NYC BOUGH BREAKS Launch and Gender Outlaws Reading Party, February 27
Fabulous writings and performances by queer and transgender writers, poets, activists, and thinkers:
* cory schmanke parrish, contributing author to Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and bookkeeper for the revolution
* Doyin Ola, Brooklyn-based Nigerian queer transfag activist, feminist and gender liberationist
* Kian Goh, architect and author of "Queerspace: Homeless LGBT Youth and a New Architectural Activism"
* Kit Yan, award-winning slam poet recently featured on featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud
* Tamiko Beyer, poet and educator, author of bough breaks and contributing author to Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
* Victor Tobar, curator of Ruckus, a queer and trans people of color art and performance series
Admission is free, so are the cupcakes, so come early!
About bough breaks
The poetic sequence bough breaks sets out to interrogate queer motherhood, implications of gender, and the politics of adoption. Traveling across terrains (New York, Bangkok, Honolulu, Tokyo) and time (from the speaker’s childhood to an imagined future that holds or does not hold an adopted child) the poem teases apart the idea of "conception." Queer in content and form, this fiercely feminist yet tenderly personal poem takes on the lullaby-lyric of parenthood to lay claim, surprise, and engage.
About Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
In the fifteen years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream. Today's transpeople, genderqueers, and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers.
About the readers and performers
A former organizer, cory scmanke parrish works as a bookkeeper for the revolution, helping to keep New York City social justice organizations financially sound. parrish strives to write poems that are unflinchingly honest explorations of issues such as gender, white privilege, and our current political context, and also strives to make people laugh as often as possible.
Doyin Ola is a Brooklyn-based Nigerian queer transfag activist, feminist and gender liberationist of Edo and Yoruba descent. He organized with the Audre Lorde Project's TranJustice and Immigrant Rights Work Groups for years. He has also worked as the project coordinator of the Welfare Organizing Project of Queers for Economic Justice; school/community organizer for Make the Road New York and Bushwick Community High School; and with Uhuru-Wazobia and Liberation for All Africans, two organizations focused on the human rights and social justice movements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Africans, both in the diaspora and on the continent. As a published writer, his pieces have appeared in blogs like Black Public Media, the Trans Atlantic Times, and anthologies, such as Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. He writes to make sense of the world and explore realities his community constructs and has to contend with.
Kian Goh, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect, educator, and community activist. She is a partner of SUPER-INTERESTING! - a multidisciplinary architecture, design, and sustainability consulting practice. Previously, she worked with Weiss/Manfredi in New York City, and with MVRDV in Rotterdam. She teaches design and sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and serves on the board of directors of the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for LGBT people of color. Kian received a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the HI Feldman and James Gamble Rogers prizes. super-interesting.com
Recently Featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud, Kit Yan tells stories through slam poetry from the lens of a transgender Asian American from Hawaii now lost in the big city of New York. Kit’s work has been taught at universities coast to coast, from San Francisco State to Harvard. He spoke to over 200,000 from the stage of the 2009 National Equality March alongside Lady Gaga and Cynthia Nixon, performed on the San Francisco Pride mainstage, Creating Change, and is a nationally ranking slam poet. Kit Yan is first ever and reigning Mr. Transman 2010. www.kityanpoet.com
Tamiko Beyer is a poet, writer, and educator based in New York City. She is the author bough breaks, the poetry editor of Drunken Boat, and a freelance writer. Her poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from DIAGRAM, H_ngm_n, Anti-, and elsewhere. She leads creative writing workshop for at-risk youth and other community groups, is a mentor with Girls Write Now, and a founding member (along with cory scmanke parrish) of Agent 409 - a queer writing collective in New York City. wonderinghome.com
Victor Tobar is a Queer Latino transguy, writer, performer and activist born and raised in New York City. As part of Mangos with Chili, he has toured the northeast and Canada sharing stories steeped in nostalgia, New York grit, and dreams. Currently, Victor curates "Ruckus", a monthly reading and performance series that features Queer and Trans artists of color, seeking to create community and visibility in the New York art scene. His pieces weave tangible images, fantasy, and raw emotional footage in an attempt to portray life in the underneath of the city. scenic-overlook.blogspot.com