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Fighting for Trans Lives: Mizz June’s War Call

WAR CALL COVER ART

  There’s no getting around it, the current political climate is a battleground. Add rising murders of Transgender women (specifically, Transwomen of color) to the already increasing issues being faced by the TLGBQ community, and it’s no wonder a song like War Call was created.   War Call, the debut single and music video from [...]

Tue. Nov 20, 2018 7:30 PM

Events

November 7, 2017

Death Café at the Bureau

 

This death café is a non-expert environment in which to discuss issues relating to death that feel relevant to those participating. Tea and Home Made cake will be available for free.
 
For more information about the concept of the Death Café http://deathcafe.com/what/

 

Photograph by Christa Holka

Photograph by Christa Holka

Oreet Ashery is a visual artist and an educator working with political/bio-fiction, gender materiality and potential communities, in local and international contexts. Ashery’s recent work is an artist web-series Revisiting Genesis, shortlisted for the Jarman Film Award 2017, on digital death, memory as identity and feminist art reincarnations, http://revisitinggenesis.net/

 
 

Johanna Linsley

Johanna Linsley is an artist, writer and researcher working on sonic fiction, queer domesticities and the politics of encounter and assembly. She is a founding partner of UnionDocs, a centre for documentary arts in Brooklyn, and works with the London-based performance collective I’m With You.www.jhlinsley.com

 

 

 
 

Start: November 7, 2017 4:00 PM
End: November 7, 2017 5:15 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: Free

November 4, 2017

Poetry chapbook launch, Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press), by Paco Márquez

 

Poet Paco Márquez will be launching his first chapbook, Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press). Paco is originally from México and Northern California, and his writings are fed by his immigrant experiences, his years working several jobs, and his background in philosophy and creative writing. He will be accompanied by Eva Maria Saavedra and Sean Denmark.

 

Copies of Portraits in G Minor 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!

 
 

Eva Maria

 

* Eva Maria Saavedra was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in writing and translation from Columbia’s School of the Arts. Her chapbook, Thirst, was selected by Marilyn Hacker for the Poetry Society of America’s 2014 New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in CallalooCatch-UpThe Acentos ReviewGenerationsPrick of the Spindle, and Apogee Journal.

 

Sean Denmark

Sean Denmark is from Alabama. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and a public school teacher in the Bronx and Manhattan. Now he writes fiction and sometimes poetry, tutors, and teaches around and about. He just moved to Brighton Beach.

 

Paco

* Paco Márquez: Originally from México and Northern California, Paco Márquez’s work has appeared in ApogeeOstrich Review and Huizache, among others. His chapbook, Portraits in G Minor, will be published by Folded Word Press in November. Recipient of fellowships from New York University, The Center for Book Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, he holds an 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 12 years.

 

 

 

Start: November 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 4, 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.

November 1, 2017

NYC Launch: Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

 
Come celebrate Andrea Lawlor‘s debut novel Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl in NYC on the official publication date! Short readings, discussion, and Q&A. Andrea will be introduced by M./Megan Milks.
 
Copies of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl 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!
 
 
Andrea Lawlor

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is their debut novel. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016). M./Megan Milks is a fiction writer, cultural critic, and scholar. Their first collection of short fiction, Kill Marguerite and Other Stories (Emergency Press, 2014) won the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Award in Fiction and was named a Lambda Literary finalist in the Debut Fiction category; and their third chapbook The Feels was released by Black Warrior Press in 2016.

 
 
 
 

Start: November 1, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 1, 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 27, 2017

Writers Explore the Lesbian Body: A Sinister Wisdom Reading

 

A sterling, fabulous, joyous line-up of writers and artists will read in celebration of The Lesbian Body, Issue #106 of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal which works to seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Issue #106 was guest edited by the ever-kind and admirably fierce Tara Shea Burke. Indefatigable Julie Enszer is editor of Sinister Wisdom. Among the readers, some local, some flying in for the event are Vi Khi Nao, Sarah Fonseca, Jenny Factor, Amber Carpenter, Ayasha Guerin, Tara Shea Burke, Julie Enszer, Joan Larkin, Sarah Sarai, Red Washburn, and others TBD.

 

Copies of Sinister Wisdom Issue #106 will be available for sale. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.
 
 

Tara Shea Burke is the editor of Issue 106 of Sinister Wisdom – “The Lesbian Body.” She is author of Let the Body Beg (ELJ), a collection of poems which Tim Seibles described as “part of the cure.” At Old Dominion University in Virginia she created reflective poetry and essays to promote study abroad courses and utilized field research in Africa to apply global pedagogies and greater global awareness in university writing programs.

 

Amber Carpenter is an MFA candidate within the Creative Nonfiction program at Columbia College Chicago. She completed her MA in English from East Carolina University in 2012 with a concentration in both poetry and nonfiction. Her work, which includes writing and photography, has been published in Sinister Wisdom, Mount Hope Magazine, and Glassworks Magazine.

 

Alexis Clements is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A regular contributor to Hyperallergic, her writing has also appeared in Salon, Bitch Magazine, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, the Guardian, Nature, and Two Serious Ladies, among others. She is currently working on a documentary film about physical spaces where queer women gather. Follow her @alexisclements

 

Scholar and poet Julie Enszer is the editor of Sinister Wisdom and author of four poetry collections, Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press), and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press); She is also editor of The Complete Works of Pat Parker and Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry. We are grateful to her for her many contributions to lesbian literature.

 

Jenny Factor is an archaeologist of object and mind; she is also a feminist, a mother, and a dog-lover. Her poem collection, Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press), was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been supported by an Astraea Grant in poetry.

 

Sarah Fonseca is a publicly-educated writer who lives in New York City. Her essays, criticism, filthy ideas, and their overlapping iterations have appeared (or will soon appear) in Autostraddle, Best Lesbian Erotica 2018, The Lambda Literary Review, Math Magazine, Nylon, and Slate. She’s currently working on a series of essays on women and strength pursuits.

 

Ayasha Guerin is an artist and scholar based in Brooklyn. Her art and writing concern themes of the urban/natural, public and private space, ecology, community and security. She shoots her analog photography on a Canon A-1 that has passed through three generations of family. It is the same camera that captured her baby photos. She is currently a PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies department.

 

Vi Khi Nao is the author of the forthcoming story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. Her novel Fish in Exile was published by Coffee House Press, and her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.

 

Joan Larkin’s poems, plays, and other writings have won awards from Lambda Literary–including the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the American Academy of Poets and many other. She has published many poetry collections and anthologies, plays, and nonfiction. Her most recent collection is Blue Hanuman (Hanging Loose Press).

 

Sarah Sarai’s poems and stories are in Barrow Street, Callisto, Fairy Tale Review, Posit, decomP, Lavender, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Collagist, Cleaver, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, Bone Bouquet, and other publications. Her most recent chapbook is Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books). Her collection is The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX). She is a freelance editor and adjunct prof. Follow her everywhere @SarahSarai

 

Red Washburn, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College. Her articles appear in Journal for the Study of RadicalismWomen’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. Her poetry collection is Crestview Tree Woman (Finishing Line). She co-edited Sinister Wisdom issue 103, “Celebrating the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.”

 

 

 

 

Start: October 27, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 27, 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 26, 2017

Intersex & Chill: NYC Annual Intersex Awareness Day

 

Intersex kids are routinely told from a young age that our being intersex is something private, something that should be kept secret, something that you cannot disclose to others at all costs. As a result, intersex adults and teens who are out and proud often have much difficulty finding other intersex people to connect with, become friends with, and even just be in the same room with. “Intersex and Chill,” this year’s NYC Annual Intersex Awareness Day event, allows intersex people to come together to share space, talk, laugh, share, chill, and just enjoy being in the company of a bunch of rad intersex people. While large hangs with many intersex people are uncommon outside of intersex organizations, we hope that this event will inspire others to find and create their own communities of fabulous intersex folks and enjoy the profound joy of existing together. (This event is hosted in affiliation with the Point Foundation for LGBTQ scholars.)

 

Claudia Astorino is an intersex person and activist who co-founded the NYC Annual Intersex Awareness Day events. She has raised awareness about intersex issues via writing (The Guardian, Everyone Is Gay, Autostraddle), presentations and workshops (NYU, UC Davis, Bluestockings Books) and interviews (First Person PBS, HuffPost Live, Circa News), and formerly served as the Associate Director of Organization Intersex International’s US chapter (OII-USA). Claudia lives in New York with her girlfriend, and she really, really wants a cat.

 

 

 

Start: October 26, 2017 8:00 PM
End: October 26, 2017 9:30 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.