March 25th Ruckus Details!

20 Mar

Hello friends and family!

I’m thrilled and excited to announce the lineup and details for this month’s Ruckus. Please make sure to RSVP here:

Ruckus is a reading and performance series that features the work of Queer and Trans artists of color.  This month’s event is this coming FRIDAY, March 25th (*please note that unlike previous months, the event is now on Friday night).

Details: Friday, March 25th, 7pm. Ruckus takes place at Bluestockings Bookstore, located at 172 Allen Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan (F to 2nd Ave). There’s a $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

This month’s lineup brings a fantastic array of literary performance and includes: Saida Agostini,  Melanie Brown , Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Amir Rabiyah, and Ashley Young.  A truly amazing lineup for what promises to be a truly amazing event; see below for all of the performers’ bios and pics. As always, I can’t wait to see you in the audience. You all keep us going, so please keep coming!

Saida Agostini

M. Saida Agostini is a Black queer love centered poet, social worker and activist. A featured performer at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philly Queer Lit Festival, More than Words and GenderCrash, her work bridges worlds all at once joyfully erotic, raw and unapologetically present. Wild Witness, her first chapbook was released in 2007, and will release her second chapbook Hunger in 2011.

Melanie Brown

Melanie has been writing for as long as she can remember. She writes for release, for therapy, and for those who don’t have a voice. The greatest compliment she ever received was from an audience member who approached her and said “you say what people want to say- but can’t.” Heavily influenced by the grace and sincerity of Suheir Hammad’s love poems: Melanie’s work has been called raw, passionate, and brutally honest. She grew up in the suburbs just outside of NYC and has been living in Manhattan since 2001.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright and actress who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has self-published three collections of poetry, toured nationally and performed in over 30 u.s. cities. She was interviewed by and is a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. Her one woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}, debuted in May 2009 in New York City. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who produced 3 solo art exhibitions in last year.  For more information about her work & future performances please visit Her performative work can be found at:

Amir Rabiyah

Amir Rabiyah lives in Oakland, California. He has performed and read his poetry, fiction and non-fiction all over the US. Amir has been published in Mizna, Riffrag, Tea Party Magazine, the Kearny Street Workshop’s anthology: I Saw My Ex at a Party, Left Turn Magazine and Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.  He was a finalist in Cutthroat Magazine’s 2008 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest. He featured with the Men’s Story Project at UC Berkeley, a performance and dialogue performance project which explores and deconstructs social ideas about masculinity.

Ashley Young

Ashley is a black poly kinky feminist queer dyke; poet, playwright, non-fiction writer and teaching artist. She earned a BA in Multicultural Education and Theater from Hampshire College, a hippy school in Amherst, Massachusetts. There she wrote and produced her first play “The Hair Project: Our Hair Stories”, a collection of performance poems and monologues about African American women’s hair. Since she graduated in ’09, she has taught creative writing, art and poetry workshops in public schools in Massachusetts, South Africa and Washington, DC. Under the name Indigo, Ashley writes a column on Polyamory for Fearless Press, an online magazine about relationships and sexuality, and will be a featured writer in “Perverts of Color” alongside her partner Sara Vibes. She writes a blog called Indigo’s Theory about her journey through sexuality, Polyamory and womanhood. She works as the Education Program Assistant at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and assists with the Junior Scholar Program, a black studies program for students ages 11 to 18. She is currently working on her memoir and an online writing project called “brown girl love”. She lives in the Village with her partner and their four cats.


One Response to “March 25th Ruckus Details!”


  1. Events this weekend! « ruckusarts - March 24, 2011

    […] Get this weekend started right with amazing performances at Friday night’s (3/25/11) Ruckus! We’re starting at 7pm at Bluestockings. There’s a $5 suggested donation, but no one will ever be turned away. We’ve got an amazing line-up and a helluva show planned for you this month. Get more details about the show and performers and a link to RSVP here. […]

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