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Screening of Confederitis, A Film by Rbt. Sps. & Jillian McManemin

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Join us on Saturday, May 30, 7 PM EST for an online screening of Confederitis, a collaborative film by Rbt. Sps. & Jillian McManemin, followed by a brief Q&A with both artists, Confederitis is a collaborative experimental film by Robert Spees and Jillian McManemin that melds documentary footage of rural Kentucky and Tennessee with narrative, karaoke, [...]

Sat. May 30, 2020 7:00 PM

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May 30, 2020

Screening of Confederitis, A Film by Rbt. Sps. & Jillian McManemin

Join us on Saturday, May 30, 7 PM EST for an online screening of Confederitis, a collaborative film by Rbt. Sps. & Jillian McManemin, followed by a brief Q&A with both artists,

Confederitis is a collaborative experimental film by Robert Spees and Jillian McManemin that melds documentary footage of rural Kentucky and Tennessee with narrative, karaoke, poetry and slapstick puppetry. The film follows Phocian and Faith (played by the filmmakers), as they form a queer love cult and distort Confederate symbology. Confederitis was shot on multiple formats and film stocks including Super 8mm, 16mm, Hi-8, Betamax, VHS, & HD. Confederitis is a diaristic dream state that meditates on the impotence of escapism in our current political climate.

Confederitis has been presented by Anthology Film Archives, The Istanbul Experimental Film Festival, The Slipper Room, Spalding University (Louisville, Kentucky), Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño (Santiago, Cuba), and received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to be screened at Circe Theater (Tbilisi, Georgia) in January 2019. “A Prelude to a Film”, a performance that incorporated early Confederitis footage, was presented by Rbt. & Jillian at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division in 2015.

Run time: 70 minutes

This event is free, but the artists and the Bureau ask attendees to make a donation of $10 or more to NYC’s LGBT Community Center if you have the means to do so.

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE LINK TO THE ZOOM MEETING (REQUIRED).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: May 30, 2020 7:00 PM
End: May 30, 2020 8:30 PM
Venue: Online event
Address:
New York, NY, United States

June 13, 2020

Genevieve Hudson & Alden Jones: A Virtual Reading with the Bureau

 

Join the Bureau online for a reading with Genevieve Hudson (Boys of Alabama) and Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir) on Saturday, June 13th, 6 to 7 PM EST.

 

Genevieve Hudson will read from her new novel, Boys of Alabama. Melissa Febos says of Boys of Alabama: “This novel is a love song to outsiders of all kinds, a queer love story about the ways we find to heal ourselves and each other, and proof that there can be magic amid the burdens of masculinity. Hudson’s prose is perfect and I will remember her Boys of Alabama for a long, long time.”

 

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Genevieve Hudson’s previous books are the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone, and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, The MacDowell Colony, Caldera Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Portland, OR. genevievehudsonwriter.com

 
Alden Jones will read from her new bibliomemoir, The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir. Alex Marzano-Lesnevich says of The Wanting Was a Wilderness: “Alden Jones intended to write a reckoning with a contemporary literary classic — but she has written far more than that. To carefully dissect Wild, she finds she must consider her own quests: her own time in the wild; her self-discoveries as a queer woman; and how she can both live and tell an authentic story. This is a beautiful, lyric, unexpected book about the power of memoir and how desire both leads us into the wilderness and makes for us a map. The Wanting Was a Wilderness is a book for readers, true readers, to treasure.”

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Alden Jones’s previous books are The Blind Masseuse, a finalist for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogal Award, and Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the New American Fiction Prize and a finalist for a Lambda and a Publishing Triangle Award. She teaches at Emerson College and is core faculty in the Newport MFA. aldenjones.com

 

This event is free, but the authors and the Bureau ask attendees to make a donation of $10 or more to NYC’s LGBT Community Center if you have the means to do so.

RSVP on Eventbrite in order to receive the link to the Zoom meeting (required).

Order Hudson’s Boys of Alabama (Liveright Publishing, May 19, 2020, hardcover, $26.95) from the Bureau. Send us an email with “Order Hudson’s Boys of Alabama” in the subject line at [email protected]. Please include:

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(or we can take your credit card info over the phone)

 

Order Jones’s The Wanting Was a Wilderness (Fiction Advocate, May 12, 2020, paperback, $19.95) directly from the publisher:

https://fictionadvocate.com/afterwords/the-wanting-was-a-wilderness/

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 13, 2020 6:00 PM
End: June 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Venue: Online event
Address:
New York, NY, United States

September 11, 2020

CLOSET CASES anthology launch party

 

Join us for the launch of Megan Volpert’s Closet Cases: Queers On What We Wear. More than a dozen of the book’s contributors will be here as well. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. This is much more than a “fashion book.” It is a collection of artifacts that testifies to the power of fashion as a verb as it unfolds the complex and lovely strategies governing what we do in the LGBTQ+ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen.

 

Jean jackets can be armor. Bracelets, spiritual totems. Belts can save lives, or take them. As a verb, “fashion” is exceedingly queer. Our queer community learns to fashion identity from and through the clothes we wear, the costumes we choose, the fabrics we desire—and the statements these make. No other community allows clothing to serve as such a primary, dominant marker of subjectivity, both individually and collectively. We don’t simply permit fashioning; we rely upon what we put on our bodies to tip off, to signal, and to serve as evidence of who we are.

 
 

Copies of Closet Cases will be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at [email protected]. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 
 

The editor of this anthology, Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists, a Georgia Author of the Year finalist and an American Library Association honoree. Her newest work is Boss Broad (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 
 
 
 

Start: September 11, 2020 7:00 PM
End: September 11, 2020 9:00 PM
Venue: online
Address:
NY, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.