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Living Conditions Vol. II: Benefit for the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

Tue, April 18 '17




ASIYA WADUD's recently completed collection, crosslight for youngbird (forthcoming from Nightboat Books, 2018) largely contains pieces about the refugee crisis sweeping Europe. In the daytime Asiya teaches second grade at Saint Ann's School and in the nighttime she teaches English to recently arrived immigrants. She is also a current Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space writer in residence. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

GEOFFREY OLSEN is the author of two chapbooks (End Notebook and Not of Distends * Address Panicked)​. With writers Lyric Hunter and Sade LaNay, he collaboratively wrote and performed the piece Tect Heart ​​at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange​ in March​. He lives in Brooklyn and is a student in the Pratt MFA in Writing.

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Living Conditions is a series of readings by radical poets and performers to benefit organizations providing relief to folks in perilous positions due to our political climate. Living Conditions hopes to start a conversation which both interrupts liberal progressivism and envisions alternate networks for more bearable life.

Hosted by Phoebe Glick and Bayley Blaisdell, who are two snails trying to navigate the planet.

Entry sliding scale $5-25 to benefit QDEP. No one turned away for lack of funds.

More about QDEP :

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project assists folks coming out of immigration detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services. We work to organize around the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQI detainee/undocumented folks face related to their immigration status, race, sexuality, and gender expression/ identity. We are committed to assisting folks in building lives outside of detention, to breaking down the barriers that prevent folks from building fulfilling and strong lives, and to keeping queer families together by demanding an end to deportations/ detention/ policing. We believe in creating a narrative of thriving, not just surviving.