books, Coeur de Lion(2007), and Mercury (2011). Her play Telephone was produced at the Cherry Lane Theater and won several Obie awards. Her translations include a version of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore (2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (2012). Reines was 2009 Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California Berkeley; she has taught master classes at Pomona College, the University of California Davis, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of the poetry collection Death & Disaster Series(Monk Books, 2014) and the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books. His plays have been produced in New York City and China. He wrote and directed the feature film MOM (Cavazos Films, 2013) and his stories have been adapted for the screen in Canada and France. He lives in Brooklyn.



Lonely Christopher’s debut poetry collection is a sprawling and melancholic confrontation of death in the context of late capitalism. The poet writes through the premature end of his mother’s life and the aftermath, investigating and raging against tragedy and loss. Infused with grief, sorrow, and anger, the series is a raw and deeply personal reckoning with the romantic and profoundly dark themes that crawl under the surface of quotidian awareness, waiting to bleed forth in the wake of death and disaster. Arch and penetrating, these poems collapse attraction and repulsion, joy and misery, origination and destruction—ultimately portraying some of the most underlit elements of our human experience with imaginative clarity.


“Aesthetically and polemically these poems heft joy and grief and fury. Politics, romance, wonder suffuse them. Lonely Christopher is a fearless poet par excellence. ‘I am the star of my own truncated privacy’ says the poet. What choice do we have but to heed his appeal: ‘Do not face eternity with your brain.’”  Uche Nduka (author ofIjele and Nine East)


OH GOD, I’ve started this blurb so many times! HOW TO SAY HOW essential this writer Lonely Christopher is for our lives!? It’s all between the words, this pressure he builds behind the eyes. Stand anywhere you want with this book inside our headache age of information fatigue, ‘anything in the orange light / of my word for you / anything / to excuse / all the pain.’ DON’T BE STUPID you know as well as I do these poems boil to the top of the gravy!!” – CAConrad (author of The Book of Frank and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon)


“‘I/ don’t belong in America I belong/ in love,’ says this provocative poet, but it’s not true: at the same time minimal and raw, smart-set knowing and uninhibited weird, Lonely Christopher belongs anywhere that his poetry can be read. He knows too much and wants to reveal it all (fans of Ariana Reines, or of Eileen Myles, take note). The lines get rough and bloody, rehearsing and repurposing queer revolutions. This book lays bare secrets of our time, halfway between the compression of (say) Robert Creeley and the unmade bed at 3am, from which he looks out the window at (variously) the blank walls that model his free verse, the window of the day before, and the fire across the ledge, the one he almost ‘started/ as a conduit for my love/ and rage.’”  Stephen Burt (author of Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry


Start: January 8, 2014 7:00 PM
End: January 8, 2014 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

January 6, 2014

Stories & Queer with Steven Cordova, Shelley Ettinger, Christopher Soto, and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Stories & Queer will hold its first event in NYC at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:00pm (EST).  The event will feature Steven Cordova, Shelley Ettinger, Christopher Soto, and Rosebud Ben-Oni.

The live event will be streamed and archived to our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR-34__YD3WJ9FTGh_E1pwg?feature=

The virtual components of this series are unique and allow us to reach beyond the local borders of the event.

S&Q is a traveling reading series that aims to provide a space for local & national readers/listeners to connect with queer & queer-friendly writers. Our mission is to provide a space for underrepresented voices to be heard and to connect writers and audiences no matter where they are. This series makes a positive contribution to the literary and LGBTQ community by encouraging all people to tell their stories without shame or fear.

S&Q is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Please note: the Bureau is closed on Mondays, but we will open at 6 pm for this event. 


Steven Cordova is the 2012 first-place winner of the International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize. His first full-length poetry collection, Long Distance, was published by Bilingual Review Press in 2010, and his poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A selection from Long Distance was recently set to music for the AIDS Quilt Songbook. Steven lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Shelley Ettinger

Shelley Ettinger‘s work has been published in Nimrod, Cream City Review, Liberation Lit, Blithe House Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly and other journals. She has been awarded residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation Arts Colony, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Norcroft Writing Retreat for Women, and, in 2007, a full scholarship to the first Lambda Literary Foundation Writers’ Retreat. An activist all her adult life, Shelley is a partisan of political poetry and fiction. She’s currently working on a novel suggested by the famous death and secret lesbian life of Kitty Genovese.


Christopher Soto
Christopher Soto
(aka Loma) is a queer latin@ punk poet who is concerned with dismantling patriarchy and white supremacy.  They are currently curating Nepantla, an e-journal dedicated to queer poets of color, in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. They have work forthcoming from Columbia: A Journal, Acentos Review,  Anti-, Wilde Magazine and more. They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.


Rosebud Ben-Oni

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work is forthcoming or appears in American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. Her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND (herkind.org) at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org). Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org







Start: January 6, 2014 7:00 PM
End: January 6, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division at Cage
Phone: 646 457 0859
83A Hester St., New York, 10002, United States