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Busboys and Poets’ newest in-house discussion series has a queer bent: ZAMI, named for Audre Lorde’s biomythography, was founded by Laela Shallal (daughter of Busboys owner and ex-mayoral hopeful Andy Shallal) slightly more than a year ago. The monthly cultural showcase has attracted a notable roster of authors, artists, and scholars for performances and conversations that link sexuality and gender to issues of race, class, and human rights. “I want people to walk into ZAMI feeling like they can bring their full selves into the space and leave chewing on ideas inspired by the event,” she says, “whether that be Staceyann’s poem about black women radically loving other black women, or Jasbir Puar’s theory of homonationalism, or even just how great that conversation was with that cute boi with the bowtie.”