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April 4, 2017

Union Square Slam presents Timothy DuWhite and our Capturing Fire Qualifier

 

Come on out for our Very Here, Very Queer CAPTURING FIRE QUALIFIER, featuring Capturing Fire’s 2015 Champion and all-around No BullPoop No Fux Giving Poet/Prophet/Pidgeon Whisperer Timothy DuWhite!!
 
6:30pm Free Writing Workshop with I.S. Jones
7:30pm Sign-Ups and Socialize
8:00pm Slam and Feature
$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
 
COMPETING POETS: must be self-identified queer to compete! must have three 3 minute poems! must consider registering for Capturing Fire and competing anyway, regardless of who wins this qualifier!
About our Feature:
 
Timothy DuWhite is the current Program Manager at New York Writers Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to providing writing workshops to under-served communities. Prior to his time at NYWC, Timothy worked as the Program Coordinator at Urban Word NYC, a champion in youth literacy, and as the Online Communications Specialist at Believe Out Loud, an online network invested in bridging the gap between the faith and LGBTQ communities. He received his BA in English/Creative Writing from Montclair State University, where he developed his love for spoken word poetry and performance. Timothy’s work has been featured at venues/sites such as the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s cafe, The Rumpus, Bowery Poetry Club, La Mama Theater and many more. In 2015, Timothy developed a writing workshop entitled “HIV & the State: Coalition Building beyond the Condom,” in which he communally debunks popular narratives surrounding HIV as it relates to black people. Timothy’s political work and analysis has granted him appearances/keynote speeches at institutions such as San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, Columbia College Chicago, and many more. When he isn’t off trying to save the world, Tim can be found working on his next play, and listening to 90’s R&B.
About Capturing Fire:
 
Capturing Fire is a DC-based international spoken word and poetry festival where queer-identified writers gather for 3 days of individual poetry slam competition, alongside panels, workshops and performances during the day. The Poetry Slam focus of Capturing Fire will be June 9 and 10 with a series of Queer Arts Events starting Sunday June 4 at The Sparkle Open Mic at Busboys & Poets. We will be holding Capturing Fire during Capital Pride Weekend which culminates with the LGBT March on Sunday June 11, 2017 at 10am. For more information, please refer to https://capfireslam.org/

 

 

 
 

Start: April 4, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 4, 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 Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

April 1, 2017

Book Launch for Claudia Cortese’s Wasp Queen and Gillian Cummings’ My Dim Aviary

 

Please join us for the launch party of Claudia Cortese’s Wasp Queen and Gillian CummingsMy Dim Aviary. Gillian and Claudia are press sisters whose books were just published by Black Lawrence Press.

Ocean Vuong says that “Claudia Cortese has given to Lucy what Anne Carson has given to Geryon: a life as desperate and fraught as our own, which is to say, a human rendition of the poetic potential. . . . I finished this Wasp Queen only to read it all over again, finding and losing myself, gladly, at every turn.

D. Nurkse says that My Dim Aviary is a book filled “with the ache of individuation, the estrangement of sexuality—‘a swan gouging its breast with its bill.’ Searing in its originality, My Dim Aviary is a masterful conception, a trance, a prayer of abandonment.”

There will be cupcakes! There will cake! There will be plastic tiaras! There will be purple mood lighting! There will be a most glorious mix playing (Whitney Houston, Bikini Kill, Pat Benatar…)

Grey Vild (bio below) will be emceeing; Claudia and Gillian will read from their gorgeous books; and these brilliant humans will also be reading:

Jayson P. Smith is a writer/performance artist from the Bronx. Their poems & interviews appear / are forthcoming in journals such as Gulf Coast, Vinyl Magazine, & The Offing. J is a 2016-17 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow with The Poetry Project, & has received previous support from The Conversation Literary Festival & Millay Colony for the Arts. They currently live in Brooklyn and the internet at jaysonpsmith.com.

Kaveh Akbar‘s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, APR, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in September 2017.

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2016, ELJ Publications) & Xenos (2016, Agape Editions).

Grey Vild is a Queer Art Mentorship & Brooklyn Poets fellow & a MFA candidate in poetry at Rutgers University. His work can be found at Them, Vetch, Harriet: The Blog and elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: April 1, 2017 7:30 PM
End: April 1, 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.

March 31, 2017

The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition

 

Join us for the opening reception party for The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition on Friday, March 31st. We’ll screen clips from the new feature film, Nothing Without Us, by Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patierno. From New York to Nigeria. Burundi to the American South beginning at 7 PM.
 
The readings by Eileen Myles and Sassafras Lowrey have been postponed. We’ll keep you posted.
 
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!
 
Also exhibited, images of powerful women fighting AIDS worldwide from the new feature film, Nothing Without Us, by Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patierno. From New York to Nigeria. Burundi to the American South.

 

The Lesbian Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition will be on view at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division from March 31 through June 4, 2017.

 

Related upcoming events:

Friday, April 21 Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress” in co-operation with Lambda Literary. Includes Avenger co-founder and writer Sarah Schulman and writer Carmen Machado

Friday, May 12 Lesbian Avengers 25 event series, “Resist, Rebel, Transgress” featuring a screening of the powerful film, Nothing Without Us, by Harriet Hirshorn and Mary Patierno about women fighting AIDS worldwide.

Friday, June 2 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.

photo: Carolina Kroon, Dyke March, Washington, DC, 1993

 

 

 

 

Start: March 31, 2017 6:00 PM
End: March 31, 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

March 30, 2017

Belladonna* WITH Sam Ace & Aristilde Kirby (co-presented by Vetch)

 

Belladonna* Collaborative & Vetch Magazine present: Sam Ace & Aristilde Kirby will read at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division on March 30, at 7pm.

New chaplets from each reader will be available at the event.

Vetch is the first magazine of its kind, a journal of poetry solely by trans writers. We aim to publish work that is as excited about being poetry as it is engaged with the social conditions that allow for its production. Say it has an aesthetic and doubles down hard, wouldn’t that be fun. Belladonna* Collaborative’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

Samuel Ace is the author of Normal Sex, Home in three days. Don’t wash., and Stealth (a collaboration with Maureen Seaton). He has received the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award and is a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Poetry, Fence, Posit, Vinyl, Troubling the Line: Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Best American Experimental Poetry 2016 and many other publications. www.samuelace.com

 

Aristilde Kirby is a poet born in the Bronx, NY, but currently lives in Carrollton, GA. She is 25, a UGA Master Gardener, was previously published in Vetch (no. 2 & 3). She has a few things in the works, and hopefully forthcoming. You can just call her Aris, say her name like Paris without the P or Aeris from FFVII, but with & without the lisp. She’s a black lesbian in either case. You can find her on twitter @motjustine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: March 30, 2017 7:00 PM
End: March 30, 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 $3 - $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

March 28, 2017

Union Square Slam presents George Abraham’s Book Release Party

 

We are so thrilled to celebrate George Abraham‘s release of their first book, al youm! Please join us for a free writing workshop, a lively open mic, and George!

6:30pm Writing Workshop w/ IS Jones
7:30pm Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm Open Mic

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Suggested Donation: $5-$10

Praise for al youm:

“George Abraham is the poetic love child of Whitman and Darwish, an exile living in the borderlands of his own Palestinian body. Through these poems–daringly experimental, explosively confession–he rebuilds himself out of his own erasure. In his words, ‘your body isn’t a temple–/ your body is the heaven the temples bow to.’”

- Phil Metres, author of Sand Opera, winner of the Arab American Book Award

“George Abraham’s al youm engages my brain and my heart in ways both relentless and tender. These poems do such exciting things with form—they are simultaneously ancient and futuristic, considering old hurts and old histories while constantly reimagining what is possible in terms of what a poem can do—visually, syntactically, emotionally— on the page. However, their technical skill comes in no way at the expense of their pulsing, living heart—these poems hurt, and bloom, and I will never, ever stop thinking about them. ”

- Safia Elhillo, author of The January Children

“George Abraham’s poems are both guide and gift. Here is writing through the body in space and time; through ancestral memory and trauma; here is breath, soul, life — in America; in Palestine. Abraham’s poems arrive as ingenious and necessary solutions to equations we don’t yet know we need. This book is how we heal.”

- Marwa Helal, author of Invasive Species (forthcoming with Nightboat Books)
 
About the Author:

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American poet attending Swarthmore College. They competed in the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (placing 2nd out of 68 international teams), the National Poetry Slam, and the Individual World Poetry Slam. They are a Pushcart nominee, a 2-time recipient of the Favianna Rodriguez Award for Artistic Activism, and a recipient of the Ghassan Kanafani Palestinian Literature Scholarship. They are the author of al youm: for yesterday & her inherited traumas – a winner of the Atlas Review’s 2016 chapbook contest. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Diode, Kweli, the Margins, Thrush, Apogee, and Sukoon, as well as the Ghassan Kanafani Anthology of Palestinian Literature. They hope to continue bringing awareness to Palestinian human rights and socio-economic struggles through art.
More work and contact info can be found at his artist website: http://gabrahampoet.wixsite.com/gabrahampoet

 

 
 

Start: March 28, 2017 6:30 PM
End: March 28, 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 Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)