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Aural Fixation: A Post-Pride Fiction Extravaganza

Sasson reading

  Ready for summer? We know we are. Please join us for an evening of sultry tales and sizzling yarns as authors VIET DINH (After Disasters), DENNIS NORRIS (“Food 4 THOT”), ERIC SASSON  (Admissions, Margins of Tolerance), and JONATHAN VATNER (Carnegie Hill) provide the aural delights. Your ears will never be the same.     [...]

Tue. Jun 26, 2018 7:00 PM


June 21, 2017

Categorically Queer: A Reading featuring Lauren Clark, David Eye, & Jerome Murphy

Featuring Lauren Clark, David Eye, and Jerome Murphy. It’s a reading, but we’re queering it up: Audience members choose the themes and the poets respond. Will you draw “Femme Realness”? Or “Love and Other Body Fluids”? Or “My Dad’s an Asshole?” Et cetera.

Lauren Clark’s first collection of poems, Music for a Wedding, was selected by Vijay Seshadri for the 2016 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. It will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017. They work as Program & Development Coordinator at Poets House in New York City and collaborate with Etc. Gallery in Chicago.

David Eye is the author of Seed (The Word Works, 2017), chosen by Eduardo C. Corral. He will attend the 2017 Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Walter E. Dakin Fellow. He was awarded a scholarship to Sewanee in 2014 and was a finalist for the 2015-16 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. David earned an MFA from Syracuse University in 2008.

Jerome Murphy received an MFA in 2011 from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he currently serves as Undergraduate Programs Manager. His critical writing has been featured in LA Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary, and American Poets. His poetry has appeared in The Awl and in the Emotive Fruition poetry performance series curated by Thomas Dooley, recorded for NPR’s Radiolab, and is also forthcoming in Narrative Magazine.


Start: June 21, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 21, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

June 17, 2017

Office Hours Poetry Workshop Spring Showcase


Writers from the first annual Office Hours Poetry Workshop give a spring reading to showcase new poetry developed over the course of six workshop sessions. The workshop welcomes all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are female-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia. Come check out our cohort and see if you’d like to join!

Featuring Michael H. BroderPaco MárquezSarah SalaLiv Lansdale, and Caitlin Grace McDonnell.

Check out the Office Hours website:


Michael Broder is the author of Drug and Disease Free (Indolent Books, 2016) and This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from New York University, and a PhD in Classics from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Broder lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and a backyard colony of stray and feral cats.


Originally from México and Northern California, Paco Márquez’s work has appeared in Apogee, Ostrich Review and Huizache, among others. His chapbook, Portraits in G Minor, will be published by Folded Word Press in October. He was featured in “I Know No Country,” a short film directed by Antonio Salume which won NYU’s Spring 2016 Sight & Sound Documentary Film Festival. Recipient of fellowships from New York University, The Center for Book Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, he holds and MFA in poetry from NYU, where he was poetry editor of Washington Square. Currently, he is poetry editor at OccuPoetry, and lives in New York City with his partner of 11 years.


SARAH SALA is a poet and educator with roots in Brooklyn, Michigan. Her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR’s hit show Radiolab in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. The Ghost Assembly Line, a chapbook of her selected poetry, was published by Finishing Line Press in Spring 2016. Her awards and honors include: an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Marjorie Rapport Award for Poetry, an Avery Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, and a Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship. She earned her MFA in Poetry from New York University, and is a 2016 Home School Fellow. She reads poetry for Epiphany Magazine and co-curates the Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series. Her poems appear in Wreck Park, Atlas Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature among others. Visit her website at SarahSala.com.


Liv Lansdale is an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University and the assistant managing editor of Guernica Magazine.


Caitlin Grace McDonnell was a New York Times Fellow in poetry at NYU and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems and essays have been published widely, and she has two published books of poems “Dreaming the Tree” (belladonna 2003) and “Looking for Small Animals” (2012). Currently, she’s an English teacher and lives in Brooklyn with her eight-year-old daughter.





Start: June 17, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 17, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

June 16, 2017

“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: Debunking 21 misconceptions about Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

Laura Erickson-Schroth in her new book (with co-writer Laura A. Jacobs), “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!” debunks the twenty-one most common myths and misperceptions about transgender issues.
From Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner to Thomas Beatie (“the pregnant man”) and transgender youth, coverage of trans lives has been exploding—yet so much misinformation persists. Bringing together the medical, social, psychological, and political aspects of being trans in the United States today, “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Authors Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, a psychiatrist, and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R, a psychotherapist, address a range of fallacies:
Trans People Are “Trapped in the Wrong Body”
You’re Not Really Trans If You Haven’t Had “the Surgery”
Trans People Are a Danger to Others, Especially Children
Trans People Are Mentally Ill and Therapy Can Change Them
Trans People and Feminists Don’t Get Along

To reserve a copy of “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: Debunking 21 misconceptions about Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.
LES LIJ photo
Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA (New York, NY), is a psychiatrist working with LGBTQ people in New York City. She is the editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource guide written by and for transgender people.


Start: June 16, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 16, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.

June 13, 2017

Project X takes over Union Square Slam


We are so excited for this show. Project X will be taking over our show with grand poets, live art, Bronx merchandise, and other beautiful conduits that will inspire and expand your heart. Here’s more about the show and who is reading, this is an Open Mic as well.
6:30pm: Writing Workshop w/ Itiola Jones
7:30pm: sign-up and socialize
8:00pm: Feature and Show
Suggested Donation:
Workshop or Show: $5
Hosted by Sabrina Cedeño and Jeremy Rios
More about Project X:
Project X is an arts organization dedicated to elevating and re-centering the Bronx through open mics, workshops, community programming, and the Bronx’s own Slam Series to produce its first all Latinx Slam Team headed to Nationals 2018.
Join the Project X Community on IG @bxproject.x
Bronx Merch sold by Bronx Native! IG @thebronxnative
More about our Features:
Keren Abigail is a dynamic singer-songwriter born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She identifies as an Afro-Dominicana and writes R&B/soul music that is fueled by self-love, the search for identity, and the need to communicate with others. While getting a BA in French at Yale University, Keren participated in various theatrical productions and musical ensembles, most notably the Shades of Yale, an a cappella group that sings music of the African diaspora and the African-American tradition, and Whim ‘n Rhythm, Yale’s all-female, world-traveling a cappella group. Since moving back to New York, she’s performed at many storied venues such as Harlem’s Silvana, the Sidewalk Café, and the Bowery Electric. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @kerenabreumusic.
Bronx born and raised, Mayte Lisbeth is an AfroDominicana poet. Writing since the moment she could hold a pen, she developed her voice while performing with Babel, Temple University’s poetry collective which afforded her the opportunity to collaborate as well as share the stage with some revered poets. Currently she’s working on her first book while simultaneously gauging the digital landscape. You can find her on twitter @mespi5 trying to get her life together in 140 characters or less or through email at espinal.mayte@gmail.com.
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a tenured New York City educator, a CantoMundo, Home School, and Academy for Teachers Fellow as well as a two time International Latino Book Award winner and author of Conversations With My Skin and Homenaje A Las Guerreras/ Homage to the Warrior Women. She is a planning committee member for The Bronx Book Fair and began her MFA in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute fall of 2016. She is a 2014 BRIO performance poet award winner and in 2016 she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of the Bronx, a BCA Arts Fund and Spaceworks Bronx Community Artist grant recipient. Her poetry will be included in the forthcoming collection of Afro-Latino Poets published by Arte Publico Press. Peggy has been published in 92Y.org #wordswelivein, NACLA, Letras by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, The Bronx Memoir Project, The BX Files Anthology, Luna Luna Magazine, Hyperallergic.com, Upliftt.com, Dealmas.net and Sofrito For Your Soul. She has been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Poets and Writers Fifth Annual Connecting Cultures Reading, and The BADD!ASS Women Festival as well as other culturally notable venues. Determined to build a legacy within the arts, she is continuously creating and supporting literary events and workshops through Robleswrites Productions. For more information please visit Robleswrites.com. Or find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Robleswrites.



Start: June 13, 2017 6:30 PM
End: June 13, 2017 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
Phone: 212 620 7310 ext. 300
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested $5-10 donation

June 11, 2017

Comix Uprisinig: Tyler Cohen, Marguerite Dabaie, Jennifer Camper, and Beldan Sezen

Comics reading with slide show. Cartoonists Tyler Cohen, Marguerite Dabaie, Jennifer Camper, and Beldan Sezen read from new work that covers politics, sex, humor, strange ideas, and the riddle of human existence. Q&A and book signing to follow.
Jennifer Camper is a cartoonist and graphic artist. Her books include “Rude Girls and Dangerous Women” and “subGURLZ”, and she edited two “Juicy Mother” comics anthologies. Her work appears in numerous publications, comic books, and anthologies, and has been exhibited internationally. She is the founding director of the biennial Queers & Comics Conference.
Tyler Cohen is a cartoonist who uses autobiography and surrealism to explore gender, parenthood, race, and female experience in her book Primahood: Magenta (Stacked Deck Press). Her work has appeared online at PEN America/PEN Illustrated and MuthaMagazine.com and in print in the Ignatz Award-winning anthology, Qu33r, Alphabet, and The Feminist Utopia Project. Primahood: Magenta is a Finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards.
Marguerite Dabaie’s first major comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories–an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans–was awarded two grants. The cultural differences she has felt between Arab and American cultures heavily informs her work. She strives to combine comics with academia, something that dovetailed into her work on A Voyage to Panjikant, a historical-fictional graphic novel about the 7th-century Silk Road (Rosarium Publishing 2018).

Beldan Sezen is a visual storyteller using various conventions of comics and film. In 2008 her animated cartoon From the Diaries of Two Breasts premiered at the Pink Film Days in Amsterdam. Her short comic A Girl Named Halt was published as a matchbox-book in 2009 and has become a collector’s item. In 2011 she won the Three-in-One Chapbook Contest Prize for her graphic short stories “Fear City,” “Girls,” and “Demons.” Her first graphic-murder mystery, Zakkum, was first installed in a museum space, Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden, as a giant walk-though of the book and was published in 2011 by Treehouse Press, London, and listed for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her first work as a comic reporter, #Gezi Park, was listed for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her second graphic novel, Snapshots of a Girl, was published in 2014 and named to the American Library Asssocation’s Over the Rainbow List for the best LGBT books for adult readers in 2015. She was awarded a 2015 Global Arts Fund Award by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Her recent books are represented by Booklyn, and institutional collectors include The New York Public Library, Grinnell College, University of Delaware, Stanford University, and the Library of Congress.

Start: June 11, 2017 3:00 PM
End: June 11, 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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.