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October 27: Office Hours Poetry Reading with Aldrin Valdez, Irene Villaseñor, and Marty Correia

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, New York, New York 10011

DIRECTIONS: F to 14th Street or A/C/E to 14th Street or 1 to 14th Street

Office Hours Poetry Workshop presents: a FREE craft class and reading with author Aldrin Valdez. The craft class takes place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division. A public reading with Aldrin Valdez, Irene Villaseñor, and Jimena Lucero will follow from 1:30 PM-2:30 PM. Office Hours Poetry Workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. The workshop culminates in a public reading each fall and spring to showcase sizzling new work. We welcome all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are woman-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia. ALDRIN VALDEZ is a Pinoy writer and visual artist whose debut poetry collection ESL or You Weren't Here (Nightboat Books) is available October 2018. They grew up in Manila and Long Island and currently live in Brooklyn. Aldrin has been awarded fellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship and Poets House. Their poetry & visual art appear in The Felt, Femmescapes, Nat Brut, Poor Claudia, and The Recluse. Aldrin has also presented work at Dixon Place, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Poetry Project. Collaborating with writer & organizer Ted Kerr, Aldrin co-organized Foundational Sharing (2011-2015), a salon series of readings, performances, & visual art. Most recently, they've co-curated two seasons of the Segue Reading Series with fellow poet Joël Díaz. MARTY CORREIA writes fiction and poetry in the East Village where she has lived with conceptual artist Kate Conroy since 1996. Marty’s work has appeared in several publications including The Mailer Review, FUSE, Punk Soul Poet, Lady Business(Sibling Rivalry Press) and Flock. She ran the Wicked Queer Authors literary series at Dixon Place and the Grammarians Toast Paul Violi memorial event. The New York Department of Cultural Affairs funded Marty to produce her NYC reading series. As a writing coach and manuscript adviser Marty helps writers dig deep and do their best work. Artists who have most influenced Marty are James Baldwin, Agnes Martin, Led Zeppelin, José Saramago and Gitta Sereny. A graduate of NYU’s creative writing MFA program, Marty recently finished Brickbat, a novel set in Bridgeport, CT and Coney Island, NY that spans from the days of P.T. Barnum to 1986. Marty is represented by the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. IRENE VILLASEÑOR is a fourth gender Tornatrás Mestizx multidisciplinary artist. She’s pursuing a MFA in Art Writing and Art Criticism at the School of Visual Arts to work on a manuscript about contemporary Indigenous art. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books (Fall 2018), VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (May 2018), Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (May 2018), and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought (Fall 2010). She was recently interviewed for the book It's Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity and the Power of Transformative Teaching by Steve Goodman (June 2018). Irene was part of the team at American Documentary | P.O.V. that received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. She's also received the Catalog for Giving’s Urban Hero Award and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Women We Love, Women We Honor Award. Irene is currently developing an artist book project on Filipinx identity and is an editor at Mortar Magazine.

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