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Genevieve Hudson & Alden Jones: A Virtual Reading with the Bureau

Jones Hudson event

  Join the Bureau online for a reading with Genevieve Hudson (Boys of Alabama) and Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir) on Saturday, June 13th, 6 to 7 PM EST.   Genevieve Hudson will read from her new novel, Boys of Alabama. Melissa Febos says of Boys of [...]

Sat. Jun 13, 2020 6:00 PM

Events

March 15, 2020

Online Office Hours Craft Class with Crystal Valentine

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bureau has closed and will remain closed until further notice. This craft class will take place online.

Join the online craft class on Sunday March 15th, 2020 with Crystal Valentine from 11:00 AM-1:00PM.

Spaces for the craft class are limited to 17 persons so please RSVP in advance to [email protected] and include your full name, relationship to writing, and a brief bio.

 

Craft Class desription:

Poetic Obsession: Nuancing the Subjective Epicenter

We all have that one thing—a person, a memory, a fear, an idea—that keeps us up at night, that our minds circle back to time and time again. In writing, this is commonly known as an obsession, and if fueled by passion and nuance, one’s obsession can be an everlasting well of inspiration. But what does one do when the spark and passion of their obsession dwindles into a cliché? Some might opt to change the subject but that is difficult to do if that subject is the epicenter of our craft—or even our lives. In this workshop through the use of form and repetition, participants will name and nurture their obsessions. In doing so, they will create an individualized strategy, build a literary toolbox that will come to their aid should the approach to their obsessions ever run stale, so that instead of running away, they can attack their obsessions head on.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Crystal Valentine is a writer, activist, and educator. A recent graduate of NYU, Crystal is the three-time Grand Slam Champion of NYU’s Poetry Slam Team as well as the two-time winner of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. She was the 2015 NYC Youth Poet Laureate and is the 9th ranked woman poet in the world by way of The Woman Of the World Poetry Slam. Crystal’s work has been featured on Programming for MSNBC, BLAVITY, and CNN. She has recently been named GLAMOUR MAGAZINE’S 2016 College Woman of the Year, and is the author of her first book, NOT EVERYTHING IS A EULOGY.

 

 

 

 

Start: March 15, 2020 11:00 AM
End: March 15, 2020 1:00 PM
Venue: online
Address:
NY, United States

March 14, 2020

Postponed: 3 (Trans) Lives

This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. We will reschedule the event, so please check back for updates.

 

How can the writing of trans lives move beyond the confessional memoir? Three different writers with three different trans lives and three different styles read selections from current or forthcoming works that push the boundaries of what trans writing can become. Featuring Jamie Hood, Jeanne Thornton, and McKenzie Wark.

 

Copies of McKenzie Wark‘s recently published Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotext(e)) will be available for purchase. To reserve a copy please write to us at [email protected]. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

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• Jamie Hood (@veryhotmomm) is a poet, bartender, chronic over-sharer, and dog mom in Brooklyn. Her most recent work has been published by Peach Mag, Rumpus and New Inquiry. She’s finishing a book of poems, lyric memoir, and other miscellany on sexual assault and rape culture, called RAPE GIRL.

 

 

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• Jeanne Thornton (@manwhohatesfun) is the author of The Black Emerald (Instar 2017), The Dream of Doctor Bantam (O/R Books 2012) and co-editor of We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology (Stacked Deck, 2018), all Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is the co-publisher of Instar Books. Her next novel, Summer Fun, is forthcoming from Soho Press.

 

 

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• McKenzie Wark (@mckenziewark) is the author of some books, including Capital is Dead (Verso 2019) and most recently, Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte 2020). She teaches at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Social Research.

 

 

 

Start: March 14, 2020 7:00 PM
End: March 14, 2020 9:00 PM
Venue: online
Address:
NY, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Postponed: Legible: A Queer Per-Zine Workshop

Due to The Center’s cancellation of all groups, meetings, and events from March 16 through March 31 (full statement here), we will reschedule this workshop. Please check back for updates.

 

In this 4-session workshop we will read and analyze zines by queer and trans and queer writers to learn ways in which these authors explore their bodies, gender, and self-image through the creation of personal zines. These zines will help give us inspiration and directions for thinking about our own writing in the zine format. This workshop is an opportunity to build community with trans and queer writers and poets while also building a better understanding of one’s self through the creation of your own per-zine.

Over our four sessions we will create our own per-zines and share these zines with a reading at the end of our last session. The workshop will meet at the Bureau on:

Saturday, March 14, 11 AM to 1 PM

Saturday, March 21, 11 AM to 1 PM

Saturday, March 28, 11 AM to 1 PM

Saturday, April 4, 11 AM to 1 PM

This workshop is entirely free. You’re welcome to bring your own materials but materials will be provided as well as copies of zines for that will be used in our discussions.

To sign-up email the organizer Robin Gow at [email protected]
(This workshop is on a first-come first-serve basis)

About the organizer:
Robin Gow grew up in rural Pennsylvania and now lives in New York where they are an adjunct professor and MFA candidate at Adelphi University. They also run the trans & queer reading series Gender Reveal Party.

Robin Gow is the author of the chapbook HONEYSUCKLE by Finishing Line Press and their first full-length poetry collection (OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL DEGENERACY) is forthcoming with Tolsun Books.

Currently, they are a managing editor The Nasiona and Editor at Large of Village of Crickets. They served for four years as the production editor of the Lantern literary magazine and are Social Media Coordinator for Oyster River Pages. They has also worked to help produce several zines.

They are an out and proud bisexual genderqueer man passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues. They are also a proud neurodiverse person.

 

 

Start: March 14, 2020 11:00 AM
End: March 14, 2020 1:00 PM
Venue: online
Address:
NY, United States

March 13, 2020

Postponed: Opening Reception for Paul Moreno / Problem Areas

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Center will be closed indefinitely beginning Friday, March 13th, at 6 pm. The Bureau will reschedule an opening reception as soon as we can. But for now the Bureau will be closed starting Friday, March 13th, and will remain closed until further notice.

We will post updates as we receive them.

 

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is proud to present Paul Moreno / Problem Areas. This will be Paul’s first solo exhibition and will include a selection of paintings and drawings from 2016 through 2020.

Paul is a self-taught artist who grew up in Sparks, Nevada. Paul studied Literature and Critical Thought at University of San Francisco and NYU.

About the title, Problem Areas, Paul states “I took the title from the old adage that art-making is largely a process of problem solving. However, the title is also meaningful in that when I choose subjects for my work, I try to look at something that I have complex or unresolved feelings about. By spending time with the subject, against the background of parsing it into formal elements that serve
the picture, I find spiritual resolution can also present itself. In this way, the problem, as it were, is not a negative, but an opportunity to expose the beauty in the subject to myself and hopefully the viewer.”

 

Paul Moreno / Problem Areas will be on view from March 13 – May 3, 2020.

Opening reception will be Friday, March 13, 2020, from 6-8 PM

Please join us for a conversation with Paul Moreno and contemporary art advisor, curator and critic, Bill Arning on Saturday, May 2, 2020, 2 PM

Download a pdf of the press release for Paul Moreno / Problem Areas.

Image: Paul Moreno. Ignatius (for a friend). 2020. 18″ x 23”. Mixed media on wood.

 

 

 

Start: March 13, 2020 6:00 PM
End: March 13, 2020 8:00 PM
Venue: online
Address:
NY, United States

March 13, 2020 – March 31, 2020

Bureau closed indefinitely beginning on Friday, March 13th

 

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, The LGBT Community Center will close at 6 pm on Friday, March 13th, and remain closed indefinitely (full statement here). As a result, the Bureau will be closed beginning on Friday, March 13th, and all events scheduled for the remainder of March will either be rescheduled or canceled.

We will post updates as we receive them from The Center.

 

 

 

 

Start: March 13, 2020
End: March 31, 2020