May
11
2:00 PM14:00

In the Presence of Absence: Exhibition Closing and Publication Launch

On the last day of In the Presence of Absence, we will mark its passing with a series of readings on the themes of grief and loss. Writers and artists Raha Behnam, Erica Cardwell, TR Ericsson, Michelle García, Diane Mehta, and Jillian Steinhauer will share original work. The event will also celebrate the launch of the exhibition’s accompanying publication, which contains essays by García, Steinhauer, and Jessica Lynne. As at a wake or a shiva call, there will be refreshments and a chance to mingle and reflect.

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Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

"I teach myself in outline": Audre Lorde's Pedagogy

“I teach myself in outline”: Audre Lorde’s Pedagogy
April 9, 2019 - 8pm

Location: Wendy's Subway 
379 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 

“I teach myself in outline” gathers scholars, writers, and educators who have spent time in Audre Lorde's archives and gleaned from it a nuanced picture of her life as a teacher. The wealth of syllabi, lesson plans, course notes and student papers found therein offer an intimate look at this dimension of Lorde's work, which has yet to be studied in greater depth. The event will include readings from the archive as well as an interactive pedagogical activity informed by Lorde's teaching philosophy.   

This event draws from Miriam Atkin and Iemanja Brown’s recently published chapbook, “I teach myself in outline,” Notes, Journals, Syllabi & an Excerpt from Deotha, released in 2018 by the Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Atkin and Brown are joined in conversation by Erica Cardwell, Christina Olivares, and Conor Tomás Reed.

“I teach myself in outline”: Audre Lorde’s Pedagogy is co-sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

NYC Feminist Zine Fest

2:30-3:30pm: POC Zinemaker’s Roundtable
Lead by Pooja Desai, Aurora Diaz, Nadya Agrawal, Mehr Sharma and Erica Cardwell

All POC makers to the front. This roundtable will engage POC zinemakers and programmers in a pay it forward conversation: facilitators will introduce their community work and engage participants in the room about vehicles of support within the POC zine community. The goal is for participants to walk away having identified meaningful partnerships that lead to collaborative relationships after the zinefest. Note: This workshop is meant for POC-identifying folks only.

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Queer Art Film: Black Summers Night 2, Summer in the City
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

Queer Art Film: Black Summers Night 2, Summer in the City

PARIAH
2011. US. 86 min. Directed by Dee Rees.

Groundbreaking for its compelling and unique portrait of a black lesbian coming of age in Brooklyn, PARIAH was the directorial feature debut of Dee Rees (who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for MUDBOUND). The film is not only remarkable for how it addresses topics of identity, freedom, acceptance, and sexuality, but for its depiction of complex relationships within an African American family structure. For tonight’s presenter, writer and Black Lives Matter activist Erica Cardwell, the film “helped to end my dance with shame and really freed something inside of me." Join us for this powerful film with breakout performances by Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans!

Tickets Available, here

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Flux Factory Walk: A Field Guide to Multi-species Migration in Long Island City
May
15
2:00 PM14:00

Flux Factory Walk: A Field Guide to Multi-species Migration in Long Island City

A collaborative project by Thomas Choinacky and Christopher Kennedy, Weedy Resistance, is performative field study to examine and make visible multispecies migration and human-nonhuman relationships in Long Island City, Queens. The project centers and celebrates the knowledge and value of spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds) and other forms of “alien” life as a way to understand Long Island City’s colonial-industrial past and ongoing shifts in climate and urban “development”.

The walk will begin at Flux Factory, as a part of an exhibition and activation of a community garden in Long Island City, Queens called Wilder City.

I'll be joining the discussion as a new Brooklynite, who lived the previous 15 years in the same apartment in Astoria, Queens. 

 

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Poet's House Reading
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poet's House Reading

I'll be reading my new essay "Myriad Selves" about Mark Bradford and the notion of coming as a part of the Borough of Manhattan Community College's Transitions and Transactions IV Conference. 

Image Credit: Mark Bradford- Jheri Now, Curl Later

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