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Tuesday Smilie “S.T.A.R.” (2012) (image courtesy the artist via The Brooklyn Museum) ©Tuesday Smilie

In some ways, the world has progressed dramatically in the 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, and in other ways, it hasn’t. We still live in a world undoubtedly marred by hate and injustice targeted toward the LGBTQ community. The upshot is that in the five decades since Stonewall, queer artists, especially during Pride Month, have shown no sign of slowing their creative output and the push for greater understanding around the issues that face their community. To acknowledge that radical history, the nonprofit PEN America and the Brooklyn Museum (in conjunction with its exhibition, Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall) are hosting an evening dedicated to listening to generations of queer poets who have used their words to tell their stories.

According to the museum, the event titled “Riots in Writing” will have “contemporary poets read works by queer elders alongside their own original writing.” It is part of the museum’s annual Summer Salons series co-presented with PEN America, a 97-year-old organization aimed at defending free expression and freedom of speech. Several poets will read work over the span of two hours, including Wo Chan, Denice Frohman, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Meredith Talusan, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Pamela Sneed. The event is free, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Guests who require accommodations such as assistive listening devices or American Sign Language interpretation should email the museum at

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7–9 pm
Where: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York City

Eric Vilas-Boas

Eric Vilas-Boas is the former managing editor of Hyperallergic. He has previously worked at Thrillist, Esquire, SPIN,, and his writing has appeared at Vulture, Slashfilm, Lit Hub, Paste,...