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Events

April 13, 2017

Author Readings and Discussion with Stefani Deoul & Ann Aptaker

 

Join us as Stefani Deoul reads from and discusses her crazyfunkycool new YA novel, On a LARP, which features the fresh and feisty bit-bending teen heroine, Sid Rubin. As an added attraction, Lammy-winning historical criminal fiction writer, Ann Aptaker will take the stage to talk about and share a reading from Genuine Gold, Book Three of the popular Cantor Gold Crime Series.

Please support the authors and the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and purchase copies of On a LARP, Criminal Gold, Tarnished Gold, and Genuine Gold at the Bureau!

We look forward to seeing you there!
 
STEFANI DEOUL is the author of the award-winning novel The Carousel and the newly released YA novel On a LARP. She has written for numerous publications, including Curve Magazine, Outdoor Delaware and Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, penned short stories, and written both film and television treatments. As a television producer her resume includes TV series such as Haven for the SyFy Network, The Dead Zone, Brave New Girl, Dresden Files and Missing.
 
Lambda Literary Award winner and native New Yorker ANN APTAKER has earned a reputation as a respected, if cheeky, exhibition designer and curator of art during her career in museums and galleries. Taking the approach that what art authorities find uncomfortable the public would likely enjoy, exhibitions Ann has curated have garnered favorable reviews in the New York Times, Art in America, American Art Review, and other publications.

 

 

 

Start: April 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 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.

April 11, 2017

Great Weather for Union Square Slam

 

Great weather for media has a brand new anthology called “The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker.” We are excited to bring you some of the poets from this anthology to our stage.
 
Here are the poets:
 
Taylor Steele
Liv Mammone
Craig Kite
Brendan James Gillett
 
Founded in January 2012 by former Uphook Press editors Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro, and Brant Lyon, great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative…
 
They are based in New York City and showcase both national and international writers. As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and prose, they organize numerous readings, performances, and book releases in New York City and across the country. Find them every Sunday on the Lower East Side at the Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St, for their reading series, great weather presents Spoken Word Sundays. Featured readers and a poetry open mic, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. They’d love to see you! This is a terrific New York City poetry open mic.

 

6:30pm Writing Workshop w/ IS Jones
7:30pm Sign-ups and Socialize
8:00pm Open Mic

All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
Suggested Donation: $5-$10

 
 
 
 

Start: April 11, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 11, 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: Suggested Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)

April 8, 2017

2017 NYC Queer Comic Fair

 

WabiSabiZinez and Carmine Street Comics are proud to present the first (hopefully) annual New York City fair geared entirely towards queer sequential art (comics, graphic novels, illustrated stories, photo-comics, or any other interesting take on the medium of still-visual narrative storytelling).

 

The fair is free and open to the public, thanks to our hosts, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, located on the second floor of The LGBT Center NYC, 208 W 13th St., room 210.

 

Vendors include:

 

WabiSabiZines: WabiSabiZineZ.Storenvy.Com / @Wabi_Sabi_Zinez
Carmine Street Comics: carminestreetcomics.com / @CarmineStComics
Bearpad: bearpadshop.storenvy.com / @bearpadshop
Greg Fox / Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast: Kylecomics.com
Mikey Hope / Preternatch: preternatch.deviantart.com/gallery/
Comics by Patrick J Reilly: comicsbypatrick.com/
Lucky Sanford: luckysanford.com
Sci-Fi Explosion: twitter.com/scifiexplosion
Susse Sønderby: unteleported-tomatoes.net / @sussesonderby
Ship Jumper: ShipJumperComic.com
SquareBears: Instagram.com/squarebears
Stevie Wilson: swinku.tumblr.com
Woolybearz: woolybearz.tumblr.com / @woolybear

 
 
 
 
 

Start: April 8, 2017 1:00 PM
End: April 8, 2017 7:00 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

April 6, 2017

A Discussion of Umberto Saba’s ‘Ernesto’ with Peter Cameron, Benjamin Taylor, Jaime Manrique, and Stefano Albertini

 
Please join NYRB Classics in celebrating the publication of Umberto Saba’s Ernesto, a classic of gay Italian literature available in a new translation by Estelle Gilson. Peter Cameron, Benjamin Taylor, Jaime Manrique, and Stefano Albertini will discuss Saba’s life and work.

 
 
Peter Cameron is the author of six novels, including ‘Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You,’ and two collections of short stories. He lives in New York City and Vermont, where he runs Shrinking Violet Press, which publishes limited editions of finely-crafted books. He has written afterwords to many books, including New York Review of Books’ ‘The Outward Room’ by Millen Brand and ‘Totempole’ by Sanford Friedman.
 
 
Benjamin Taylor‘s family memoir, ‘The Hue and Cry at Our House,’ will be published in May of 2017 by Penguin Books. He is also the author of ‘Proust: The Search,’ named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times Book Review; ‘Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay,’ named a Best Book of 2012 by Judith Thurman in The New Yorker; and of two novels, ‘Tales Out of School,’ winner of the Harold Ribalow Prize, and ‘The Book of Getting Even,’ winner of a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize. He edited ‘Saul Bellow: Letters,’ named a Best Book of 2010 by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times and Jonathan Yardley at The Washington Post, and Bellow’s ‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction.’ A faculty member in the New School’s Graduate School of Writing, Taylor also teaches in the Graduate Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. A past fellow and current trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he is also president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. ‘Debriefing,’ his edition of the short fiction of Susan Sontag, is due from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November of 2017.
 
 
Jaime Manrique was born in Colombia. He is a bilingual novelist, essayist, translator, and poet. His novels include ‘Latin Moon in Manhattan,’ ‘Our Lives Are the Rivers,’ and ‘Cervantes Street.’ He has been the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a winner of Colombia’s National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award. Mr. Manrique’s work has been translated to twelve languages. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. He has just completed a new novel, ‘Like This Afternoon Forever.’

 

 

 
 

Start: April 6, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 6, 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.

April 4, 2017

Union Square Slam presents Timothy DuWhite and our Capturing Fire Qualifier

 

Come on out for our Very Here, Very Queer CAPTURING FIRE QUALIFIER, featuring Capturing Fire’s 2015 Champion and all-around No BullPoop No Fux Giving Poet/Prophet/Pidgeon Whisperer Timothy DuWhite!!
 
6:30pm Free Writing Workshop with I.S. Jones
7:30pm Sign-Ups and Socialize
8:00pm Slam and Feature
$5 // All Ages // Wheelchair Accessible
 
COMPETING POETS: must be self-identified queer to compete! must have three 3 minute poems! must consider registering for Capturing Fire and competing anyway, regardless of who wins this qualifier!
About our Feature:
 
Timothy DuWhite is the current Program Manager at New York Writers Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to providing writing workshops to under-served communities. Prior to his time at NYWC, Timothy worked as the Program Coordinator at Urban Word NYC, a champion in youth literacy, and as the Online Communications Specialist at Believe Out Loud, an online network invested in bridging the gap between the faith and LGBTQ communities. He received his BA in English/Creative Writing from Montclair State University, where he developed his love for spoken word poetry and performance. Timothy’s work has been featured at venues/sites such as the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s cafe, The Rumpus, Bowery Poetry Club, La Mama Theater and many more. In 2015, Timothy developed a writing workshop entitled “HIV & the State: Coalition Building beyond the Condom,” in which he communally debunks popular narratives surrounding HIV as it relates to black people. Timothy’s political work and analysis has granted him appearances/keynote speeches at institutions such as San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, Columbia College Chicago, and many more. When he isn’t off trying to save the world, Tim can be found working on his next play, and listening to 90’s R&B.
About Capturing Fire:
 
Capturing Fire is a DC-based international spoken word and poetry festival where queer-identified writers gather for 3 days of individual poetry slam competition, alongside panels, workshops and performances during the day. The Poetry Slam focus of Capturing Fire will be June 9 and 10 with a series of Queer Arts Events starting Sunday June 4 at The Sparkle Open Mic at Busboys & Poets. We will be holding Capturing Fire during Capital Pride Weekend which culminates with the LGBT March on Sunday June 11, 2017 at 10am. For more information, please refer to https://capfireslam.org/

 

 

 
 

Start: April 4, 2017 6:30 PM
End: April 4, 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: Suggested Donation $3-$10 (all proceeds go to supporting the Bureau and sending USS reps to national events)