Queer Memoir: SECOND THOUGHTS (this time in PHILLY!)

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We’re really looking forward to our matinee showing of Queer Memoir: SECOND THOUGHTS in Philly!

Sunday September 28 at 3 pm

William Way Community Center

1315 Spruce Street

Philly, PA

(BTW, you can get last minute updates and RSVP on our facebook event)

Queer Memoir is a storytelling series for all of the LGBT community; giving voice to our collective queer experience and preserving and documenting our complex queer history. At every event, Queer Memoir hosts some of the queer world’s well known performers, and folks who have never been on a stage in their lives, bring them together to celebrate the ritual and community building value of storytelling.

This event’s storytellers:
Robin FM
Cassendre Xavier
Colleen O’Connell & Connie Youkon
R. Eric Thomas
Debra D’Alessandro
Susan DiPronio
Wesley Garis & Kelli Dunham

5-15 bucks sliding scale, no one turned away! If you don’t have the cash, please just show up, no worries, we want you there!

Queer Memoir was founded by comic storyteller Kelli Dunham and playwright Genne Murphy in January 2010. In four years they have created more than 85 Queer Memoir events, drawing in over 7200 audience members and 365 different storytellers. Queer Memoir has collaborated with 13 arts organizations in four states, conducted almost a dozen storytelling workshops and used nearly a hundred venues including the MTA, sharing stories on both the A and Q Trains.

More about our storytellers:
R ERIC THOMAS
R. Eric Thomas, a playwright and stand-up dramedian, has been hailed as “one of the best storytellers in Philly” by the Philadelphia Weekly. His plays include Will You Accept This Friend Request?, Always the Bridesmaid, and The Spectator. His play When You Put It Like That It Just Sounds Ridiculous was a finalist for the 2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. Eric has performed throughout the country, can be heard on the wildly successful RISK! and Soundtrack Series podcasts, and gave a talk at the 2011 TEDxPhilly conference. He is currently the host of The Moth in Philadelphia. rericthomas.com

ROBIN FM
Robin is a teacher, writer, mother, wife, and great lover of the almighty Candy Crush. She drives a Prius, yet regularly wastes paper and sometimes forgets to recycle.

CASSENDRE XAVIER
Cassendre Xavier is a Leeway Transformation Award-winning multi-media artist based in Philadelphia. She coined the term “renaissance negresse” in 2002 to describe her work as a musician, writer, fine artist, and actress. As a member of Philly’s LGBTQI community she has worked at Giovanni’s Room bookstore, produced events and support groups at the William Way Community Center, participated in the Lesbian Visibility Project, performed at many wimmin’s venues including Miriam’s Tambourine and SisterSpace Weekend, and shared the stage with openly lesbian performers Pat Humphries (of emma’s revolution), Tret Fure, Toshi Reagon, Alix Dobkin, and Lucie Blue Tremblay, among others. She worked for Labyrinth: The Philadelphia Women’s Newspaper (Editor/Journalist/Poet circa 1990-1994), is the author of the former Black/Out column of Philadelphia Gay News, and her writing has also been published widely including Dykes with Baggage: A Lighter Side of Lesbians in Therapy (ed. Riggin Waugh/Alyson Publications), We’Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn 1999 & 2001, respectively (Mother Tongue Ink), The Butch Cook Book (Ed. Lee Lynch, Nel Ward & Sue Hardesty, TRP Cookbooks, June 2008), and The SandMUtopian Guardian: A Journal of BDSM Realities. Cassendre is a proud longtime subscriber and contributor to the Lesbian Connection magazine as well as a winner of Go Magazine’s “100 Women We Love Class of 2010”. Visit Cassendre at http://cassendrexavier.com/

COLLEEN & CONNIE
Connie and Colleen will celebrate 31 years in August. Over that time they’ve: Held twelve jobs; owned eight cars; parented five cats; lived in four neighborhoods; owned three couches and two beds; started one business apiece; were civil-unioned (a/k/a a New Jersey marriage); and still express undying love and affection for one another.

DEBRA D’ALESSANDRO
Debra D’Alessandro is host and producer of Amazon Country (airing Sundays at 11pm on WXPN 88.5 FM and live streaming at http://www.xpn.org/xpn-programs/amazon-country . Founded in 1974 (and led by Debra since 1996), Amazon Country is the nation’s longest running lesbian/feminist radio program. For five seasons ending in 2005, she hosted weekly call-in TV talk shows, “Philly LIVE: Your Gay and Lesbian Community Connection” and “OutLoud” on WYBE public television. The two-time Emmy-nominated “Philly Live” was America’s first live gay-themed television talk show.Debra’s ‘day job’ is as a public health program manager at a local non-profit.

SUSAN DiPRONIO
Susan DiPronio lives in Philadelphia and founded Pink Hanger Presents a project dedicated to giving voice to the unique life experiences of women, transgender and genderqueer individuals.Susan’s poetry recently appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Corset Magazine, The Avocet, Defenestration and Spillway Literary Journal. Their memoir “Laurel” was included in the memoir chapbook from First Person Arts and their personal essay: “Damaged:A journey of healing from sexual assault” is included in the book “The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse.” Susan was a 2013 recipient of The Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation.

WESLEY GARIS
Wesley lives in Philadelphia, where he’s currently studying to become a teacher. He’s an avid gamer, comic book reader, sci-fi enthusiast, and all-around super nerd. He writes for several online gaming publications, including the award-winning start-up Hardcore Games

Survey Results PLUS Call for STORYTELLERS for our FALL SEASON!

Hey Queer Memoir fans..er people who are interested in Queer Memoir.

Thanks to everyone who filled out the Queer Memoir survey over the summer! Queer Memoir is coming up on its fifth year, and I’m really grateful for the continued success of this event and how it really seems to be speaking to folks in the LGBT community who want to make sure all our stories get told.

At the same time, I know there are folks and parts of the community we aren’t reaching…and so it was very helpful to hear about how QM can be more open, more welcoming and what kind of venues and themes are of most interest to folks.

The comprehensive results are below, and the themes for this fall and winter were chosen as a direct result of votes on the survey. A few things that were notable about the results:

  1. More people said they would go to a venue which was populated with aliens with barbed anal probes than said they would go to Queer Memoir held on Staten Island. I don’t know quite what to say about that, except maybe I shouldn’t have included sarcastic options in an survey. Or maybe people are really afraid of Staten Island. Live and learn.
  2. Queer Memoir is an exceptionally well attended event (we have never had a QM in which we had less than 45 people present; our average attendance is 85.7 since the beginning of the series). When I talk with folks at the event about why they attend, people usually say they heard about it word of mouth, so I assumed that meant people come because a friend is sharing a story. Surprisingly, that’s not what the survey said: 55 percent of people say they attend any given Queer Memoir event because the theme engages them versus 25 percent because a friend is performing. Although this makes sense, in retrospect, because many people didn’t like the idea of a LIE themed show, and it was our most poorly attended event in the last year.
  3. Back in the day, I was worried about us not having a set venue but over time I’ve become more relaxed about it. What makes Queer Memoir what it is has to do with the depth at which the storytellers share. People seem to get what we’re doing even if we are a roaming show. In addition, I’m enjoying the variety of venues we’ve used and I’d love to do even more nontraditional venues…like I’d love to have an event in a laundromat sometime soon. I think it keeps the show from feeling repetitive and that’s amazing. At the same time, something I realized from our roaming nature is that certain venues don’t feel welcoming to certain folks. For example, QM has always skewed younger than the population of LGBT people at large, but I noticed when we used a more mainstream, Manhattan-based venue (the Bowery Poetry Club) our average age went up. So it’s important to have some shows in those kind of spaces, even though those spaces are often much more expensive.
  4. Another surprising thing about venues: we’ve always been very specific about what we need 1. Reasonably priced so the event can be sliding scale/no one turned away 2. Wheelchair accessible 3. Non-bar atmosphere.  However, according to the survey only 14 percent of people would NOT attend the event if it was at a bar. That made me rethink the possibility of holding QM in a bar, at least once in a while. Obviously this is more about my preferences rather than the preferences of those who attend QM. However, I think there are some circumstances in which storytellers would be less likely to share at a bar, especially those who are unsure/taking a big risk and those are the folks I most want to reach. So QM won’t become a bar event, but maybe we could do a QM in a bar once or twice a year or so without the the world coming to an end.
  5. People were most interested in these themes: NYC loneliness, mistakes, chosen family, work and assimilation, so those will our next themes. This fall’s events are

Friday September 19 at 7 pm (LES) Queer Memoir: NYC LONELINESS

Friday October 3rd at 7 pm (LES) Queer Memoir: MISTAKES

Sunday November 23 (in conjunction with the Lesbian Herstory Archive’s 40th Anniversary) Queer Memoir: CHOSEN FAMILY

We are recruiting storytellers for all three shows as well as a “I HATE THE HOLIDAYS” event in December, time and location TBA.

  1. Are you interested in sharing at an upcoming Queer Memoir? Email kellidunham@gmail.com with 1. which show you are interested in 2. a one to three sentence summary of the story you would tell 3. a little about yourself (ie do you perform all the time, have you never done this, what makes you interested in doing this, anything else I should know) We aren’t just looking for performers, you don’t have to ANY experience in order to share on the Queer Memoir “stage.” We believe we are all storytellers, and we can work with your to craft the narrative and we will cheerlead you every step of the way…that’s a promise!
  1. If you want to support Queer Memoir, so we can run our free workshops and occasionally use a more expensive venue, I (Kelli) am offering my comedy CDs free for download, with the option of doing a donation of any size to support QM. You can also download them for free, or if you hate Kelli’s comedy, that’s cool, you can just contribute to support QM and know that your bucks or going to help other queers be able to share their most precious stories. You can do that on Kelli’s website here;  ignore the bit about Labor Day, we didn’t get this post up until now so we are extending this until mid-September.

Further results from the survey:

Have you been to QM ?

68% a few times

27% never

5% a bunch

Have you shared at QM

Never but would like to 52%

At least once 26%

Never, but it’s cool, I like being an audience member 22%

If you haven’t shared at QM, why not?

Never thought about it 44%

Couldn’t relate to themes 28%

Timing not convenient 17%

Venues don’t seem like my kind of place 11%

Feel afraid to talk in front of people 11%

Don’t know how to put together a story 11%

Other reasons (the rest)

What would keep you from coming to a QM event?

Venue on Staten Island 57%

Venue not close to a subway 57%

If venue was full of space alien with barbed anal probes 52%

Cover was 10 bucks instead of five 33%

Space not wheelchair accessible 33%

Held in a bar 14%

In Brooklyn 5%

In Manhattan 5%

When you go to QM, why do you go?

Interested in theme 55%

Someone I know is telling a story 25%

Like the event overall 10 %

Kelli keeps bugging me about it 5%

What else is going on in New York? 5%

Queer Memoir: WHAT I READ THAT SUMMER

Sunday August 10th at 3.30 PM

Bowery Poetry Club  308 Bowery

5-15 bucks, no one turned away, RSVP on facebook

Remember those days of August in childhood when you just couldn’t stop reading THAT book that made your little queer heart SING? Queer Memoir’s August event is all about telling stories about the stories that made us who we are…

With our amazing cast of storytellers:
Kathleen Warnock,
Kyle Lukoff
Morgan Goode
Erica Cardwell
Karalyn Jeanne
Leah Strock
Sophia Vazquez-Pazos
AND NOW, Red Durkin!

BIOS:
KATHLEEN WARNOCK
Kathleen Warnock is a NYC-based playwright & editor. She was editor of Best Lesbian Erotica for five years, and had a lot of fun with it. She hosts the Drunken! Careening! Writers! reading series at KGB Bar the third Thursday of every month (since 2004). Her plays have been seen in New York, London, Dublin (Ireland and Georgia), and regionally. Currently, “Some Are People” is running at Philly Gayfest through August 23. She is curator of the Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwrights Project for TOSOS and Ambassador of Love for North America for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and by day she is Googly.

sophiaspostcardSOPHIA VAZQUEZ-PAZOS
Sophia Vazquez-Pazos is a contradiction on just about every expectation. An introvert that plays on social media (nycphoenix on twitter). A non-writer with professional publications, a now silent blog and notebooks of angsty poetry. An infertile from a community known for its fecundity. A sober drunk for the past seventeen years. A sexy fat girl in a world of size 4 supermodels. A married bisexual queer girl who loves drag, disco, show tunes and classic Hollywood and goes to church more often than Pride events. A radical social worker playing nice with the system for now. Sophia lives with these contradictions quite happily in Washington Heights with her butch husband Maribelle and her two kittehs, Florencio and Talula.This will be her third time at Queer Memoir and she is still nervous.

KYLE LUKOFF
Kyle Lukoff still has the first book he ever read independently, with his name and the date inscribed in the front cover (Old Hat, New Hat, starring the Berenstain Bears, August of 1989). He started working at Barnes and Noble as a summer job soon after he turned sixteen, and continued to work at different locations for a decade, during and after college. In 2009 he realized that library school existed, and he received his Masters of Library Science in 2011. He is now the librarian at a private elementary school in Chelsea, and spends most of his working hours talking about books to young children.

MORGAN GOODE
Morgan Goode is a storyteller and photographer living in Brooklyn. The video of her story “Sugar and Spice,” which tells the tale of her middle school adventures with a squiggle wiggle writer, has over 4,000 views on YouTube. She’s an editor at large at prettyqueer.com and is currently working on a nonfiction novel, a black comedy about the aftermath of her father’s suicide, to be released this fall on Topside Signature Press.

LEAH STROCK
Leah left her childhood home in Yonkers in the summer of ’76 to share a summer sublet in the East Village with three friends. She was in her last year of high school, eager, underage and ready to explore all that the city had to offer.
Her adventures included being chased by Lesbian Feminist Separatists when she tried to tear down their “cocksucking causes cancer” banner at the Gay Pride March… hitchhiking her way down 2nd avenue from chic lesbian lounges on the Upper East Side… hanging out at Bonnie & Clydes in the West Village and ending up later that evening in a full fledged orgy. The summer of ‘76 was a wild ride… and with it came Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown.

KARALYN JEANNE
Karalyn hails from the working class suburbs of NYC and has lived in Brooklyn for fifteen years. As a cross-cultural adoptee and orphan, she writes and ruminates on issues of attachment; as a social worker, she is captivated and humbled by our ability to make meaning from trauma and loss. After flunking out of college in 1996, she worked as a burger flipper, closet designer, mural painter and executive recruiter before completing her BS in Experimental Psychology through CUNY’s adult degree program in 2007. She earned her MSW in 2009.

ERICA CARDWELL
Erica Cardwell is a queer romantic, educator, and activist. . Her essays and reviews have been featured in The Paper, The Feminist Wire, Ikons Magazine, and the upcoming edition of Black Queer. Throughout the city, she has shared her work at La Galleria, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Brecht Forum, Raw Fiction reading series, In The Flesh, and, post Hurricane Sandy in Kelly’s apartment for Queer Memoir: Awkward. Her webseries, Prints, was a part of Alternative Realities a black lesbian reading series WOW Cafe Theater in December of 2013. Currently, she oversees the art, culture, and women’s programming at The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Erica lives in the land of make believe in Astoria, Queens. You can read more of her work atwww.theomnivorous.blogspot.com.

Upcoming: Queer Memoir LEATHER

Queer Memoir: LEATHER

Sunday July 13th at 3.30 PM

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery, NYC 

THIS MONTH’S THEME IS LEATHER AND IS GUEST CO-CURATED BY SASSAFRAS LOWREY

Tickets 5-15 bucks sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

With our storytellers:

Sassafras Lowrey (co-curating this event)

William Johnson

Ashley Young

Victor Tobar

Karen Taylor

Nayland Blake

BIOS: 

Sassafras Lowrey got hir start writing as a punk zinester in Portland, Oregon. Ze is the editor of  Leather Ever After a finalist for the National Leather Association Writing Award, and the two time American Library Association honored & Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology. Hir leather focused debut novel Roving Pack (www.RovingPack.com) was honored by the American Library Association and is a Rainbow Book Award winner (2nd place) for Transgender Fiction. Sassafras is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Berzon Emerging Writer Award. Ze lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir Daddy, two dogs of dramatically different sizes, two bossy cats, and a kitten.

William Johnson

William Johnson is the online editor of Lambda Literary. He is also the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to publishing gay writing of artist merit and a contributing arts and culture writer for CrushFanazine.

Ashley Young is a black queer feminist writer and poet working as an editor in New York City. She received her BA from Hampshire College, where she studied education and theater and is earning a certification in copyediting at New York University. She is a 2010 Voices of Our Nations Art Foundation Poetry Fellow and a 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Creative Nonfiction Fellow. Her feminist poetry and prose have been published in Elixher magazine, Rkvry Quarterly Literary Journal, Autostraddle, Her Circle magazine, and more. She authored a chapter in Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion (2012) and is working on her first novel, an Audre Lorde–inspired biomythography.

Victor Tobar is a Queer, gender non-conforming Latin@ writer,performer, artist, activist, and sex- and kink-educator. They are a life-long New Yorker and have been part of the NYC writing and performance scene for the past 15 years (seriously)! He’s also been a member of the NYC public BDSM scene for over a decade. Victor started performing as a teenager, and represented New York as part of the Brave New Voices Youth Slam team in 2000. They helped develop and mentor QQ&A, a creative writing workshop series for Queer and Questioning youth with Urban Word NYC. As part of Mangos with Chili, he’s toured the northeast and Canada. Most recently he curated Ruckus, a monthly performance series that featured Queer and Trans artists of color. The work Victor generates feels like a multi-layered tapestry of nostalgia, desire, struggle, and survival. They are, above all, a story-teller, and they’re honored to have you bear witness.

Karen Taylor first started writing queer erotica to attract the attention of BDSM author Laura Antoniou, in the hopes of getting a hot date. The tactic worked; they celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary last fall. Karen’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently in “Leather Ever After,” edited by Sassafras Lowrey, “The Love That Never Dies: Erotic Encounters with the Undead,” edited by M. Christian, and the upcoming “She Who Must Be Obeyed: Femme Dominant Lesbian Erotica.” She’ll be reading an excerpt from her piece in “First Person Queer: Who We Are So Far,” a Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology of first-person queer experience, edited by Lawrence Schimel and Richard Labonte.

Nayland Blake is an artist, educator and instigator. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, SFMoMA, and many others. He has taught and lectured on art queer topics at numerous schools including Harvard, Yale, Bard College, The San Francisco Art Institute and The New School. In 1995 he co-curated “In A Different Light” the first major museum exhibition to examine the impact of Queer Art and Artists in the 20th Century. In 2005 he was named International Pipe Bear.

Co-curated and co-hosted by Queer Memoir co-founder (whoa that’s a lot of co!) Kelli Dunham; Kelli Dunham is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer comic; Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queers of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. She was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is a registered nurse and the author of five books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Kelli’s fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection is humorous essays that none other than lesbian comedy godmother Kate Clinton called “laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” is just out from Topside Press and caused author Barbara Carellas to give Kelli the moniker “the David Sedaris of the genderqueer dyke world”

Kelli has three released four comedy CDs: “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” “Almost Pretty” “Why Is the Fat One Always Angry”  and “Trigger Warning” all which are on regular rotation on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Rawdog Comedy Station and Pandora’s Margaret Cho Comedy Station.

Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in Twist Magazine (known as Tiger Beat’s little sister magazine), on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even an ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.

Next event? Sunday August 10th at 3.30 Queer Memoir: WHAT I READ THAT SUMMER also at BPC. 

Coming soon: Queer Memoir NYC Apartment

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So here’s the dealio: a year ago we had accidentally had a Queer Memoir based in a New York apartment because Hurricane Sandy knocked out the power to all of Manhattan, including the venue where we had planned to do Queer Memoir: AWKWARD. Well Kelli asked the queers on facebook if they’d like to have a replacement Queer Memoir in her apartment the response was immediate and enthusiastic YES YES YES YES! So every year in October we’ll be having a Queer Memoir in a NYC apartment. Our first one is in the group house called Queer Study Hall Library Remix. It’s happening Saturday October 26th at 8 pm and the theme is, no surprise here, QUEER MEMOIR: NYC APARTMENT.

We’re still in the process of booking storytellers, but rumor has it that there will be a duet of storytellers using a flannelgraph to craft their narrative.

The important details

Queer Memoir: NYC Apartment

Saturday October 28th at 8 pm

Queer Study Hall II  15 Westminster Road Apt 2K BK NY 11218

Catch all the up to the minute details on the facebook event.

Queer Memoir 50+ (with intergenerational speed friending!)

QUEER MEMOIR 50 PLUS 2 PT 0Queer Memoir is New York’s community based LGBT storytelling multi-venue series. This month’s theme is 50+ guest and this special event is being curated by Ryn Hodez and Stephanie Schroeder.

In addition to our storytelling, we’re adding something very special to this event: intergenerational speed friending, where LGBT people of one age can meet LGBT of a much different age, with the hopes of starting some lifelong friendships!

THE MOST IMPORTANT DETAILS

Queer Memoir 50+ YWCA OF BROOKLYN
30 THIRD AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY
SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH AT 5 PM
LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING AND GET LAST MINUTE DETAILS ON OUR FACEBOOK EVENT.

WITH OUR STORYTELLERS: (BIOS BELOW)

DOMINIC AMBROSE
LISA E DAVIS
RYN HODES
CARY ALAN JOHNSON
BRENDA JONES
EVA KOLLISCH
NAOMI REPLANSKY
NANCY RODRIGO
STEPHANIE SHROEDER
CHE VILLANUEVA

PLUS INTERGENERATIONAL SPEED FRIENDING!

DOMINIC AMBROSE was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1950. He is the author of two gay themed novels Nickel Fare, set in New York City in the 1970s and The Shriek and the Rattle of Trains, set in Romania in the 1990s. During his lifetime he has spent 14 years in Europe, living and working in such places as Berlin, Bucharest, Trieste and Paris. However, no matter where he has lived, he has always felt a member of the New York community and a part of its invisible diaspora. Presently, he lives in Staten Island, just above the harbor, and is dedicated to his writing and photography, and to working with other lgbt writers on memoir projects.

LISA E. DAVIS has lived in Greenwich Village for many years and loves to write about it. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, she worked for years in SUNY and CUNY, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU. Her essays in North American, Latin American and European journals, and lectures in the US and abroad, explored diverse topics. Lately, her writing has appeared in anthologies and periodicals dedicated to LGBTQ culture, i.e., “The Butch as Drag Artiste: Greenwich Village in the Roaring Forties” in “The Persistent Desire. A Femme-Butch Reader” (Alyson, 1992), “Camp Good News,” in “Early Embraces II” (Alyson, 1999), and “Chagrin d’Amour,” in “Gazebo Connection” (Vancouver, BC, 2006). Her historical novel Under the Mink (Alyson, 2001), about drag queens and kings who worked in Village mafia-owned nightclubs of the 1940s, grew out of her long-time friendship with many of them. Her latest project is a non-fiction book with the working title The FBI’s Lesbian: Angela Calomiris in the American Communist Party, the true story of a notorious Village lesbian who worked undercover for the FBI in the CPUSA and testified at the first federal trial (1949) of the Party leadership.

RYN HODES is a late-blooming 56-year old Femme, third-generation New York lefty Jew, mother, lover, domestic violence advocate, martial artist, teacher, and survivor. She has been writing a memoir for ten years, and sends much appreciation to her writer’s group –Anne, Ilana, Judy, and Danielle.

CARY ALAN JOHNSON is an author and human rights activist, born and raised in Brooklyn. Cary has been active in LGBTQ politics since 1975, when at the age of 15 he joined Gay Youth of NYC. During the eighties he was instrumental in the founding of the Committee of Black Gay Men (CBGM), the Blackheart Collective, Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and Other Countries: Black Gay Expressions. Cary’s work has appeared in Other Countries, the Road Before Us, the Greatest Taboo, In this Village, Gay Travels, the James White Review, the Agni Review, Changing Men, and Joseph Beam’s Brother to Brother. He is currently at work on a memoir.

BRENDA JONES has been a member of The Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn, NY since 1981, where she has been a student, volunteer, board member, karate and self-defense instructor, staff member, and member of various committees and anti-oppression groups. Currently, she is a senior self-defense instructor with “Power, Action, Change for Teens,” as well asworking at Safe Horizon Brooklyn Community Program. In her not-so-spare time she sews her own clothes, participates in various fat, queer, & POC activist movements and listens to Joe Jackson music (no, not the father of Michael!) while hanging with her cat, Ms. Liberation Jones (aka Libby).

EVA KOLLISCH was born in Vienna and is an American writer, literary scholar and specialist in German, as well as pacifist and feminist. In July 1939, she fled on a Kindertransport to the UK. In New York, Kollisch was active in the 1940s in the Workers Party. She studied German literature and science at Brooklyn College and later at Columbia University. Then she led, together with Gerda Lerner and Joan Kelly, a course for women’s studies at Sarah Lawrence College where she eventually became a professor and taught English, German, and comparative women literature. Kollisch published her first autobiographical novel in 2000: Girl in Movement. She is the 2012 winner of the Theodor Kramer Prize for her second autobiographical novel, The Ground Under My Feet.

NAOMI REPLANSKY is the author of Ring Song (1952), a nominee for the National Book Award; Twenty-One Poems, Old and New; and The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems, 1934–1994. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including No More Masks!, Against Infinity: An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust; Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies; and Poets of the Non-Existent City: Los Angeles in the McCarthy Era. Replansky’s recent Collected Poems won the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

NANCY RODRIGO: I’m a visual artist, queer, feminist activist, social worker, and mom. My son Jonathan is 28, now. Taking care of my own health has been the focus of my energy since I became permanently disabled in 2001 with the auto immune disorders. I’m happy and grateful for each day. I’m a proud Latina and Jewish-Buddhist butch lesbian, native New Yorker, domestic violence survivor, fierce proponent of universal health care and legalizing marijuana. I live with my partner, Janice and our cat Molly.

STEPHANIE SCHROEDER is a lesbian-feminist writer and activist based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. Her work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation as well as Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Hot & Bothered: Short, Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire (volumes 3 & 4) and other erotic anthologies. She was also an original reviewer for Erotic New York: The Best Sex in the City and has an essay included in the 2012 Lambda Literary nominated anthology, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.

CHE VILLANUEVA is the author of Bulletproof Butches and Jessie’s Song. Hys work has also been published in numerous anthologies. Much of hys writing is based on people, places, and situations in hys life. Che is 61 and lives in Philadelphia, PA.

As we celebrate the vibrant lives, stories, and voices of queers over 50, we also acknowledge ageism, ableism, looksism, and other discriminatory ideas and practices that silence elders and often render older LGBTQ individuals and communities invisible.

5-10 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Queer Memoir: WHAT IS TUZ?

We’ve got a brand new venue and a brand new guest curator to help celebrate Queer Memoir’s Three Year Anniversary!

Queer Memoir: What Is Tuz?

Queer Memoir is New York’s community based LGBT storytelling series. In this special Queer Memoir, guest curator Nadia Awad is bringing together storytellers to share around the theme “What is Tuz?”

About Tuz: “tuz”/ طز is an Arabic word that connotes moxie, “go to hell,” “I don’t care,” or “not my rules.” Storytellers will be sharing the meaning of the word as it emerges through their own personal narrative.

Nadia Awad is a filmmaker who accompanied the first solidarity delegation of LGBT people to Palestine in January 2012. Tickets for this special Queer Memoir are 15 bucks (email for ticket price exemptions if needed) and proceeds will go to help Nadia finish her film about the delegation.
Here are all the details:
Queer Memoir: What Is Tuz?
Sunday March 10th at 2 pm
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Buy tickets here: tickets include snacks AND an amazing line up of storytellers!

Also check out the facebook event for most up to date info.

More about Queer Memoir:
Even as LGBT characters and “out” celebrities become more common in pop culture and mainstream media, the richness and complexity of real queer lives is still undervalued and often invisible. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.

QUEER MEMOIR: DOCUMENTING QUEER STORIES, CELEBRATING QUEER LIVES