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Negative Press Reading + Launch

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  New year, new cultural horizon! Negative Press, a gay Marxist poetry collective, invites you to an evening of poems and other provocations.     Kay Gabriel is a minor internet personality.   Zachary LaMalfa is a minor internet personality.   David W. Pritchard is a minor internet personality.   A.B. Robinson is a minor [...]

Tue. Jan 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

March 5, 2017

Feminists Read Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, by Audre Lorde

 

Join us to discuss Audre Lorde‘s autobiography/biomythography, ZAMI : A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME (Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1982). In the words of the feminist publication off our backs’ review (quoted on the cover of the book), “ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 50′s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. … Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.”

 

Please support the Bureau and purchase your copy of ZAMI: A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME at the Bureau! Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Start: March 5, 2017 5:00 PM
End: March 5, 2017 7:00 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 and the Audre Lorde Project. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 28, 2017

Union Square Slam Presents: Lo Anderson!

 

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

The stunning Lo Anderson will be blessing USS with her down-to-earthy vibes and damn near angelic voice.
About our Show:

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

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Open Mic // $5

 

 

 

 

Start: February 28, 2017 7:30 PM
End: February 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: $5

February 25, 2017

FIGHT Harder: NYC Poets Organize In Trump Era

I DONT WANT TO LOOK BACK AT THESE YEARS AND THINK
“I SHOULD HAVE FOUGHT HARDER.” NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND UP.

this event is a strategic planning meeting for poets in nyc who want to discuss and get ready for the year of literary activism ahead… that way we can be proactive about all the bullshit coming our way, as opposed to reactionary to it.

This event is being planned quickly / organically. Literary Presses that will be present for the discussion and promoting this event are:

Nepantla & Undocupoets
Drunken Boat
The Operating System
No, Dear
Brooklyn Arts Press
Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon
Sibling Rivalry Press
Noemi Press
Weird Sister
Kundiman
The Poets Settlement
Newfound
Union Square Slam

Let Christopher Soto know if you would like to add your press or organization to this list. All you need to do is help invite folks to the event page and have a representative present at the meeting.

Tenative Agenda:
- What social/governmental issues do we want addressed in the coming year
- What literary activist issues do we want addressed in the coming year
- What strategies for activism have we seen be successful?
-Where and how do we focus our energy?

 

 

 

Start: February 25, 2017 4:00 PM
End: February 25, 2017 6:00 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

February 22, 2017

Come Talk Some Moonlight! Meaning, Message, and Magic

 

Join Urban+Out for an intimate community conversation on Moonlight! One of the most important and innovative LGBT films in years, Moonlight has sparked lots of feelings and thoughts- come share yours!

We will delve deeper into key themes and perspectives through our discussion and closer readings of the extraordinary writing it has inspired, from deeply personal pieces on masculinity, sexuality, race, and redemption, to poignant explorations of 1980s Miami, Afro-Cuban identity, and music. We are putting together an online Moonlight Reader of articles and invite you to select articles/themes to explore and share during our discussion.

URBAN+OUT supports professional development, community empowerment, and cultural and civic
engagement.

URBAN+OUT engages, empowers, and supports diverse LGBTQ professionals of color to connect with, invest in, and contribute to each other, and all the communities in which we live.

 

 

 

Start: February 22, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 22, 2017 8:30 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 $5 to $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

February 21, 2017

USS presents Nora Meiners and Open Slam #5

 

It’s that time of the month again! Time for our second-to-last chance to qualify for Union Square Slam Finals! Time to attend a free writing workshop to tighten up that poem you’ve been working on! Time to get your head and heart back on straight, with a little help from the wicked smaht Nora Meiners!

6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Writing Workshop
7:30pm – 8pm: Sign Ups.
8pm: First round of Slam
8:45pm: Feature
9:10 second and third rounds of slam

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Nora Meiners is mostly all ears and maybe some words. Which is to say she wants to read/hear your poems most! She has competed as a member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam, 2014 Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam National teams, and performed as a showcase poet on finals stage for the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam in Flagstaff. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

About our Slam:

::Union Square Slam National Team Competition::

There are six opportunities to compete for the Union Square Slam National Team. The top two winners of each Open Slam have secured their spot in Finals.
Each open slam will :
consist of up to 8 poet competitors
have a 3 min time limit for each round with a 10-second grace period
will go from 8 in the first round to 5 in the second round and 3 in the third round (this is subject to change depending on the number of competitors that night — see below)
be scored cumulatively — the winner of the night will have the highest cumulative score from all three rounds.

Union Square Slam Nationals Qualifiers (Open Slams) are on the following dates:

September 20th
October 18th
November 15th
January 17th
February 21st
March 21st

Union Square Slam National Team Selection Finals will be held on April 18th.

The National Poetry Slam will be held in Denver, CO August 7-12th, 2017. All proceeds and donations to Union Square Slam go directly to funding travel, lodging and registration fees for representatives of Union Square Slam at national events.

In order to represent Union Square Slam at any National Competition, you must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years old or older
Be an active member of PSI at the time of competition (register at www.poetryslam.com you cover your annual registration fee of $20 — questions? Talk to Cecily or the current slam manager)
Read, sign, and adhere to the PSI Code of Conduct
Participate in at least one Specialty Slam during the 2016-7 season. Specialty Slams include WOWPS qualifiers, Nerd Slams, Petty Slams, Iron Poet Slams, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: February 21, 2017 6:30 PM
End: February 21, 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: $5