TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
That Time Of The Month. Period. is the theme of the 54th TELL, Co-presented by Brooklyn Performance Space, JACK.
Queer stories and perspectives on queeriods, periods, menstruation and that time of the month.
Featuring stories by Mariam Bazeed, Bloom Davis, Renée Imperato, Evie Litwok, Kiera Nagle, and Kei Williams.
We ask that you arrive with an offering of tampons, pads, panty liners, disposable wipes and any other menstrual hygiene products to be donated to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization that provides community, basic needs, health, education, and career services to LGBTQ youth. There is also a $10 Suggested donation for Hetrick-Martin Institute Inc. and the Bureau.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
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Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online! www.draecampbell.com.
Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian immigrant, writer, and performance artist living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. They have an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam is a current fellow at the Center for Fiction, and a past fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Lambda Literary Foundation. As a performance artist, Mariam has been a fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, and Needing It! by the Helix Performance Network. Mariam’s work has been supported by residencies from Hedgebrook, Marble House Project, the Millay Colony, the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts, and Art Omi. Mariam’s first play, Peace Camp Org, was staged at La Mama Theater, NYC (2017) in the Squirts Festival of Queer Performance Art; the Arcola Theatre, London (2018), in its inaugural festival of International Queer Playwrights; and The Wild Project, NYC (2018), in the Fresh Fruit Festival, and is available in anthology from Oberon Books, UK.
To procrastinate from facing the blank page, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.
Bloom Davis -Bloom is a producer and performer from Austin Texas. You can catch them upside down performing acro drag burlesque, rightside up with their sketch comedy team Boogiemanja, and inside out producing queer and trans events.
Renée Imperato – Renée Imperato is a Stonewall Era Veteran, Chairperson of The SAGE Advisory Council and a member of Peoples Power Assembly.
Evie Litwok is the Founder and Executive Director of Witness to Mass Incarceration (WMI). A non-profit organization devoted to raising public awareness of conditions within the nation’s prisons and ending mass incarceration, WMI uses documentation, leadership development, grassroots organizing and advocacy to make impact.
Litwok left prison homeless, jobless, and penniless in 2014. Despite the lack of resources, she began speaking out about her experiences there and formed WMI in 2015.
Besides catalyzing a national conversation about mass incarceration, WMI works to eliminate sexual violence in prisons and guarantee emergency evacuation of incarcerated people during times of disaster. She also created the Suitcase Project, which gives newly released people essential items such as a mobile phone, laptop computer and gift cards to ease reentry.
A veteran of the women’s and gay rights movements, Litwok puts the voices of formerly imprisoned women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community at the center of the conversation as she works to change their narratives from invisibility and victimization, to empowerment.
Her work has led to a growing network. Litwok is a part of the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group, which meets regularly with the Bureau of Prisons to discuss increasing safety and dignity for LGBTQIA+ prisoners. WMI is also part of the Raising the Bar Coalition and attends regular meetings with the Justice Department’s Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Management Office.
It is her hope that educating the public and developing initiatives will result in policy reform, a radical change in conditions of confinement, and meaningful re-entry.
Litwok formerly worked in the financial industry and holds an MA degree in Psychology from Temple University.
Kiera Nagle, is a queer NY native, artist, writer, educator, and licensed massage therapist. She recognizes her privilege in working with people to facilitate their own healing, which she believes is a body-mind-spirit process, whatever medium it takes. https://meridianmassagenyc.com
Kei Williams is a queer transmasculine identified designer, writer, and public speaker. A founding member and former organizer with Black Lives Matter Global Network, the aims of Kei’s work is to transform global culture from the individual into a systemic analysis of structural racism. As Movement NetLab’s Strategic Network Mobilizer, Kei has helped to develop powerful conceptual and practical tools that facilitate the growth and effectiveness of the most dynamic, emerging social movements of our time.
As lead-organizer on campaigns such as Safety Beyond Policing, Swipe It Forward, and Trans Liberation Tuesday, Kei uses their platform to bring in the voices of those most marginalized by society — those who are queer, gnc, and transgender, and those living with mental illness. Recently, Kei completed their two-year residency at Civic Hall as an Organizer-in-Residency.
Passionate about their city – Kei invites you to check out the Black Gotham Experience, an immersive visual storytelling project that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City since 1625. Kei currently serves as BGX Studio’s Culture Producer & Designer.