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Scissoring Publication Extravaganza!

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  This month SCISSORING is officially released by Dramatists Play Service and we want to celebrate its publication with a gathering and small series of readings from the play. Join us for a spirited celebration of queer lady lit & love–plus donuts!   Copies of Scissoring will soon be available for purchase at the Bureau. [...]

Sat. Feb 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

December 6, 2018

New Poems from the Bathhouse

 

subway hookups, bathhouse encounters, and missed connections:

we present new work
(seedy and/or psychedelic)

from Youtube prophet
MessiahSez

and poets
Kyle Dacuyan 
and A.W. Strouse

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event image: Charles Demuth, Turkish Bath with Self Portrait, 1918 (Public Domain)

Kyle Dacuyan is a poet in Brooklyn, NY.

A.W. Strouse is a poet who teaches medieval literature.

Messiah Sez is a YouTube sensation.

 

 

 

 

Start: December 6, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 6, 2018 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 5, 2018

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Café au Lait

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
 
On Wednesday, December 5th, please join us for Café au Lait (1993), written and directed by Matthieu Kassovitz, starring Julie Mauduech, Hubert Koundé, and Mathieu Kassovitz.
 
We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
 
Synopsis: A young woman introduces her two boyfriends (a wealthy African Muslim law student and a poor Jewish bike messenger) to each other on the same day she reveals that she is pregnant. Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes. In French with English subtitles.
 
 
 
 

Start: December 5, 2018 6:30 PM
End: December 5, 2018 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 1, 2018

LSTW magazine issue 3 NYC launch

 
Join us on Saturday, December 1st from 7PM – 9:30PM at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division in celebrating the launch of LSTW Issue 3!
 
Published annually, LSTW is an intimate exploration of lesbian communities across Canada. The bilingual print magazine, based in Montreal, Quebec, celebrates diverse and authentic queer voices from coast to coast to coast.
 

Meet founder & publisher Florence Gagnon and other members of the Lez Spread The Word team to discuss the creation of the magazine, and its third issue, which includes: An in-depth profile of Emmy-winning writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe. Other highlights include an investigation into conversion therapy in Canada today, a conversation between Muslim writers of color Fariha Róisín and Samra Habib, a photo essay about Mexico City Pride and a look at how virtual reality is queering the porn industry.
 
The 230-page magazine is the result of efforts by more than 20 women keen to bring about positive change. Working from a desire to broaden access to LGBTQ+ communities, lstw honors role models, promotes diversity and shines a spotlight on lesbian culture in a new way.
 
+ beauty bar at the event by @fluidebeauty!

 
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
 
lstw‘s appeal transcends borders. The magazine is distributed in over 20 cities across North America and Europe, with key retail sites that include Casa Bosques Mexico City, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, magCulture London, Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum Amsterdam, Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth LA, and McNally Jackson Books and Artbook @ MoMA PS1 in New York.

 
Launched in Montreal in 2012, Lez Spread the Word is an LGBTQ+ organization devoted to producing content by and for queer women. Its first project was an eponymous news and entertainment website, followed by the awardwinning web series Féminin/Féminin, which aired on Radio-Canada in Quebec and France Télévisions in Europe, and through Amazon and Hulu in the United States. A dramedy that looks at the intersecting lives of a dozen or so queer characters, Féminin/Féminin recently wrapped its second season. Other notable initiatives include the bimonthly party Où sont les femmes?; #12, a beer co-created with Montreal’s Brasserie Harricana; and the sold-out play Coco. In the fall of 2016, Lez Spread the Word published the first issue of lstw, a bilingual print magazine committed to fighting queer invisibility.
 
 

 
 

Start: December 1, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 1, 2018 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.

Office Hours Poetry Workshop Craft Class with Catherine Barnett

 

Office Hours Poetry Workshop presents: a FREE craft class and reading with Catherine Barnett. The craft class takes place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Bureau.

A public reading with Catherine Barnett, Jen Levitt, and Paco Marquez will follow from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM.

Spaces for the craft class are limited to 15 persons so please RSVP in advance to sarahmariesala@gmail.com. Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil in addition to your technological device in case of cross-genre prompts.

Improv for Poets: In this workshop we’ll practice improvisational writing, adapting theatrical exercises to our work on the page. We’ll also practice the energizing if at times uncomfortable art of not-knowing as we use the often under-explored resources of syntax to carry our poems into new territories. With supporting materials from Layli Long-Soldier, Wislawa Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Forrest Hamer, William Carlos Williams, Kathleen Peirce, and Larry Levis.

Office Hours Poetry Workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. The workshop culminates in a public reading each fall and spring to showcase sizzling new work. We welcome all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are woman-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.

 

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Catherine Barnett‘s third collection, Human Hours, was just published by Graywolf Press in early fall 2018. She is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced and The Game of Boxes, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her honors include a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at NYU and Hunter and works as an independent editor in NYC.

 

Jen Levitt is the author of The Off-Season (Four Way Books, 2016). She received her MFA from NYU, and her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Literary Review, Sixth Finch, Tin House and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students.

 

Paco Márquez is author of the chapbook Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press, 2017). His work has appeared in Apogee, Ostrich Review, Live Mag! and Huizache, among others. As Spanish Editor for William O’Daly, he assisted in translating Pablo Neruda’s initial book, Crepusculario, for the first time into English, Book of Twilight, (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). His work has been supported by New York University, The Center for Book Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Originally from México and Northern California, Paco lives in New York City with his partner of 12 years. More at: pacomarquez.net

 

 

 

 

 

Start: December 1, 2018 11:00 AM
End: December 1, 2018 2:30 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

November 30, 2018

Charlie Bondhus, Kevin Hinkle, and Dean Kostos Poetry Reading

 

Come see poets Charlie Bondhus, Kevin Hinkle, and Dean Kostos read their latest work. Books on sale and drinks on tap!

 

Charlie Bondhus by Kevin Hinkle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Bondhus is the author of Divining Bones (Sundress, 2018) and All the Heat We Could Carry (Main Street Rag, 2013), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He received his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and his Ph.D. in literature from UMASS Amherst. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod, and Copper Nickel.

He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (UK). He is associate professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ). More at: http://charliebondhus.com.

 

 

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Kevin Hinkle of Asbury Park is a photo-based artist whose work has been exhibited in juried art shows including, locally, the Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, NJ), Montclair Art Museum’s Affordable Art Fair, the Center for Visual Arts (Summit, NJ) the Perkins Center for the Arts (Moorestown, NJ), as well as in exhibits in New York (where he received an Honorable Mention in Soho Photo’s Small Works exhibit), Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, California.

Hinkle’s work has also appeared in literary and arts journals such as The Tishmann Review, The Baltimore Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Tulane Review, Grey Sparrow, The Pedestal Magazine, and Utter, several of these in conjunction with the poetry of Charlie Bondhus.

In addition to being part of numerous private collections, Hinkle’s work can be found in the corporate art collection of PNC Bank.

 

 

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Dean Kostos’s memoir—The Boy Who Listened to Paintings—is forthcoming. His most recent collection of poems is Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. His previous books include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and the chapbook Celestial Rust. He coedited Mama’s Boy (a Lambda Book Award finalist) and edited Pomegranate Seeds (its debut reading was held at the United Nations).

His poems and personal essays have appeared in over 300 journals and anthologies, such as Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Dos Passos Review, The Good Men Project, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), New Madrid, Memoir Journal, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Storyscape Journal, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com. His choral text, Dialogue: Angel of War, Angel of Peace, was set to music by James Bassi and performed by Voices of Ascension. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard UP website and elsewhere. A multiple Pushcart-Prize nominee, he served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown Awards and received a Yaddo fellowship.

He has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School of NYU, and The City University of New York. His poem “Subway Silk” was translated into a film by Jill Clark and screened at Tribeca and at the San Francisco Indiefest. He presented his paper “Schemes and Schemata: Endless Play” and read his poems at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: November 30, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 30, 2018 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.