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Rob Redding on race & losing his boyfriend to gun violence

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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

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Events

April 6, 2017

A Discussion of Umberto Saba’s ‘Ernesto’ with Peter Cameron, Benjamin Taylor, Jaime Manrique, and Stefano Albertini

 
Please join NYRB Classics in celebrating the publication of Umberto Saba’s Ernesto, a classic of gay Italian literature available in a new translation by Estelle Gilson. Peter Cameron, Benjamin Taylor, Jaime Manrique, and Stefano Albertini will discuss Saba’s life and work.

 
 
Peter Cameron is the author of six novels, including ‘Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You,’ and two collections of short stories. He lives in New York City and Vermont, where he runs Shrinking Violet Press, which publishes limited editions of finely-crafted books. He has written afterwords to many books, including New York Review of Books’ ‘The Outward Room’ by Millen Brand and ‘Totempole’ by Sanford Friedman.
 
 
Benjamin Taylor‘s family memoir, ‘The Hue and Cry at Our House,’ will be published in May of 2017 by Penguin Books. He is also the author of ‘Proust: The Search,’ named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times Book Review; ‘Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay,’ named a Best Book of 2012 by Judith Thurman in The New Yorker; and of two novels, ‘Tales Out of School,’ winner of the Harold Ribalow Prize, and ‘The Book of Getting Even,’ winner of a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize. He edited ‘Saul Bellow: Letters,’ named a Best Book of 2010 by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times and Jonathan Yardley at The Washington Post, and Bellow’s ‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction.’ A faculty member in the New School’s Graduate School of Writing, Taylor also teaches in the Graduate Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. A past fellow and current trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he is also president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. ‘Debriefing,’ his edition of the short fiction of Susan Sontag, is due from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November of 2017.
 
 
Jaime Manrique was born in Colombia. He is a bilingual novelist, essayist, translator, and poet. His novels include ‘Latin Moon in Manhattan,’ ‘Our Lives Are the Rivers,’ and ‘Cervantes Street.’ He has been the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a winner of Colombia’s National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award. Mr. Manrique’s work has been translated to twelve languages. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. He has just completed a new novel, ‘Like This Afternoon Forever.’

 

 

 
 

Start: April 6, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 6, 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 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.