IN THE LOUNGE Queer Art Organics Curated and Hosted by Aimee Herman
About This Show
Queer Art Organics celebrates LGBTQ writers and performers of all disciplines
The October iteration will feature Aaron Sweeney & Joel Allegretti
About the Artists
Aaron Sweeney has been writing, performing, and producing comedy for over 10 years. Since moving to San Francisco from Boston for art school to study illustration, he’s worked as a freelance graphic designer and toy-maker as well as writing, producing, directing, and co-starring in Access of Evil, a radical queer comedy public access show. Through Access, Aaron discovered his alter-ego, the born-again Christian, abstinence-only sex educator, and empty vessel for the Lord, Constance “Connie” Flagtwat. After moving to NYC in 2008 to pursue standup, his lifelong dream of waiting tables and background work for film and tv was quickly realized. TV credits include Law & Order (carrying a pie (mixed fruit)), Law & Order: SVU (sitting behind Chris Meloni) and Blue Bloods (carrying a box of phones). Comedy credits for Aaron and Connie include Nicky and Aaron’s Fagtastic Comedy Show!, LES Festival (Featured Performer), Estrogenius (token male), Bushwig Drag Festival, andConstance “Connie” Flagtwat’s Chaste Christian Cabaret of Chaste Christian Comedy. He regularly does standup in an around NYC. www.connieflagtwat.com
Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India. His short stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal,and Pennsylvania Literary Journal, among others. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa, Medicine Show Theatre, the Cornelia Street Café, and the Sidewalk Café, all in New York. He was co-editor of “Dear Yoko: A Tribute to Yoko Ono,” a special digital issue of Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, a journal of performance texts and writings about performance.
Aimee Herman is a performance poet with two full-length books of poems.