Intersectional spin on an 18th century idea
The Bleux Stockings Society is a group of cisgender and transgender women and non-binary people that gather on a monthly basis to host live literature shows. A theme is announced in advance and the pieces submitted that best fit the theme are chosen to be read by their authors. Each performer is then given five to seven minutes to read their work aloud. A portion of the $10 cover goes to a women’s charity.
Gearing up for the “Triumph”-themed showcase on Jan. 15, co-founder Amy Tecosky pointed out that this show will be the group’s two-year anniversary.
“I started it in January of 2016 with original co-founder/producer, Ellaree Yeagley,” Tecosky told Georgia Voice. “The Bleux Stockings Society, or BSS, was born out of a desire to provide a space for often under- represented voices in a safe, comfortable environment. The hope was that we would serve as a jumping-off point for writers who were new to performing and wanted to test the waters.”
The show is near and dear to the heart of co-producer Rita Leslie too.
“For me,” she explained, “my origin story is two-fold because I actually performed at the very first show. So when asked to jump in as co-producer about a year-anda-half ago, it was a no-brainer. I knew BSS was special and I couldn’t wait to add value to an already thriving live-lit community.”
Tecosky said she came up with the idea for the group when she was in high school.
“The original Blue Stockings Society was an academic and creative salon for women in the 1750s,” she said. “It was a radical idea for the time period. After joining the Atlanta literary community, I revisited the idea; I loved the concept of women (both cis and trans) and non-binary people having their own ‘salon’ of sorts — a space to reflect and
By SHANNON HAMES
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