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Book release: Love Around the World

Fleur Pierets_Love Around the World

  In 2017, European artist duo Fleur Pierets and her wife, Julian Boom, came up with the idea for a performance art project in which they would get married in every country that had legalized same-sex marriage (22 when they started the project, now 28) After four countries, Julian was diagnosed with brain cancer and [...]

Thu. Dec 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Events

December 12, 2019

Book release: Love Around the World

 

In 2017, European artist duo Fleur Pierets and her wife, Julian Boom, came up with the idea for a performance art project in which they would get married in every country that had legalized same-sex marriage (22 when they started the project, now 28) After four countries, Julian was diagnosed with brain cancer and died approximately six weeks later, on January 22, 2018.

 

Fleur Pierets will be launching the first part of her two-volume children’s book series Love Around the World in which Fleur and Julian fulfill the dream of their beautiful project. They travel to Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States, learning the fascinating traditions and customs and peculiarities surrounding marriage in each country.

 

She will be talking about the work she and her wife Julian did as an LGBTQ artist couple, about their magazine Et Alors?, and the start of the wedding performance piece. Fleur talks about the importance of “completing” 22 through a children’s book and the need to keep on working as a human rights advocate by launching bridge-building projects.
 
 
Copies of Love Around the World will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 
 

Fleur Pierets is an award-winning Belgian artist and LGBTQ+ activist whose work combines photography and performance with theory and writing in a research-based practice that questions the construction and mainstream understanding of queer identity. She is the founding editor of Et Alors?, an online magazine devoted to LGBTQ+ politics, fashion, identity, and other issues. Her book Julian has just been published by Dutch publisher Das Mag, and the first volume of the children’s book Love Around the World is published at 6ft. Press – US.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Start: December 12, 2019 7:00 PM
End: December 12, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 13, 2019

Fagnanimous: Kazim Ali, Wo Chan, Joey DeJesus, and Rajiv Mohabir

 

Four poets unanimously agree that winter needs heat. Kazim Ali, Wo Chan, Joey De Jesus, and Rajiv Mohabir read new work.
 
 
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Kazim Ali‘s new books include Inquisition (poetry) and Silver Road: Essays, Maps, and Calligraphies (cross-genre).

 

Wo Chan

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wo Chan is queer poet and drag performer living in Brooklyn.

 

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Joey De Jesus edits poetry at Apogee Journal and is a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship recipient. They live in New York.

 

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Rajiv Mohabir is the author of, most recently, The Taxidermist’s Cut, and the translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, by Lalbihari Sharma.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: December 13, 2019 7:00 PM
End: December 13, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 14, 2019

Raw Meat Collective’s Holiday Market

 

Please join us Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division for a full day of wonder and merriment from 1pm – 7pm. Raw Meat Collective has put together a magical crew of independent publishers and artists to help fill those stockings this holiday season. We’ll have tables of great gifts and books for that special someone in your life. Vendor’s featured at the all day event are Anxiety Dreams, Camilo Godoy, Irrelevant Press, Mathew Dean Stewart, Raw Meat Collective and Zach Grear who will be selling books, tee’s, pins, prints and much more. Help support these terrific artists and makers, as well as, New York’s best bookstore by stopping by for Raw Meat Collective’s Holiday Market.

 

 

 

Start: December 14, 2019 1:00 PM
End: December 14, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

December 15, 2019

An Evening with Author Caleb Woods

 
Join us for an evening with Alabama author Caleb Woods! Caleb will discuss his struggles with mental illness and what it was like to grow up gay in the Bible Belt. He will also read from his book Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry. Afterward, there will be a book signing. Be sure to make plans to attend this event and don’t forget to pick up your copy of this thought-provoking book that dives deep into the raw emotion that someone with mental illness experiences on a daily basis.

 
 
Caleb Woods began writing at a young age, first to cope with bullying at school and later to soothe his depressing thoughts. Growing up in the small town of Pisgah, Alabama, he was surrounded by religion and found it increasingly difficult to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation. Caleb was told he would spend an eternity in hell for being gay – and he believed it. He was first officially diagnosed with PTSD in high school after his closest friend died unexpectedly. He moved away to college but ignored his symptoms and didn’t seek help for his mental illness. After years of suffering silently, he began to accept his sexual orientation and eventually met his now husband, Luke. Despite a happy marriage, Caleb continued to suffer with symptoms of PTSD. At their peak, the night terrors and panic attacks finally drove him to seek professional help. Today, Caleb receives treatment for PTSD, panic disorder, and depression by attending reoccurring therapy sessions. Throughout these years, Caleb wrote poetry about his specific struggles surrounding mental illness and growing up gay in the Bible Belt. In his debut book, “Harnessing Darkness: Expressing Mental Illness Through Poetry,” he reveals his most personal thoughts – some dark, some light, some suffering, some uplifting, but all existential. Currently, Caleb lives with his husband in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a full-time writer, author, and poet.

 
 
 
 

 

Start: December 15, 2019 5:00 PM
End: December 15, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 17, 2019

Office Hours Fall Showcase Reading

 

Office Hours Poetry Fellows from the Fall 2019 cohort will read the innovative poetry they’ve developed over the course of six workshop sessions. The Office Hours 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 femme-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.
 
 
Laura Cresté is the author of the forthcoming chapbook You Should Feel Bad, which was selected for a 2019 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University and a BA from Bennington College. The winner of Breakwater Review’s 2016 Peseroff Prize, she has published poems in No Tokens Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Powder Keg, and Bodega. She lives in Brooklyn.
 
 
Sharon Her is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker who comes from a non-profit and community organizing background. A 2001 Jerome Travel and Study Grant recipient and former instructor for the Loft Literary Center and SASE: the write place, Sharon brings a passion for multi-cultural and social equality programming and storytelling. She is currently a workshop leader with the New York Write’s Coalition and her work has been published in Asian Week, City Pages, New York Press, and the Hmong creative writing anthology, “Bamboo Among the Oaks” (Minnesota Historical Society Press).
 
 
Sophie Herron received an MFA in poetry from NYU, where they were a Goldwater Fellow. They work at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center, live in Brooklyn, and love their cat. Their poetry can be found in Bodega and Cleaver Magazine.
 
 
Emily Hockaday is the author of five chapbooks, including the forthcoming Beach Vocabulary from Red Bird Chaps. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, most recently Newtown Literary, The Maine Review, and Salt Hill. She is the managing editor of Analog Science Fiction & Fact and Asimov’s Science Fiction, and she can be found on the web at www.emilyhockaday.com and @E_Hockaday.
 
 
Jen Levitt‘s debut collection is The Off-Season (Four Way Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, The Literary Review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students.
 
 
Paco Márquez is a poet based out of Manhattan, author of the chapbook Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press, 2017). He has poems forthcoming in Fence, and previously published in Apogee, Ostrich Review, Live Mag! and Huizache. As Spanish Editor for William O’Daly, he assisted in translating Pablo Neruda’s initial book, Crepuscualrio, for the first time into English as, Book of Twilight, (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). He is currently working with Mexican poet Coral Bracho to translate her work into English. Paco’s work has been supported by The Center for Book Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and New York University, where he acquired an MFA in creative writing and was poetry editor of Washington Square. Originally from León, México, Paco has spent most of his life in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. pacomarquez.net
 
 
Holly Mitchell is a poet from Kentucky. A winner of the 2017 Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a 2012 Gertrude Claytor Prize from the Academy of American Poets, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Her poems have appeared in several journals including Baltimore Review, Day One, Juked, Narrative Magazine, and Paperbag. Holly first joined Office Hours in 2017.
 
 
Sarah Sala is a queer poet of Polish-Lebanese descent. Her debut collection, Devil’s Lake is forthcoming from Tolsun Books June 2020. She is the founder of the free poetry workshop, Office Hours, and Assistant Poetry Editor at the Bellevue Literary Review. Her work appears in BOMB, The Southampton Review, and The Los Angeles Review. Visit her at sarahsala.com and @sarahmsala.

 

 
 
 

Start: December 17, 2019 7:00 PM
End: December 17, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.