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  Join us for an evening of poetry with Linda Whalen Quinlan and Vittoria Repetto!   Linda Whalen Quinlan will read from her poetry book, Chelsea Creek, which won the Wicked Woman Poetry Competition.   Long-time LGBTQ activist and poet, Quinlan grew up the daughter of union parents, a factory worker, and a carpenter. As [...]

Fri. Nov 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

November 9, 2019

New York Voices of Humor & Danger

 

Humorist Fay Jacobs and crime fiction author Ann Aptaker bring the distinctive New York language, sound, humor and danger to their award winning Lesbian literature. Join them for an evening of laughs and dark streets.

 

Copies of both authors’ most recent books will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy/copies please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

 

Native New Yorker Fay Jacobs, and an Advocate Magazine 2019 Champion of Pride, has had a career in journalism, public relations and theater. Her one-woman comedy show, “Aging Gracelessly:50 Shades of Fay,” has played to sell-out crowds across the country, including New York’s Duplex Cabaret and aboard an Olivia cruise. She is the author of five books of humor: “As I Lay Frying,” “Fried & True,” “For Frying Out Loud,” “Time Fries-Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach,” and her latest, “Fried & Convicted-Rehoboth Beach Uncorked.” Her books and humorous essays have won numerous awards, including the 2008 National Federation of Press Women Book of the Year for humor. As a journalist, Fay has written for The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, The Advocate, The Philadelphia Gay News, The Washington Blade, curve magazine, Delaware Beach Life and more.

 

 

Lammy and Goldie winner, native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s first book, “Criminal Gold,” was a Golden Crown Literary Society’s Goldie Award finalist. Her next book, “Tarnished Gold” (Book Two in the Cantor Gold Crime Series), was honored with a Lambda Literary Award and a Goldie Award, the only mystery novel to win both awards for the same book. The third book in the series, “Genuine Gold,” won the 2018 Goldie Award. Book four, “Flesh and Gold,” is the newest book in the ongoing series. Ann’s short stories have appeared in two editions of the crime anthology Fedora, Switchblade Magazine’s Stiletto Heeled issue, and will be featured in the Mickey Finn crime anthology, releasing in 2020. She is one of six writers invited to provide a novella for Down & Out Books’ 2020 crime series. Her flash fiction, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet, and another flash fiction is featured in the Goldie winning anthology “Happy Hours: Our Lives in Gay Bars.” Ann is an art writer for various New York clients, and is an adjunct professor of art and art history at the New York Institute of Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: November 9, 2019 7:00 PM
End: November 9, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 8, 2019

Blood Box: A Book Launch and Reading

 

Join host Jesse Rice-Evans and readers Joey De Jesus, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Spencer Williams, Chase Berggrun, and Zefyr Lisowski to launch Zefyr Lisowski’s debut murder grief lesbian short collection of poetry, Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). From the publisher:

Blood Box, the deliciously haunting debut short collection from poet Zefyr Lisowski, takes us inside the infamous 1892 axe murders of Abby and Andrew Borden through twenty-six wide-ranging, stylistically experimental persona poems. Lisowski re-introduces us to mythologized spinster Lizzie Borden as we’ve never seen her before: a girl wielding an axe, yes, but also a girl trapped—in the boxes of age, of hunger, of loneliness, of blame. Lizzie, who was acquitted of the double murder of her father and stepmother, yet continues to haunt our cultural psyche over a hundred years later. Even now, “Violence dances with us like ghosts.”

In these pages, the notorious crime and its cast of characters serve as a jumping-off point for a textured exploration of inherited violence, queer intimacy, and the way family can be “another geometry, another violence too.” Blood Box is Lizzie’s story, but it’s also the story of grief, of selfhood, of trans and queer becoming. Lisowski’s Lizzie Borden is as sweet, sad, spooky, and haunted as a girl with an axe ever can be.

This event will run from 7 – 9 PM, with readings starting by 7:30. Come and be spooky!

A NOTE ON ACCESS: The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is on the second floor of The LGBT Community Center, with a working elevator; the building and Bureau are both wheelchair accessible, and chairs with backs will be provided. Wine, beer, & soft drinks will be provided by donation. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

 

Copies of Blood Box will be 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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ON THE READERS:

Zefyr Lisowski is a trans & queer Southerner, the author of Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and a Pisces. She’s a poetry co-editor at Apogee Journal and has received support from Tin House Writers Workshop, Sundress Academy for the Arts, The CUNY Graduate Center, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle, DIAGRAM, Literary Hub, Nat. Brut., and the Texas Review, among other places. She’s currently working on Wolf Inventory, a collaborative film about ghost stories, ritual, and feminized sexual violence in the South, with filmmaker and artist Candace Thompson. Find her and more of her work online at zeflisowski.com.

 

A fat femme from NC, Jesse Rice-Evans is a former waitress and current doctoral student. She teaches workshops on digital writing and access-centered pedagogy. Read her poetry and essays in WUSSY, Nat. Brut, honey & lime, and others.

 

Joey De Jesus is the author of HOAX (Operating System, 2020), NOCT- The Threshold of Madness (The Atlas Review, 2019), and co-author, alongside Sade LaNay, of Writing Voice into the Archive vol. 1, organized and edited by Jennifer Tamayo with support from UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender. Joey formerly co-edited poetry at Apogee Journal, is an Advisory Board Member at No, Dear Magazine. Joey received the 2019-20 BRIC ArtFP Project Room Commission and 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry. Poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day, Bettering American Poetry, BOAAT, The Brooklyn Rail, The Literary Review, and several other venues and installed at Artists Space, The New Museum, Franklin Street Works and elsewhere. Joey is running for New York State Assembly of District 38 in 2020 and needs your support.

 

Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet. She is the author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, jubilat, Poetry, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from NYU.

 

Cyree Jarelle Johnson is a librarian and writer from Piscataway, New Jersey. They hold a MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. He is the author of two books, SLINGSHOT (2019) and How Greek Immigrants Made America Home (2018). Cyree’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Rewire News, The Root, and MOTHERBOARD/Vice. They have given speeches and lectures at The White House, TEDxColumbia University, Brown University, The University of Pennsylvania, community organizations, churches, festivals, and conferences throughout the United States. His work has been supported by Davis Putter Scholarship Fund, Astraea Foundation, Leeway Foundation, Disabled Writers, Culture/Strike, and the donations of countless community members who believe in what he does.

 

Spencer Williams is from Chula Vista, California. She is the author of the chapbook Alien Pink (2017, The Atlas Review Chapbook Series) and has work featured in Apogee, [PANK], Bat City Review, Pacifica, and IndieWire. In her spare time, she forgets to utilize the avocados she’s bought until it’s too late and they’ve all gone soft. She has at least seven Neopets accounts she forgot the passwords to, and received a BA in English and Cinematic Arts from University of Iowa. She’s currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Rutgers-Newark.

Start: November 8, 2019 7:00 PM
End: November 8, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 7, 2019

Cristóbal Guerra, Ripley Soprano, and Candystore: How We Need

 

A reading and performance on November 7 by Queer|Art|Mentorship artists Cristóbal Guerra, Ripley Soprano, and Candystore will activate works on display in the Bureau. Guerra presents a three-dimensional iteration of their book La Señal, about the historical narratives that have shaped colonial resistance in the islands currently known as “Puerto Rico.” Soprano performs poems and sound collages as part of their installation harmreduxxcommunism. Candystore screens a video collaboration with Jake Brush about the anus as a portal for self-discovery, universality, and connection via poetic and performative sensibilities.

This event is part of the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual, curated by current Fellow Jeanne Vaccaro and titled “How do we know what we need you to know: Intimate access and collective care.” The exhibition will present across multiple formats and locations (including The LGBT Community Center, Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, Movement Research, and La MaMa E.T.C.) new work by the graduating Fellows of the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship program: J. Bouey, Candystore, Daniel Chew, Xandra Clark, Sarah Creagen, Cristóbal Guerra, Russell Perkins, Ripley Soprano, and Natalie Tsui. Learn more at www.queer-art.org/qam-annual

About Cristóbal Guerra

Cristóbal Guerra is an interdisciplinary artist from Puerto Rico. Their work combines experimental video, documentary film, visual art, and text to explore ideas of “home”, el caribe, queerness and belonging. Through an interdisciplinary practice Cristóbal aims to explore the lived experience of being raised queer in the colony of PR in conversation with an evolving identity shaped by diasporic experience. Through research, experimental video, and text they look for the political in the personal. Intimate archival footage and documentary work seek to articulate present processes through a type of closure with the past, while poetry, prose, and other texts sets its sights on imaginaries that take into account the “canon”—and what was excluded from it—during the artist’s process of learning their own history as a colonial subject. Cristóbal work commonly deals with memory, language, new media and its relations to the Boricua diaspora. And more recently, the idea of non-corporeality and post-nationalistic thought informs the wrting of “La Señal”, a book the artist has developed during their time at Queer|Art|Mentorship.

About Ripley Soprano

Ripley Soprano is an organizer and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. They have been organizing for over a decade around racial and economic justice issues. They co-founded New York 2 New Orleans Coalition (NY2NO), New York Students Rising, Youngist: young people-powered media, and the fundraising collective “Shadowbanned” that materially supports sex workers facing criminalization. They are an editor and co-owner of Mask Magazine, and are currently co-authoring a book on the social history of incest for TigerBee Press alongside Sophia Giovannitti. Ripley has been published in Mask, AlterNet, The Nation Magazine, the New York Times, and Salon.

About Candystore

Imagine you are staring at a naked butt. On the left cheek is the letter “J” and on the right cheek are the letters “O” and “Y”. The ethos of Candystore’s artistic practice is to spread JOY. She-he thinks labels are short-sighted / obnoxious and art is more powerful when it is made accessible and in collaboration. Like many before shimher, Candystore has been cursed to consider the world poetically (ugh) and is at least trying to have a little fun with that. She-he was a 2018-2019 artist-in-residence with Shandaken: Governor’s Island. In 2019, she was one of four recipients of the Shannon Michael Cane Award from Printed Matter, which allowed shimher the opportunity to self-publish her debut book of poetry, Hi Angels. Candystore’s writing and art have been published in PAPER Magazine, Phile Magazine, Riot of Perfume, Precog Mag, RFD, and others. She-he has performed around New York City, most notably at MoMA PS1, though it was only in the book store. Candystore also performs every time she-he uses a public restroom. She-he loves dick and lives in Brooklyn, NY in a pink room.

 

Start: November 7, 2019 7:00 PM
End: November 7, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 6, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: We 3/Os 3

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

On November 6th please join us for a viewing of We 3/Os 3 (2011), directed by Nando Olival, starring Gabriel Godoy,
Victor Mendes, and Juliana Schalch.

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.

Synopsis: College housemates Cazé, Rafael, and Camila agree not to date each other while they live together, but when they are offered the chance to participate in their own reality show to market products for a large company, things get complicated. Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes, in Portuguese with English subtitles.

 

 

Start: November 6, 2019 6:30 PM
End: November 6, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

November 5, 2019

Russell Perkins & Nancy Brooks Brody: A Different Light

 

A conversation with Current Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow Russell Perkins and his Mentor Nancy Brooks Brody (Fierce Pussy), along with Jeanne Vaccaro and Caitlin McCarthy, The Center’s Archivist about the legacy of art embedded in the working life of the LGBT Community Center, and a proposal for a new work by Nancy Brooks Brody and Russell Perkins, titled A Different Light, celebrating Leslie Feinberg and hir trailblazing labor to articulate marginalized queer histories and identities.


This event is part of the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual, curated by current Fellow Jeanne Vaccaro and titled “How do we know what we need you to know: Intimate access and collective care.” The exhibition will present across multiple formats and locations (including The LGBT Community Center, Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, Movement Research, and La MaMa E.T.C.) new work by the graduating Fellows of the 2018-2019 Queer|Art|Mentorship program: J. Bouey, Candystore, Daniel Chew, Xandra Clark, Sarah Creagen, Cristóbal Guerra, Russell Perkins, Ripley Soprano, and Natalie Tsui. Learn more at www.queer-art.org/qam-annual

About A Different Light

A Different Light is an artwork about margins and in-between spaces. As a permanent, site-specific installation at The Center, Nancy Brooks Brody and Russell Perkins propose to engrave a small constellation of marks on the exposed undersides of the stone stairs of Stairwell C. These marks are drawn from handwritten notes found in writer, activist, and trans historian Leslie Feinberg’s personal library; culled from texts on political science, history, and poetry, they testify to moments of questioning, critical engagement, and discovery in Feinberg’s reading and writing practice.

The work is inspired by the legacy of art embedded in the working life of The Center. Joining the installations by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt and Susan Strande that already share the liminal space of the stairway, it is meant to be viewed by passing through. The old stone steps resonate with the collective movements of the many bodies that have used them. Similarly, the heavily marked-up book pages—which we found as a result of our research in The Center archives—resonate with Feinberg’s trailblazing labor to articulate marginalized queer histories and identities.

In both cases, one senses an indexical contact with the past that cannot be translated into any single statement or message, but which speaks to physical processes of community in formation. By proposing an analogy between the transitional space of the stairway and the intertextual space of the margin, the work suggests that the viewer is participating in a story that is still being written.

As part of A Different Light, Nancy Brooks Brody and Russell Perkins propose to paint the lights in The Center’s outdoor courtyard pink. The lights’ coloring will be visible in both the day and night; once the sun has set and the lights are turned on, the space will be bathed in a warm, pink glow. The piece contrasts the weight and interiority of the proposed stairway engraving; both works, however require the viewer to look up in order to notice them. Because the windows on each floor landing of Stairwell C look out into the courtyard, the two works are also visible to one another.

 

 

 

Start: November 5, 2019 7:00 PM
End: November 5, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.