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*Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Feature Writers: Karina Vahitova & Caroline Moyer

Karina Vahitova is rewriting many things. She is currently working on her first book of lyrical theory about female queerness, violence and women in the Soviet Union.

Caroline Moyer writes about sound, identity and women. She is interested in feminist approaches and applications of the female voice.

$5 suggested donation This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria Repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side.

No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality

This book release event for No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality (out this month from AK Press) will feature a performance by Mahina Movement, followed by a conversation on how the savior mentality gets in the way of liberation movements, from Palestine to Occupy Wall Street, featuring Lamis Deek, Amin Husain and Jordan Flaherty.

See more about No More Heroes at jordanflaherty.org/saviors.

BIOS:
Mahina Movement is the phenomenal woman performance group who combine art, poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Mahina Movement’s extraordinary melodies tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with courage, strength and awareness of human struggle and connection. 3 voices and one guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan simmered with indigenous roots and culture. Mahina Movement’s rare sound and vision not only creates a raw, fierce artistic “movement” combining traditional and contemporary poetry, music, painting, theater, and ritual but also, Mahina Movement is constantly generating a strong, steady “movement” for community—consisting of radical love, unstoppable activism and ruthless compassion.

Author Reading of The Autonomous Life? Paradoxes of Hierarchy and Authority in the Squatters Movement in Amsterdam

The Autonomous Life? is an ethnography of the squatters’ movement in Amsterdam written by Nazima Kadir, an anthropologist who lived and worked in a squatters’ community for over three years. During that timesheI resided as a squatter in four different houses, worked on two successful anti-gentrification campaigns, was evicted from two houses and jailed once. With this unique perspective, she systematically examines the contradiction between what people say and what they practice in a highly ideological radical left community.

Black Pussy: A Racialized Revelation

A personal essay on selling pussy while being Black: When a upper middle class White woman hires you to sleep with her Black husband for “healing” not having the proper tools to prevent harm can lead to destruction & self awareness.

Dyke Knitting Circle

Come in & knit, make new friends drink some tea, and learn a craft at a self-help and member-led group. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of queer experience and all levels of knitting proficiency. Bring yarn and needles. Join us any third Sunday of the month!

organizer:
Ann Eugenia Volkes
445 E. 14th St #MF
New York, NY 10009
212-979-5951 / 917-837-4328
urbanheart@aol.com

Death Cafe

Death Cafe is a place to wonder together about the mystery and meaning of life and to discuss death comfortably and openly, a free-wheeling, self-facilitated conversation around death and dying, inevitably touching upon life and living. Death Cafe is not a bereavement group. Snacks will be provided and as a thank you to Bluestockings participants are encouraged to enjoy a beverage from the Bluestockings Cafe. The first Death Cafe was held in London in 2011. Depending on the number of people that participate, you will meet in groups of 3-4 and talk about whatever compels you about death and dying. It is asked that people participate with an open mind and spirit, respect all points of view, and speak and listen with no agenda, objective, or themes.

Death Cafe

Death Cafe is a place to wonder together about the mystery and meaning of life and to discuss death comfortably and openly, a free-wheeling, self-facilitated conversation around death and dying, inevitably touching upon life and living. Death Cafe is not a bereavement group. Snacks will be provided and as a thank you to Bluestockings participants are encouraged to enjoy a beverage from the Bluestockings Cafe. The first Death Cafe was held in London in 2011. Depending on the number of people that participate, you will meet in groups of 3-4 and talk about whatever compels you about death and dying. It is asked that people participate with an open mind and spirit, respect all points of view, and speak and listen with no agenda, objective, or themes.

Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine

Boston-based physician Alice Rothchild has been leading health-and-human-rights delegations to Palestine and Israel since 2003, and is undertaking the latest such mission in January– including a trip to Gaza. Her book Condition Critical: Life and death in Israel/Palestine explores the health situation of all the oppressed communities of the area controlled by Israel and paints a uniquely intimate portrait of the lives of members of these communities and the harms the Israeli government’s brutality has inflicted on them.

La Brujas Club Gathering

La Brujas Club is a mystical society that empowers women. We believe in the power of intuition and bringing women of all backgrounds together under one room to share literature and connect on a spiritual level.

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

WOMEN’S/TRANS’ POETRY JAM & OPEN MIKE Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side—the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more information.

Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Feature Writers: Hilary Lustick & Roxanne Hoffman
Hilary Lustick’s poems cover themes of love, loss, and selfhood in the digital age.
Roxanne Hoffman will be reading from a new sequence of poems riffing classic fairy tales and some other new works

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism with L.A. Kauffman

What happened to the American left after the Sixties? This engrossing account traces the evolution of disruptive protest over the last 40 years to tell a larger story about the reshaping of American radicalism, showing how the direct-action blockades, occupations, and campaigns of recent activist movements have functioned as laboratories for political experimentation and renewal.

As Kauffman, a longtime movement insider, examines how groups from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used direct action to catalyze change against long odds, she details the profound influence of feminism and queerness on radical political practice and how enduring divisions of race have shaped the landscape of activism. Written with nuance and humor, and revealing deep connections between movements usually viewed in isolation, Direct Action is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how protest movements erupt — and how they can succeed.

Comedy Cunt Collective

An evening featuring marginalized comedians from various communities each performing and sharing their own life experiences using comedy as a medium. Hosted by Arti Gollapudi this night will feature a diverse line up of stand up comedians, writers, character actors, etc in hopes to inspire dialogue about representation and build connections.

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

WOMEN’S/TRANS’ POETRY JAM & OPEN MIKE Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side—the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more information.

Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Radical Educators Book Club

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Radical Educators Book Club

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Radical Educators Book Club

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Radical Educators Book Club

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Radical Educators Book Club

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Badass Teachers Unite by Mark Naison

Guided Journaling: Leda Rafanelli’s Mystic Feminism and Feminility

Bruna Leda Rafanelli (1880-1971) was an Italian writer, editor, and publisher. An outspoken anarchist, Rafanelli conformed to neither customary nor radical conventions in her perspectives on sexuality and spirituality. Her published and unpublished work reflects an evolving inquiry into the essence of womanhood and femininity. During this event, we will use translated excerpts of Leda’s work to springboard journaling and discussion on theosophic, transnational, and spiritual approaches to women’s liberation.

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

WOMEN’S/TRANS’ POETRY JAM & OPEN MIKE Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side—the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more information.

Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Feature Writers: Hilary Sideris & Rosalie Calabrese

Hillary Sideris writes about encounters on trains and elevators, in check-out lines and baggage claims, interactions with my fellow humans and their works, exchanges both alienating and uplifting.

Rosalie Calabrese’s major themes are family and other relationships, travel, and social commentary. Her poems, being somewhat confessional, often contain a mix or more of the above.