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Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s

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  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 [...]

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 7:00 PM

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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
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 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.

 

Featuring:

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
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 15, 2018

TELL 49: Permission

 

TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
 
TELL ends the year with a night of storytellers curated by Mariel Reyes @marielwashere
 
Featuring stories by Chrissy Etienne, Katie Fricas, Winter Laike, and a story and video excerpt by Arisleyda Dilone.

 
This is the 49th installment of TELL. The night’s theme is PERMISSION.

$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.

 

 

KATIE FRICAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Fricas is a cartoonist from New York City. She makes non-fiction essay comics about art, politics, and hidden histories in a wiggly, slap-happy style for various publications and websites. She got her start illustrating for $pread Magazine (RIP) and self-publishing a comic about her life called Blabbermouth. Her work pops up in various anthologies, including the 2018 Ignatz award-winning book, Comics for Choice, and her comics have also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and PEN America. Her series, Checked Out, about almost a decade spent working at NYC’s oldest library, appears regularly on the website Spiralbound. When she isn’t scuttling all over the city, she can be found at home scanning the funnie pages.

 

 

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Winter Laike is a Brooklyn-based musician and storyteller whose musical works include a collection of songs based on Craigslist missed connections, a rock opera inspired by a series of dreams, and songs about life’s everyday struggles. He has appeared on the stage at venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Bowery, Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Duplex, and the Tank. When he’s not writing music, Winter enjoys making the internet accessible, riding his bike, making not-your-mother’s Rice Krispie treats, playing with puppies, and gorging on pizza, donuts, and ice cream.

Winter’s next performance will be Monday, December 17 at The Tank, where he will be performing musical works in various stages of development, including some of the aforementioned projects. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/498900230587403 

 

 

 

ARISLEYDA DILONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arisleyda Dilone (b. 1982/Santiago, Dominican Republic). Arisleyda is a filmmaker, writer, actor, multilingual translator and model. Her practice is rooted in revealing the deeply personal through all the mediums necessary. In 2015 she completed the short film: Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito /Mom and Me and My Little Rooster. As a writer, she was a contributing author in Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth a book of essays. She is currently working on a feature length documentary titled: This Body, Too.

 

Arisleyda is a member of Diverse Filmmakers Alliance, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Ay Ombe Theater.

 

 

CHRISSY ETIENNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chrissy Etienne is a queer Haitian poet and storyteller by way of birth right.

They’d like to know what going home feels like.

 

 

 

 

Start: December 15, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 15, 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: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 18, 2018

Global Gay

 

Directed by Salvino Raco, Global Gay is a performance piece and reading based on Frédéric Martel‘s book, Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World, now available in English translation, which describes how lgbtq culture has changed societies everywhere, especially in the post-Stonewall Era. Martel’s book also examines the challenges to lgbtq folk in cultures that are hostile to alternative forms of sexual and gender expression. Directed by Salvino Raco, the full production will be presented at LaMaMa ETC in June 2019 as part of the Stonewall50 commemorations.
 
 
Salvino Raco, Italian director based in Paris, has conceived and mounted many productions in the “theater of engagement” sphere. His works focus on human rights issues and protest against oppressive political and cultural structures, in the Brechtian tradition. An abridged version of “Global Gay” was presented to much acclaim at the Milan Triennale in 2016.
 
 
Craig Anthony Bannister, associate producer, is artistic/program director for Spectrum Arts Production. As part of his work with Salvino Raco, he is initiating a series of intergenerational workshops designed to interpret the “Global Gay” to a wide audience, ranging from Stonewall veterans of 1969 to today’s young people struggling with lgbtq and gender-fluid issues.
 
 
Edward Moran, producer/translator/narrator, has assisted Salvino Raco in translating his scripts and production notes from French to English, and has also assisted him in introducing Raco’s work to American theaters. A resident of New York City since June 1969, he was a witness to the Stonewall rebellion and its aftermath.

 
 
 

 

Start: December 18, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 18, 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.