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The Fops — A new play about Queer identity by Jack Shamblin

Photograph by Bob Criso, from left to right: Graceann Dorse, Daniel Diaz, Goldie Luxe, Kevin Mimms, Michael Witkes, Brandi Azinionae, Nicholas Gorham, Matt "Ugly" McGlade

  THE FOPS by Jack Shamblin bubbled up out of recent work-in-progress performances at Dixon Place. Sharing his new script and his birthday at the same time, he welcomes you to an artful reading, live music, and some good pink cake. “Partying too hard, the aging Queer Monty time travels to Victorian New York’s Paresis [...]

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December 14, 2018

Office Hours Poetry Workshop Fall Showcase Reading


Writers from the Fall 2018 Office Hours Poetry Workshop will read the innovative poetry they’ve developed over the course of five workshop sessions. Our free workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. 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.



Marty Correia, Linda Harris Dolan, Jimena,, Jen Levitt, Paco Márquez, Caitlin Grace McDonnell, Holly Mitchell, Madeleine Mori, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Dacota Pratt-Pariseau, Sarah Sala, Victoria Sanz, and Irene Villaseñor.

Marty Correia’s work has appeared in The Mailer Review, Cagibi, FUSE, Punk Soul Poet, Lady Business, Sinister Wisdom and Flock. Marty produces the reading series: A Tribe Called Butch and is a memoir manuscript editor. A graduate of NYU’s creative writing MFA program, Marty recently finished Pigeon Mothers, a novel set in 1986 in Bridgeport, CT and Coney Island, NY. She is represented by the Frances Goldin Literary Agency and has lived in the East Village with her spouse Kate Conroy since 1996.


Linda Harris Dolan is a poet, editor, and professor. She holds an M.A. in English & American Literature from NYU, and an M.F.A in Poetry from NYU, where she was a Starworks Creative Writing Fellow. She’s former Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review and is currently a freelance editor. She teaches at Rutgers University. Her work appears in Barrow Street, Breakwater Review, Cordella Magazine, No Dear Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, The Grief Diaries, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, and Roanoke Review. Her poems have also been featured in the performance series, Emotive Fruition. She’s a 2016 Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee.


Jimena is a poet & artist born and raised in NYC. She’s a first generation Mexican-American trans woman. She graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. She is a Pink Door fellow (2019) and she curates events centered on QTPOC [with disabilities.]


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: www.pacomarquez.net


Caitlin Grace McDonnell was a New York Times Fellow in poetry at NYU and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems and essays have been published widely, and she published a chapbook of poems “Dreaming the Tree” (belladonna 2003) and a book “Looking for Small Animals” (nauset press 2012). Currently, she teaches English at CUNY, lives in Brooklyn with her nine-year-old daughter, and is at work on novel.


Holly Mitchell is a poet from Kentucky, now based in New York. A winner of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a Gertrude Claytor Prize from the Academy of American Poets, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals, including Baltimore Review, Juked, Slice, and Paperbag.


Madeleine Mori is a Japanese-American poet originally from San Francisco. She received a BS in Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in BOAAT, Cosmonauts Avenue, Salt Hill, and Sixth Finch, among others. She received an MFA from New York University, where she served as a Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review, and was the recipient of the 2017 Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She is the Guest Poetry Editor at Aperçus and lives in Brooklyn.


Elsbeth Pancrazi is the author of Full Body Pleasure Suit, which was the 2016 Tavern Books Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Selection. She has been recognized for her writing as a Poets House Fellow and an artist-in-residence at Caldera Arts in Sisters, Oregon. She is working on a new book starring the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.


Dacota Pratt-Pariseau is a Vermont poet. She has an MFA from NYU and has been published in Prelude and Bodega Magazine. She currently lives in Harlem.


Sarah Sala‘s debut poetry collection, Devil’s Lake, was a finalist for the 2017 Subito Book Prize, and her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR’s hit show Radiolab. The founder of Office Hours Poetry Workshop, she’s currently at work on Migrainer, a lyric essay examining the interstices of migraine and creativity.


Victoria Sanz is a Latina Miami native living in Brooklyn. She holds degrees in English, American Sign Language, and Poetry. She currently teaches 2s and 3s at Maple Street School, and is working toward her doula certification. Some of her work can be found in Phantom Limb, smoking glue gun, and SWWIM.


Irene Villaseñor is a multidisciplinary artist. She’s pursuing a MFA in Art Writing and Art Criticism at the School of Visual Arts to work on a manuscript about contemporary Indigenous art. Her poem “10 Truths and a Lie” is included in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018). She’s also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Irene was interviewed for the book It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity and the Power of Transformative Teaching by Steve Goodman (Teachers College Press, June 2018). Previously, she was part of the team at American Documentary | P.O.V. that received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Irene also received the Catalog for Giving’s Urban Hero Award and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Women We Love, Women We Honor Award.


Start: December 14, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 14, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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 13, 2018

Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s

Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.
Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City will be available for purchase at the event. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.
Meryl Meisler

Meryl Meisler was born in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island in New York. Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends while enrolled in a photography class at The University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1975, Meryl returned to New York City and studied with Lisette Model, continuing to photograph her hometown and the city around her She frequented and photographed the infamous New York discos.After a 31-year career as a NYC public school art teacher, she began revealing large bodies of unseen work. Her monographs, “A Tale of Two Cities Disco Era Bushwick” and “Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City,” (Bizarre Publishing) are internationally acclaimed. Meryl lives and works in New York City, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. She is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery.


Start: December 13, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 13, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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 9, 2018

Issue Launch Party for TSQ: Trans*Historicities


Join TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and co-editors Leah DeVun and Zeb Tortorici for the launch of TSQ’s new issue “Trans*historicities.” This issue brings together artists, curators, and scholars imagining a history of trans* before the advent of terms that scholars generally look to for the formation of modern concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality. Contributors — including Kadji Amin, M.W. Bychowski, Julian B. Carter, Julian Gill-Peterson, J. Halberstam, Asato Ikeda, Maya Mikdashi, Carlos Motta, Kai Pyle, C. Riley Snorton, Jennifer Wilson, and others — consider what we find if we look for trans* before trans*.


Leah DeVun is a historian, artist, and associate professor at Rutgers University.  She’s the author of Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time and articles in Radical History Review, GLQ, WSQ, Osiris, and ASAP/Journal. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been featured in publications such as ArtforumHyperallergic, People, Huffington PostArt Papers, and Slate and at venues such as USC’s ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum, NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections, Houston Center for Photography, Blanton Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Leslie-Lohman Museum, among others.

Zeb Tortorici is an historian and associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.  He is the author of Sins against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (2018), and has recently co-edited two issues of Radical History Review on the topic of “Queering Archives.” He also edited Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America (2016) and co-edited Centering Animals in Latin American History (2013). His co-edited anthology Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological/Archival Knowledge is forthcoming with Duke University Press.





Start: December 9, 2018 3:00 PM
End: December 9, 2018 5:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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 8, 2018

Feminist Data Set Workshop


Please join Caroline Sinders and Dilettante Army for a workshop and discussion of Feminist Data Set. This session coincides with the launch of Dilettante Army’s newest online issue, Plot, which includes an essay by Sinders. For an initial discussion of queer aesthetic data points, Sinders will be joined by her fellow Plot contributor Rebecca Ariel Porte and by artist LJ Roberts.

This session will investigate varying methods of creating a feminist data set. What is feminist data inside of social networks, algorithms, and big data? A feminist data set queers the archive, the spreadsheet, and the data set. It moves beyond a white and male space, forcing the technology to reflect the community. A feminist data set acts as a means to combat bias and introduce the possibility of data collection as a feminist practice, aiming to produce a slice of data to intervene in larger civic and private networks.  Exploring its potential to disrupt larger systems by generating new forms of agency, the session asks: can data collection itself function as an artwork? How can we create data to be an act of protest against algorithms?

Participants are invited to name digital content such as images, gifs, videos, sound, music and texts, which they feel is feminist and queer in nature, to feed into the data set, which teaches an AI system to recognize such. Queer data is art, interviews, and writing by queer and trans folx, with special attention paid to the work of people of color data (examples: the Combahee River Collective’s “A Black Feminist Statement,” “I Want a Dyke for President,” the sculptures of Simone Leigh, Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, etc.). This process raises questions concerning qualitative data collection and requires the group to reflect on categories supposed to capture feminism.

If possible, please bring your own laptop! This will help you research data points and share any files you find.


Caroline Sinders

























Caroline Sinders is a machine learning design researcher and artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, as well as conversational spaces. Caroline is the principal designer and founder of Convocation Design + Research, a design and research agency focusing on the intersections of product design, user research, AI, emerging technology and public good.

Caroline has held fellowships with the Yerba Buena Centers of the Arts, Eyebeam, the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured at MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Biennale, as well as others. Caroline holds a masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


Rebecca Ariel Porte








Rebecca Ariel Porte (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is a member of the Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she teaches a spectrum of courses in literature, philosophy, and theory across centuries, cultures, and canons. She is currently at work on a book about paradise, Arcadia, and the Golden Age.


LJ Roberts


















LJ Roberts creates large-scale textile installations, intricate embroideries, artist books, and collages. Their work investigates overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, narrative, and craft. LJ’s work has been shown at such venues as The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The 8th Floor, Vox Populi, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Oakland Museum of California, The DePaul Art Museum, The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and The Museum of the City of New York.

LJ has been the past recipient of The Fountainhead Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and residencies at IASPIS-Stockholm, The MacDowell Colony, QueensLab, Ox-Bow School of Art, ACRE, The Textile Arts Center, and The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2015 LJ was one of nine recipients of The White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI Artists.

LJ lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.






Start: December 8, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 8, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
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 7, 2018

Keith Taylor Presents.. Version 2.0

Performances by LGBT artists TranceDurrty HannaRockstar Sissy, Vermex Van Croix, Baller Brown, Fabiola Blonde, & Keith Taylor
Followed by the premiere screening of “Silence” 3rd music video from THE STAGE Remixed & Revamped! EP
This event is a fundraiser for New Alternatives
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit New Alternatives. No one turned away for lack of funds.

New Alternatives provides a range of services designed to help LGBTQ+ youth succeed in transitioning to stable adult lives and welcomes all youth as they are with no barriers to entry.

Start: December 7, 2018 7:30 PM
End: December 7, 2018 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. This event is a fundraiser for New Alternatives.