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  Nationally syndicated talk host Rob Redding talks about his autobiography “Out Loud” which recounts how losing his first boyfriend to gun violence forced him out of the closet. “Out loud” is a story of race and sexuality that has been called “shocking” by CBS Radio. “Out loud” is available exclusively at his website ReddingNewsReview.com. Following [...]

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Events

January 26, 2017

Love Positive Women Valentine Pop-up Exhibition

 

Opening Reception with reflections:

Thursday, January 26, 6:30­–8:30 PM

Exhibition Hours:

Thursday, January 26­ – Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1 PM–7 PM
 
For LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN 2017, artists, activists and HIV+ women will come together at Dieu Donné’s paper making studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to create hundreds of unique handmade paper valentines which will be mailed to women living with HIV around the world. Visual AIDS, the Fire Island Artist Residency, Dieu Donné and the International Community of Women Living With HIV (ICW) are hosting three papermaking valentine workshops on January 18 to show their love and support for women living with HIV internationally. The LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN Valentine Pop-up Exhibition at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division will display a selection of the valentines, and directly after the reception, these artworks will be mailed to women internationally and will arrive for Valentine’s Day.

Women living with HIV as well as invited artists—including Chitra Ganesh, Carrie Moyer, Marlene McCarty, Travis Boyer, Jesse Harrod, Jarrod Beck, Pamela Sneed, Natalie Frank, and many others—will make paper valentines for women living with HIV around the world. The valentines will be mailed with personalized messages as a gesture of love and support in the hopes of lessening the stigma experienced by women living with HIV.

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN is an ongoing project established by Visual AIDS artist member Jessica Whitbread in 2013. “Why not do something nice for the women most forgotten about?” says Whitbread. “Taking the time to do something for someone else is really beneficial to society as a whole. Don’t underestimate the value in something as simple as sending a valentine to a stranger.”

LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN (LPW) is an international series of grassroots events that uses Valentines Day as a backdrop, creating a platform for individuals and communities to engage in public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Working from a place of strength, LPW focuses on the idea of interconnectedness, relationship building, loving oneself and loving ones’ community.

Women living with HIV can sign up to receive a valentine by sending their name and mailing address to: lovepositivewomen@gmail.com

 

 
 
 

Start: January 26, 2017 6:30 PM
End: January 26, 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

January 24, 2017

USS presents: Muggs Fogarty and New! Shit! Slam!

 

Oh Hey There, USSers!! We know you’ve been all holed up behind all this snow doing nothing else but writing all about your feelings and impending doom — time to see what kinda chops those freewrites have! Come join us for a New! Shit! Slam! AND LEST WE NOT FORGET, MUGGS MOTHERFUCKIN FOGARTY will be in house coming for your heart’s throat, so just BE PREPARED.

* * * * * * PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW START TIME * * * * * *

6:30pm: Writing Workshop (FREE!!)
7:30pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
7:55pm: Slam Draw
8:00pm: Slam, Round One; Feature; Slam, Round 2

Bureau of General Services — Queer Division
208 W 13th St, #210
NY, NY 10010
(btw 7th and 8th Aves W)

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible

About our Feature:

Muggs Fogarty is a genderqueer poet and teaching artist from Providence, Rhode Island. Muggs’ work addresses identity and lived experience, with a focus on intersectionality. A former Brave New Voices finalist, Muggs’ unique poetry and stunning performance has left audiences breathless from Providence to San Jose. After graduating from The New School in 2013 with a degree in creative writing, Muggs has been serving the youth of Rhode Island as a writing instructor at the award-winning youth advocacy group, New Urban Arts, and also as head coach of the Providence National Youth Slam Team. Muggs has become one of the most respected voices for queer rights and identity issues within the performance poetry community, and their work has received tens of thousands of views via Button Poetry, the largest spoken word platform in the world. Muggs is working currently as the co-director of the Providence Poetry Slam, and as a teaching artist with CityArts. Their published work can be found in FreezeRay, Wicked Banshee, Bluestockings Magazine, among others.
About our Slam:

New Shit Slam is a triple-dog-dare to push ourselves as artists and to use the mic as an aural and community-based editing tool. Fashioned after Tatyana Browne’s Lit Slam, judges will act as editors: they will not only score the poem on a scale of 0.0-10.0, but also make quick first impression notes based on originality, content, and performance, that will be handed back to the poet as feedback. (Don’t worry, judges! It’s anonymous! But do keep it to a loving objective criticism) Audience members are also encouraged to approach the poets afterwards with their own feedback and responses after the show.

New Shit is defined by having never touched a USS mic — the one exception is if the work has been heavily edited (over 50% new)

8 poets, 2 rounds, 4 minute time limit, no elimination

All poets read in both rounds. Order is determined/drawn before the show

(Participation in at least one Theme Slam (New Shit, WOWPS or Capturing Fire Qualifier, etc) is required for you to compete in Finals. You do not have to win a Theme Slam in order to compete in Finals)

 

 

 

Start: January 24, 2017 6:30 PM
End: January 24, 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

January 22, 2017

Book Release Reading for SLABS by Brittany Billmeyer-Finn

 

We’re having a reading / a showing / a sharing to present Timeless, Infinite Light’s newest release with you: SLABS by Brittany Billmeyer-Finn.

Slabs is a collection of poetry dealing in and out of the body through various sites including; home, memory, books, and ritual. It is a meditation on self care, sexuality, and identity through a dis/embodied subject in the water, the home, and in the streets. It is a collection of tender sincerities and queer awakening.

PERFORMERS:
// Brittany Billmeyer-Finn //
// Ariel Goldberg //
// Trace Peterson //
// Phyllis Ma //

 

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

Sunday Jan 22

Doors 5:30
Event 6-PM
10$ suggested donation // NOTAFLOF

TIMELESS INFINITE LIGHT is an oakland-based small press that publishes poetry and environs, with a heavy, west-coast lean towards the experimental/political/mystical. Sometimes our books look like books, and sometimes they don’t. Join us step into the lifestream fuck the police.

 

 

Start: January 22, 2017 6:00 PM
End: January 22, 2017 8:00 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 17, 2017

Union Square Slam ‎presents Ephraim Nehemiah and Open Slam Qualifier #4

 

POETS! WRITERS! ARTISTS! LOVERS!

Welcome back! Union Square Slam is ready to roll out an incredible second half of the season, starting with our ever-present Free Writing Workshop, a dynamite feature the Heart of the Heartland, Ohio’s own EPHRAIM NEHEMIAH, and our fourth of six NPS Team Qualifier Slams!

* * * * * * PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW START TIME * * * * * *

6:30pm: Writing Workshop w/ Itiola Jones (Free!)
7:30pm: Sign-Ups and Socialize
7:55pm: Draw for Slam
8:00pm: Slam, Round One; Feature; Slam Rounds 2 and 3

Bureau of General Services — Queer Division
208 W 13th St, #210
NY, NY 10010
(btw W 7th and 8th Aves)

$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
About our Feature:

Ephraim Nehemiah is a performance poet, actor and father. He is the co-founder of Kent, Ohio’s first poetry slam founded in 2015. Ephraim has participated in the Individual World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and many other poetry competitions representing himself and teams in Ohio. His work has been published both online and in several anthologies. He has been featured on BlackPoetsSpeakOut, Write About Now and Slamfind. He is currently a student of Kent State University completing his bachelor’s degree in Pan-African Studies.

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: January 17, 2017 6:30 PM
End: January 17, 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

January 13, 2017

Interior Decorating with Christopher Clary & Stephen Grebinski

 

Join artists Christopher Clary & Stephen Grebinski as they discuss their fascination with interiors and the interiority of pornography—which they archive, revere, and destroy in their work.
 
 
Christopher Clary collects, performs, creates and destroys photographs — specifically his pornography. His commission for Rhizome at the New Museum was named by Hyperallergic as one of the top 10 works of Internet art in 2015. He was also honored as a Discovery Award nominee at the 2011 Les Rencontres d’Arles in France and featured at the 2009 New York Photo Festival. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Artnet, Village Voice, Photo District News, Butt Magazine, HX, Out, and a forthcoming article about appropriation in Elephant magazine. “The court cases that pepper the career of Richard Prince might be round the corner for Clary, too, as he makes the transition from emerging- to established-artist.”
 
 
Stephen Grebinski is an artist working primarily with self-published books and zines, which are the result of an omnivorous photographic and archival practice. His printed work has been shown at NADA Fair, Printed Matter, The New York Art Book Fair, Art Metropole, and other institutions worldwide. His work tangles together queer bodies, architecture, and the persistent baroque impulses of desire. Existing somewhere between documentary and performance, these efforts are driven by an impulse to reveal and test the fractured, hidden world beneath our intentions and experiences. These images intersect and collide through brooks, multi layered screen prints, photographic installations, and video.
 
 
 
 

Start: January 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: January 13, 2017 9:00 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.