Author Archives: Cheryl B.

Queer Memoir: Sober

It’s almost here!  So excited for this show.

Queer Memoir: Sober
July 24, 8pm
QEJ Perormance Space
147 West 24th Street, 4th floor
$5 suggested donation (no one turned away)

Guest curator and host Cheryl B. presents the sober-themed edition of NYC’s premier queer storysharing show, Queer Memoir, starring:
Joshua Bastian Cole
Cora Leighton
Katie Liederman
Melissa Febos
Sophia Pazos
Tina Goerlach

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About the storytellers:

Cora Leighton recently moved to Brooklyn from Philadelphia. She is a resistant performer who writes and performs about bodies, queer identity, and community. She was recently named one of 1812 Productions’ Solo Performance Residents and will be performing at the Queer Bodies Event in Philadelphia in the next few months. Check out her website for more

Joshua Bastian Cole is a femme FTM stage and screen actor, writer, and playwright who has been featured in such publications as Out Magazine, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, London Metro, and the syndicated column: Trans Nation.  He has been seen in leading roles in films including Jules Rosskam’s ‘against a trans narrative’ and the staged reading of Tom Leger’s play White Boys in Paradise.  Cole has been published in the anthologies: Trans Forming Families, Beyond Masculinity, and Femmethology.  He is currently developing two new projects: a play called The Course and a musical called Now Serving.  Cole is an alumnus of James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance and next month, he will begin Brooklyn College’s graduate program in theatre history and criticism.  He wants to be a dancer.

Katie Liederman has written for Nerve, GO, Curve, Rap-Up, Velvetpark, Penthouse Forum, V, V Man, Lumina,, The Archive, and was a resident blogger on Showtime’s She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She was born and raised in New York City.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, WHIP SMART (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press), which Kirkus Reviews said, “Expertly captures grace within depravity.” She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the cover of the NY Post, among many other national publications.  Her writing has been published in venues such as Hunger Mountain, The Southeast Review, Redivider, The Rambler, Storyscape Journal, The Huffington Post, The New York Times online, Bitch Magazine, and on The Nervous Breakdown, where she regularly blogs.  She co-curates and hosts the Mixer Reading and Music Series at Cake Shop, teaches at SUNY Purchase College, The Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and NYU, and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.  This summer, she will be a McDowell Colony fellow. She lives in Brooklyn. More information about her work and projects can be found at

Sophia Pazos is a thirtysomething married woman who will not age gracefully anytime in the near future and will go kicking and screaming into that good night. Her mild mannered social worker persona is a useful cover for her other selves: Queer Latina femme, foul mouthed recovering addict and alcoholic, liberal leftist carnivore, snarky Scorpio, church deacon and Sunday School co-leader. When not playing on her blog, twitter, facebook, or foursquare Sophia enjoys reading books from the library, knitting bad looking scarves, makeup shopping, Tarot Cards, showing as much cleavage as possible and being the token lesbian fag hag at NYC AA meetings.

Terence is a femme ally and a tomboy pirate. She writes plays, tells stories, and contributes to Curve Magazine and Best Lesbian Erotica. She has two heroes: The first is Cotton Mather the Puritan Minister who railed against idle hands and, the second is Tom Hodgkinson, the Brit author of “How to Be Idle” and “The Freedom Manifesto” who promotes idleness as a virtue. You will often find Terence taking a nap, staring into space or pondering what Cotton Mather would do when faced with a 30-lbs load of laundry. Terence likes her drinks virginal and her women sultry and bookish.She loves participating in Queer Memoir and thanks Cheryl, Kelli, and Genne.

Tina Goerlach is a twenty-four year old artist, focusing specifically on abstract oil paint and writing poetry. In her words, “I love who I am, I love being a lesbian and I love to create. I have been clean for almost two years and actively participate in doing what I can to give back.  I go to Tyler school of Art.  My major is painting and soon to be art education.  Recovery is my new found life.”


Sideshow: Freak Flag – July 13th

Not only do we have a super hot new postcard (thanks to Sinclair’s fabulous design and Syd London’s amazing photography), but we are also celebrating Freak Flag Day with some incredible writers.

Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival
Hosted by Cheryl B. & Sinclair Sexsmith
July 13 @ Phoenix
447 East 13th Street @ Avenue A
Doors, 7:30pm. Reading, 8pm.


This month’s theme is FREAK FLAG, starring:
Sassafras Lowrey (Kicked Out)
Vittoria repetto (Not Just a Personal Ad)
Thad Rutkowski (Tetched)
Charlie Vazquez (Contraband)

Sassafras Lowrey is an international award winning author, artist and storyteller. Ze is a genderqueer identified high femme with a complicated gender history.  Sassafras  is the editor of the ‘Kicked Out’ anthology which brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth, and hir stories have been published in numerous anthologies including: Visible: a Femmethology, Gendered Hearts, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generations.  Ze teaches storytelling workshops at colleges, conferences, and community centers across the country. You can learn more about Sassafras online at

Vittoria repetto has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies such as Mudfish, Voices in Italian Americana, Rattle, Lips, The Paterson Literary Review, Italian Americana, Unsettling American: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, Identity Lessons: Learning American Style, The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food & Culture among others.; In 1995, she published a chapbook entitled Head For the Van Wyck (Monkey Cat Press) and in 2006, Guernica Editions published her first full length poetry book, Not Just A Personal Ad; one of her reviewers noted” “Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.” Vittoria repetto is the vice president of the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) and the editor of the monthly newsletter. She has been hosting the Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of two innovative novels and has read his work widely—recently in Hong Kong, Paris and Budapest. He is a one-time winner of the Nuyorican Friday slam, the Poetry vs. Comedy slam, and the Syracuse slam. He teaches fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA and world literature at City University.

Charlie Vázquez is a radical writer of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. His fiction and essays have been published in anthologies such as Queer and Catholic (Taylor & Francis, 2007) and Best Gay Love Stories: NYC (Alyson, 2006). His writing has also appeared in print and online publications such as The Advocate, Chelsea Clinton News, New York Press, and Ganymede Journal. Charlie hosts a queer monthly reading series called PANIC! at Nowhere in the East Village, which focuses on original fiction and poetry. He’s a former contributor to the Village Voice’s Naked City blog and a retired experimental musician and photographer. His second novel Contraband was published by Rebel Satori Press in April 2010, and his third, Corazón, is wrapping up for future publication.

I’m guest-curating Queer Memoir: Sober to take place in NYC on July 24th.

I have a few spots left for sober LGBT writers, poets, storytellers, performers, other folks to tell their stories at NYC’s queer storysharing event, Queer Memoir.

If you’re interested, please check out the submission guidelines and send along a paragraph or two describing the story you’d like to tell that night.  Email: queermemoir at gmail  com or cherylbnyc  at gmail com with Queer Memoir:Sober in the subject line.

Lambda Literary Awards

I had the honor of presenting the Bisexual Fiction and Nonfiction categories at the Lambda Literary Awards last Thursday. It was a fabulous, inspiring evening and a great reminder of the amazing impact of queer literature. Plus, there was a tie in the Bisexual Fiction category!

Check out for a full list of winners.

My girlfriend took the pic of me above while I was presenting.

Sideshow: Butch/Femme on June 8th

Sideshow: Butch/Femme on June 8th

Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival
Hosted by Cheryl B. & Sinclair Sexsmith

June 8 @ Phoenix
Doors, 7:30pm. Reading, 8pm.

This month’s theme is BUTCH/FEMME, starring:
Diana Cage
Miriam Perez
Jack Stratton
Teresa Theophano

The Readers:

Diana Cage is the author of several best selling, hilarious and informative books on sex and relationships, including Girl Meets Girl:A Dating Survival Guide and Box Lunch: The Laypersons Guide to Cunnilingus. She’s been called everything from an “unapologetic pioneer,” to “flirty, raunchy and in your face.” Diana’s obsessions include high heels, fashion week, gin martinis, Luce Irigaray and extreme lesbian processing. She’ll pretty much talk about sex with anyone who asks. Look for her most recent book, A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Ecstasy, coming out later this year.

Miriam Zoila Pérez is a writer, blogger and reproductive justice activist. She is the founder of Radical Doula, a blog that lives at the intersections of birth activism and social justice. Pérez is an Editor at and works with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Her writing has appeared in various publications and two recent anthologies: Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape. Pérez lives in Washington DC.

Jack Stratton
is an open minded, sex positive, mostly-straight, mostly-top, non-monogamous, writer, skeptic, foodie, graphic designer and aspiring dandy. He is a native New Yorker who is obsessed with kink, fan fiction, postmodernism, women and ties. He’s hardly been published anywhere, which is a damn shame. He thoughts and work can be found at

Teresa Theophano is a writer, social worker, and community organizer. She is the editor of Queer Quotes, published by Beacon Press in 2004, and of the forthcoming anthology Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Illness. She has also contributed to numerous anthologies and Web sites, including and Planned Parenthood. A former assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press, Teresa now does social work in Harlem with mentally ill homeless adults, and assists with projects at the National LGBT Cancer Network.

Famous Lesbian Comedy Road Show Hosting the Bulldyke Chronicles This Saturday!

May 15, 9pm
Famous Lesbian Comedy Road Show hosts the Bulldyke Chronicles
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, NYC

For one night only, Shelly Mars’ Bulldyke Chronicles is hosted by the Famous Lesbian Comedy Roadshow. Join Elizabeth Whitney, Cheryl B., Lea Robinson, Kelli Dunham and special guests for a star studded (with potentially a studly star or two) funny fundraiser for their summer tour.

With special guests Doris Anderson (Executive Director of the Self-identified Lesbian Community Center), comedian Claudia Cogan (, singer/songwriter Athena Reich (, Sinclair Sexsmith (, KS Stevens (a.k.a. Ms. Lez 2009), Heather Milk Gold and Emma Willman plus more to be announced!

Please note this special edition of the Bulldyke Chronicles is asking for a five dollar cover but since this is a fundraiser for the Famous Lesbians for their summer tour, feel free to pay more! We’ll also have some amazing silent auction prizes, and we’ll be doing a 50/raffle as well. So bring that cash with ya!

May 11th Sideshow – “Navel-gazing”

May 11 @ Phoenix
447 East 13th Street @ Avenue A
Doors, 7:30pm. Reading promptly at 8.

Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival
“serious literature for ridiculous times”
Hosted by Cheryl B. & Sinclair Sexsmith

This month’s theme is navel-gazing, starring:
Michael Broder
Audacia Ray
Ignacio Rivera
Jason Schneiderman