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An Evening of Poetry and Music: Suzanne Parker and Why The Reckless

September 13, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Join us for an evening of poetry and music at the Bureau featuring Suzanne Parker and Why The Reckless. Parker will read from Viral, her collection of poetry that was written in response to the suicide of Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutgers student who jumped from the GW Bridge after his roommate broadcasted via webcam his encounter with another man (published by Alice James Books in 2013). Why The Reckless (stage name of independent folk musician and songwriter Carleen Kirksey) will return to the Bureau to perform her original songs.
Suzanne Parker

Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award from Alice James Books.  Her poetry collection, Viral, which was written in response to the suicide of Rutger’s University freshman Tyler Clementi, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and was included on the American Library Association’s Rainbow List of Recommended Books of 2013.  Her poetry has appeared in “Barrow Street,” “Cimarron Review,” “The Boiler,” “Hunger Mountain,” “Drunken Boat,” and numerous other journals and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.  She is a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Suzanne’s creative non-fiction is published in the travel anthology “Something to Declare: Good lesbian Travel Writing.” Suzanne is the managing editor at “MEAD: A Magazine of Literature and Libations.”



Why The Reckless, footed by vocalist and ukulele enthusiast Carleen Kirksey, is a one woman band powered by ukulele to sooth you, lyrics to feed you, and vocals that slap ya round a bit. Bring your own bib.



September 13, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
83A Hester Street
New York, NY 10002 United States
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646 457 0859


646 457 0859