Special Events Spring 2012

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Rainbow Book Fair Kickoff – Assaracus: A
Celebration of Gay Poetry To kick off the
Rainbow Book Fair, CLAGS and Sibling Rivalry
Press presented poets from the first six issues of
Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry—the world’s
only print journal dedicated to the gay poet.
Poets read together, legend alongside rising star;
established artist next to emerging artist. The
event showcased the collective voices of some
of gay poetry’s brightest contemporary writers in
one place, at one time, and featured the launch
of Assaracus: Issue 06.
Endowed Lecture: Scenes from a Jamaican
Childhood Thomas Glave (SUNY Binghamton)
gave the 2011 Audre Lorde/Essex Hemphill
Memorial Lecture. This lecture is meant to commemorate
the lives of the American poets Audre
Lorde (1934 -1992) and Essex Hemphill (1957
-1995), as well as encourage exciting scholarship
and literary production within the communities to
whom their poetry and prose spoke. Co-sponsored
by CLAGS, the CUNY Center for the Humanities, and
the NYPL.
Retro(Per)spectives: Alisa Solomon and Split
Britches in Conversation Renowned queer
performance group Split Britches were honored
as the recipients of the Edwin Booth Award,
bestowed each year to an individual or organization
who has made a substantial contribution to
American theatre and performance in New York.
CLAGS hosted a panel discussion with renowned
theatre scholar and journalist Alisa Solomon
(and past CLAGS Executive Director) and Peggy
Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches in order
to discuss the impact of their past work and
their continual influence on queer performance
across the globe. Co-sponsored by CLAGS, the
Doctoral Theatre Student’s Association (DTSA), the
Doctoral Student’s Association, and Mise en Scene.