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Shinjuku Story: Exhibition and Book Signing

Kaz

  Please join Brooklyn based photographer, Kaz Senju, for his first solo show and book signing with his project Shinjuku Story, interviews and photography of Tokyo gay and lesbian bar owners. The exhibition is on view at the Bureau from September 25-30, 1-7 pm.   Book signing special event on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm, hosted by [...]

Fri. Sep 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Events

October 13, 2017

XXO Reading featuring DJ Ashtrae & all his Friends

 

The Triple Love Reading series (XXO) began as a dirty dream in a twisted era. It celebrates the ways poets struggle with and make out the world. It also aspires to mix different communities in NYC. XXO is funded in part by the Greater Los Angeles Cotton Candy Fortune.

 

 

DJ Ashtrae

In the summer of 2016, DJ Ashtrae (Joshua Escobar) graduated from the Master of Fine Art program at Bard College where he was the Dean’s Fellow in Writing, as well as the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Merit Fellow. His first collection, Caljforkya Voltage, winner of 2017 No, Dear/Small Anchor Press Chapbook Competition, launched this September. He is a CantoMundo fellow. He lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with dj lil piñata. IG: djashtrae17.

 

 

 Carina del Valle Schorske

Carina del Valle Schorske is a poet, essayist, and Spanish language translator at large in New York City. Her work has appeared at the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New Yorker online, Lit Hub, Boston Review, New York Magazine, The Offing, Washington Square, and elsewhere. She recently won Gulf Coast’s 2016 Prize for her translations of the Puerto Rican poet Marigloria Palma. She is the happy recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, the MacDowell Colony, and Columbia University, where she is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature. carinadelvalleschorske.tumblr.com /Twitter: @fluentmundo / IG: @psycheandstupid

 

 

Maria Fernanda Snellings

María Fernanda Snellings is an award-winning poet from Washington, D.C. Her poems & translations have appeared in Luna Luna Magazine, The Wide Shore, Kweli Journal & elsewhere. In 2017, she received fellowships from Callaoo Writers Workshop and CantoMundo. María Fernanda is a Black-Ecuatoriana and a proponent of open-lingual space.

 

 

Omotara James

Omotara James writes and lives in New York City. Her poetry chapbook, Daughter Tongue, was selected by African Poetry Book Fund in collaboration with Akashic Books for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her work has appeared in The Recluse, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and has been awarded scholarships by the Home School and Cave Canem. Her awards include the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her debut full length collection, Mama Wata is forthcoming from CCM press. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at NYU. www.omotarajames.com /@omotarajames (IG, twitter)

 

 

Mel Elberg

Mel Elberg is a cyclical homosexual garden variety poet at large.

 

 

Tanya Zamirouskaya

Tanya Zamirouskaya was born in Borisov, USSR, Soviet Belarus. Zamirouskaya writes surreal short stories about memory, ghosts, alienation and language deprivation. Her literary works have been published in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, where she worked as a journalist and music critic. She is the author of two short stories collections, Life Without Noise And Pain (2010, Moscow, AST Publishing House) and Sparrow River (2015, Moscow, AST Publishing House). She is currently attempting to write in English in order to study the effects of the language insufficiency on memory, narration, and representation. In 2017 Zamirouskaya finished her MFA in writing at Bard College. She lives in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: October 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 13, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

October 12, 2017

It Makes Me Whole

 

Please join us for an evening of films by artist Doug Ischar. In conjunction with his show of drawings at the Bureau, Love me Tender, Jared Buckhiester presents three of Ischar’s works BRB, Alone With You, and Tristes Tarzan. A new collaborative film by John Neff and Steve Reinke will be screened as an introduction to the program.

The screening will begin shortly after 7 pm.

Total Run Time 69min.

 

Image:  Still from Alone With You,

 

Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar has worked in sound, video, and photography. His work has evolved from large-scale multimedia installations to single-channel videos that address issues surrounding gay identity, desire, and loss. Currently an associate professor of photography at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Photographers Gallery, London; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; and Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo.

 

John Neff is a Chicago based artist working with photography,  installation, and video.  His works have been shown at Artists Space, New York; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago; Golden Gallery, Chicago and New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Neff is a founding curatorial board member of Chicago’s Iceberg Projects and codirector of the Ravenswood Elementary School Curatorial Practice Program. In 2016, he served as a consulting curator to the Chicago iteration of the traveling exhibition “Art AIDS America” at Alphawood Gallery. His co-edited volume Militant Eroticism: The Art+Positive Archives is forthcoming from Sternberg Press.

 

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his videos. His work is screened widely and is in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pompidou (Paris), and the National Gallery (Ottawa).  Born in a village in northern Ontario, he is currently associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. In the 1990′s he produced the ambitious omnibus The Hundred Videos (1996), and a book of his scripts, Everybody Loves Nothing: Scripts 1997-2005 was published by Coach House (Toronto). He has also co-edited several books, including By the Skin of Their Tongues: Artist Video Scripts (co-edited with Nelson Henricks, 1997),  Lux: A Decade of Artists’ Film and Video (with Tom Taylor, 2000), and The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (with Chris Gehman, 2005).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: October 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 12, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

October 11, 2017

Gender-fluidly Yours: an Evening of Queer Non-binary Non-Fiction with Hida Viloria & Jeffrey Marsh

 
Non-binary pioneers Hida Viloria and Jeffrey Marsh will discuss and read from their respective books, Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hida Viloria, Hachette Books) and How to Be You (Jeffrey Marsh, Penguin Random House), with a Q & A to follow.
 
Born Both: An Intersex Life and How to Be You are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!
 
 
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Hida Viloria is a Latinx writer and LGBTQIA activist in the vanguard of bringing intersex and non-binary issues to human rights organizations as a consultant (United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Lambda Legal), and to the masses as a frequent television and radio guest (Oprah, 20/20, NPR, BBC…) and one of the most extensively published writers in the field (HuffPost, The Daily Beast, The Advocate, The NY Times, Ms….). Hida spearheaded the first global call by and for intersex human rights, was the first openly intersex person invited to speak at the UN, and is a leader in the fight for non-binary gender recognition with the non-profit s/he founded, the Intersex Campaign for Equality, and as the recipient of the second intersex birth certificate in the U.S.. This spring, s/he was interviewed by Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, and NPR about her memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hachette Books), which was selected as one of People’s best new books and praised by The NY Times, The Washington Post, and more, and is the first book by an intersex author published by a Big 5 publisher.
 
 
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Jeffrey Marsh, author of ‘How to Be You’ from Penguin Random House, is an LGBTQ activist and icon whose message of inclusion and acceptance has amassed over 300 MILLION views on social media. Named ‘Viner of the Year’ by CBS, Jeffrey has 500k+ fans on their social channels, and is the creator of the global trends #NoTimeToHateMyself and #DontSayThatsSoGay. Jeffrey is a regular contributor, writer, and on-air host for Snapchat Stories, Facebook Live, O Magazine, Oprah.com, TIME.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mashable, and Mom.me, to name a few. Other notable achievements include Jeffrey as social media ambassador/correspondent for MTV/LOGO, VH1, GLSEN, GLAAD and PFLAG. As a fashion model, Jeffrey changed the garment industry by becoming the first gender non-binary bride in a bridal gown lookbook. Jeffrey is the first non-binary author with Penguin Random House, and the first multi-hyphenate talent to use ‘they/them’ pronouns (as opposed to he/she/his/her’). Jeffrey’s fans are updated regularly on their self-acceptance fan club app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, and Jeffrey will soon be seen as the fashion model for their own line of genderfluid clothing.

 
 
 
 
 

Start: October 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 11, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

October 10, 2017

How to Unsilence the Silenced: Karen Tintori’s Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family

 
Karen Tintori, author of Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family, reads and shares research techniques in how to exhume tragic family stories. Annie Lanzillotto hosts and runs the Q & A.

 

“Nearly every family has a skeleton in the closet, an ancestor who sins against custom and tradition and pays a double price–ostracism or worse at the time, and obliteration from the memory of succeeding generations. Few of these transgressors paid a higher price than Frances Costa, who was brutally murdered by her own brothers in a 1919 Sicilian honor killing in Detroit. And fewer yet have had a more tenacious successor than Frances’ great niece, Karen Tintori, who refused to allow the truth to remain forgotten. This is a book for anyone who shares the conviction that all history, in the end, is family history.” — Frank Viviano, author of “Blood Washes Blood”

 

Copies of Unto the Daughters are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

Karen Tintori is an American author of fiction and nonfiction. Her books cover a wide range of human experience, from the mysteries of the Kabbalah to the lives of Italian American immigrants. Her books include: “Unto the Daughters: the legacy of an honor killing in a Sicilian American Family,” and “Trapped, the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.” She writes both as a solo author and in collaboration with New York Times best-selling author Jill Gregory with whom she wrote: “The Book of Names,” and “The Illumination,” among others. For more info: www.karentintori.com
 
 
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of “L is for Lion: an Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Mfemoir” and the book of poetry “Schistsong.” Forthcoming in March is Annie’s double book: “Hard Candy: caregiving, mourning and stagelight” and “Pitch Roll Yaw.” As a singer/songwriter, Annie’s albums include: “Blue Pill,” “Swampjuice: Yankee With a Southern Peasant Soul,” “Never Argue With a Jackass,” “Carry My Coffee.” For more info: www.annielanzillotto.com

 
 
 

Start: October 10, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

October 8, 2017

AUTO ROBO ECO: Readings

 
AUTO ROBO ECO is a reading for an informal group of writers and artists of various genres writing into the question of selfhood in context. Many of us are interested in thinking through experience as a way to discover or contextualize theory, politics, community, marginalization, body, philosophy, literature, family narratives, art history, transness, queerness, comedy, illness, identity, immigration, feminism, sexuality, and performance. Our little group is celebrating one year of dinners and workshops and processy check ins, and are excited to share what we’ve made. We will be reading a selection of our work.
 
 
Andrew Blevins is a writer from North Georgia. His essays have been featured in Real Life, The Point, n+1 online, and Crazyhorse. But he might be reading some fiction. He said for me to tell you, “Hey.”
 
 
Jacqueline Feldman is a writer living in New York who also works in artificial intelligence. She has contributed most recently to The New Yorker online, Real Life, and The White Review. Her research interests include the architecture of precariousness in Paris and psychological development and gender as they pertain to bots.
 
 
Jess Goldschmidt writes for performance and also nonfiction. She lives in Glendale, CA and Brooklyn, NY. jessgoldschmidt.com
 
 
Ethan Philbrick is a writer and composer. He recently completed a dissertation at the department of Performance Studies at NYU entitled Group Work and his compositions have been performed in New York at the Skirball Center, Grey Art Gallery, and Abrons Arts Center.
 
 
Chloé Rossetti is an artist, writer, performer, director, and sensuality educator. Their creative work lives at the intersection of ecology, collectivism, agency, pleasure, rewilding, sensuality, and love. They are a staff writer for Luna Luna magazine, and have written for Huffpost, RENDER, artforum.com, The Brooklyn Rail, and The American Reader. chloerossetti.com
 
 
Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and video. Their visual art and writing often play between autobiographical and historical content, often comedically. Buzzslutzky.com
 
 
A note on the event image:
This is an illustration of Patricia Highsmith by Buzz Slutzky related to their memoir, which uses The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith as a backdrop to the narrative.
 
 
 
 

Start: October 8, 2017 6:30 PM
End: October 8, 2017 8:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and the readers. No one turned away for lack of funds.