Ruckus opening night!

25 Jan

We’re thrilled to invite you to the opening night of Ruckus: a monthly reading and performance series featuring Queer and Trans artists of color. Our first installation will take place on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 7pm at Bluestockings (172 Allen Street, NYC). The lineup is incredible! See below for performer bios and photos:

Franky and the MoMos:

Franky and the MoMos, well beyond angsty in years and beyond angsty, was born out of the wetlands of La Florida. Although she yearns for the warmth of childhood off the coast and glades, she resides in New York out of pure gay necessity. It is a terrible, terrible thing we’ve let happen. Listen to Franky and the MoMos here:

Ignacio Rivera:
Ignacio Rivera identifies as a Queer, gender-fluid, polyamorous, kinky, Black-Boricua. Ignacio is a descendant of colonized and uprooted Taíno and African slaves. Ignacio’s people are from Borikén, also known as Puerto Rico. Ignacio, who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” is a lecturer, activist, filmmaker, sex educator, and performance artist, sharing spoken word, one-person shows, and storytelling internationally. Their work has appeared in ColorLinesEbonyYellow Medicine Review and in their chapbooks, Las Alas, co-authored by Maceo Cabrera Estévez; Ingridients; and Thoughts, Rants and What Some Might Call Poetry. A proud mom of a 20 year-old daughter, Ignacio is the recipient of a Marsha A. Gómez Cultural Heritage Award from LLEGÓ: The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization.
J Mase III:
J. Mase III is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around and creator of two annual performance events called Cupid Ain’t @#$%! and Transfags Taking Over. A Philly based poet, activist and loud mouthed queer, J Mase III is the stuff that dreams are made of! Mixing a finely honed in blend of politics, poetry and spot on raunchy humor, J Mase III’s style is best served with a side order of sass!
kay ulanday barrett:
A CAMPUS PRIDE 2009 Hot List artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a pin@y-amerikan trans/queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Currently based in NY/NJ, with roots in Chicago, K’s work is the perfect mix of gritty city flex and Midwest open sky grounded in homeland soil. In Mango Tribe and in solo work, K. has featured in colleges and stages nationally and internationally; from the NJ Performing Arts Center to Chicago’s Hot House, The Brooklyn Museum to The Loft in Minneapolis, K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. Honors include: Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize 2009, and recently, a contribution in the anthology “Kicked Out” released by Homofactus Press in 2009. K. turns art into action, as a dedicated activist who works with LGBTQ youth and adores remixing recipes. see K online at: and
Shomi Noise:
Shomi Noise is a musician, DJ, zine writer, and a self–proclaimed music nerd. She is heavily influenced by Riot Grrrl, D.I.Y., and Queercore sounds of the 90s and likes to mix these genres up with Southern Crunk music, top 40 pop, electro, house, hip-hop, reggae, and anything else that gets people dancing. Shomi Noise is known for creating interesting and catchy song mashups and has DJed in various different venues throughout New York City. She also currently sings and plays guitar in a queer grrrl punk band and is working on the 4th volume of her zine, which narrates some of her lived experiences based on the intersectionality of culture, race, class, sexuality and punk rock.
Victor Tobar:
Victor Tobar is a Queer Latino andro transguy freak, writer, performer, activist, and arts educator. Born and raised in the Bronx, he now resides in Brooklyn, from where he composes letters to the ghosts of yearning and nostalgia ( He’s been part of the NYC writing and performance scene for the past 12 years. In 2000 he repped New York as part of the Brave New Voices Youth Slam team. He helped developed and mentor QQ&A, a creative writing workshop for Queer and Questioning youth with Urban Word NYC. As part of Mangos with Chili, he’s toured the northeast and Canada. His pieces weave tangible images, fantasy, and raw emotional footage in an attempt to portray life from the underneath of the city.  He is currently proud and humbled to curate “Ruckus”, a monthly reading and performance series that features Queer and Trans artists of color, seeking to create community and visibility in the New York art scene.