A Tribe Called Butch


Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Tribe Called Butch @ Dixon Place

Featured artists Karen Jaime, Ilsa Jule & Ché Valencia

with ATCB curator, Marty Correia

A free HOT! Festival Event


This event was made possible through funding from VB17 - Venus Biennale 17.


About ATCB

A Tribe Called Butch is a fast and furious literary reading series that features butch-identified writers and artists. Events are planned with an inclusive understanding of what it means to be butch. Curator Marty Correia aims to create community and bring awareness about the butch tribe/community/kin that spans time, place and identities.

Tribe Member Bios

Lolan Buhain Sevilla (pronouns: they/them/their) is a queer butch cultural worker & organizer who strives to root their art in community, study and practice. They have over a decade of cross-sectoral nonprofit Administrative, Development, Event Coordination, and Programmatic experience.  Lolan currently works at the New York City Anti-Violence Project as the Training Coordinator, serves as Co-chair on the Board of Directors for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and is a member of the National Writers Union, Local 1981. They co-founded Kreatibo, a Bay Area-based queer Pin@y Artist Collective, and have been published in Maganda Magazine, The Womanist Journal, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, and TAYO Literary Magazine.Their first chapbook, Translating New Brown, is a collection of poetry and short stories that won the Philippine American Writers & Artists’ Calatagan Award.  Lolan is also co-editor of Walang Hiya …Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, and was awarded a 2012 Writing Residency at Hedgebrook.

Marty Correia writes fiction and poetry in the East Village where she has lived with conceptual artist Kate Conroy for twenty years. Marty’s work has appeared in several publications including The Mailer Review, FUSE, Punk Soul Poet, Lady Business (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Fiction Fix. She reads her work often at NYC venues and ran the Wicked Queer Authors literary series at Dixon Place. The New York Department of Cultural Affairs funded Marty to produce the 2016-2017 reading series A Tribe Called Butch. A graduate of NYU’s creative writing MFA program, she recently finished Brickbat, a novel set in Bridgeport, CT and Coney Island, NY that spans from the days of P.T. Barnum to 1986. Marty is now at work on her next book about a widowed hoarder, a queer lounge singer and a hairless cat.

Karen Jaime (Ph.D., Performance Studies, NYU) is Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Latina/o Studies at Cornell University. Jaime is also an accomplished spoken word/performance artist who served as the host/curator for the Friday Night Slam at the world-renowned Nuyorican Poets Café, participated in the spoken word documentary Spit!, and was featured in the Emmy-award winning CUNY-TV program Nueva York, a show focusing on the different aspects of Latin@ culture in New York City. Jaime’s current monograph, The Queer Loisaida: Language and Performance at the Nuyorican Poets Café, argues for a reexamination of the Nuyorican Poets Café as a historically queer space, both in terms of sexualities and performance practices. Jaime has published in: Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, e-Misférica, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, and in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. In addition, Jaime’s poetry is included in: The Best of Panic! En Vivo From the East Village, Flicker and Spark: A Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, and in a special issue of Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal, “Out Latina Lesbians.”

Heather Lynn Johnson is a writer, photographer, performance artist and poet, living in New York. Her work is characterized by its lyricism and cultural critique. Through the use of imagery and the written word, Johnson explores being other-ed in a consumerist society by mining the history of gender, sexuality, and the racialized body. Johnson received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Columbia College Chicago both in Photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and most recently at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's exhibition of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem i found god in myself.

Ilsa Jule emerged as a story teller and performer in 2016 after 18 years of hiding in corporate America. In the early 1990s you might have seen Ilsa Jule “crossdressed” on Geraldo, The Joan Rivers Show, or Real Personal. In the late ’90s you might’ve read one of her stories in anthologies of lesbian erotica or seen her in a video for the Magnetic Fields. She is grateful to Marty Correia for the invitation to share the stage with A Tribe Called Butch and delighted to promote the awesomeness and rarity that is butch.

Afua Kafi-Akua has worked as a museum professional, media producer, media professor and distribution executive for two decades at many cutting edge independent media companies including Women Make Movies, The Cinema Guild, Antenna Audio and Third World Newsreel. She is currently a distribution consultant and board member at Third World Newsreel.She is also the senior manager of the Uris Center for Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an adjunct professor in the Communications department at The College of New Rochelle’s DC37, Tribeca campus.  She holds an M.A. degree in Media Studies from The New School and a B.S. in psychology from Howard University. Afua has been a poet, writer, musician and media artist for over 30 years.

Shye Sales is a spoken word artist, poet, writer, and host who has performed across the East Coast. She facilitates a writing workshop for LGBT youth and young adults called The HealLink Circle, encouraging her students to ‘write through the pain.’ She has appeared on BlogTalkRadio and co-chairs Djeli Writing Ministry, the writing ministry of UFC NewArk; performed at Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika and Stoney Mae Production’s Waiting All My Life Marriage Equality Concert. Shye currently hosts Crack the Mic, co-hosts LPJ’s Friday Night Jam. She won Fresh Fruit Festival’s Award of Distinction for Performance Poetry.

Peggy Shaw is a performer, writer, and producer based in New York City. In 1980, with Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin, she co-founded Split Britches Theater Company, which has transformed the landscape of queer performance with its trademark vaudevillian, satirical, gender-bending works. Shaw also co-founded the WOW Cafe Theatre, a year-round festival of women's and transgender people's performance. Her recent solo performance, RUFF (2013), responds to her 2011 stroke and subsequent recovery, and also initiated the first ‘Public Service Announcement’ advisory film aimed at elders. The project also developed the Green Screening workshop methodology for survivors of stroke. Shaw has received two MAP Fund grants (2012, 2007), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2004), and numerous OBIE Awards. She was the 2014 recipient of the Doris duke Artist Award.  In 2011, Michigan Press published A Menopausal Gentleman, a collection of her solo show scripts. She teaches writing and performance internationally and has worked with female prisoners in Brazil through the Staging Human Rights initiative. With Weaver, Shaw is currently devising Unexploded Ordnances (UXO), part-performance, part-conversation, exploring unmined potential in older people. UXO has been developed through residencies at the Barbican Centre, London and Governors Island, NYC, and has been presented as work-in-progress at La Mama ETC.

Katie Sly is a playwright, performer, visual artist, and community organizer. They often create work that straddles the space between visual art, theatre, and performance art, and is interested in looking at the queer and conflicted. Katie is the founder and organizer of the multi-disciplinary, arts-based activism project Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret, which seeks to create space for work that discusses bisexuality and pansexuality. Katie has presented their performance art piece, Kid: A Queer Fable, at Buddies in Bad Times theatre and Videofag, and The Gladstone Hotel. Their video art, Experimental Pussy Part 1 & 2, was exhibited at the BRAZEN show at Toronto’s Project Gallery.

Ché Valencia is relatively new to writing.  Inspired by the elusive personal narratives from her deployments to combat zones, Ché is capturing her experiences as a woman, an immigrant, and a lesbian serving in the military.  Her partner's consistent nudging and support motivate her to continue reflecting on difficult experiences.