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“Migration” Great! Save the Date!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Jimmy’s No. 43 on Wed night for our “Migration” show! Here are some fun pics from the evening.

New podcast episodes featuring the storytellers trading their true-life tales coming soon. SUBSCRIBE on iTunes and GooglePlay.

Our next installment of No, YOU Tell It! is Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm at Jimmy’s No. 43. Save the date! 

Group photo left to right: Ken Crossland, Erika Iverson, Leslie Malaika Lewis, and Elisa DeCarlo

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Meet Our “Migration” Storytellers

Mar 22 2017 @ 7:00PM

Who are our “Migration” storytellers for Wednesday’s show? I’m so glad you asked!

Ken Crossland is a writer, children’s book designer, podcaster, and comedian from New York City. He’s the founder of the Curious Civilian, a website dedicated to politics and policy, and is a contributing editor to the Huffington Post, writing about government. You can follow him on Twitter (@kencrossland),, or by typing his name into Google, and seeing what comes up.

Elisa DeCarlo is a writer/performer who has performed solo shows around the country, including the critically acclaimed “Toasted,” based on a real-life murder case, and “I Love Drugs”. Her work has been collected in “Cervix With A Smile: Comic Sketches and Plays by Elisa DeCarlo” (Exit Press). She has written comedy for National Public Radio, TV Land and Nickelodeon.  Elisa is also a novelist, writer of “The Abortionist’s Daughter,” “The Devil You Say,” and “Strong Spirits”, the latter two published by Avon.  As a journalist she has been published in The New York Times, New York magazine, Sarah Lawrence magazine, and others.

Erika Iverson is a director and dramaturg for No, YOU Tell It! and has participated in almost every one of their shows as a director, performer, or both. She is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique and an enthusiastic director of one-woman shows. She was last seen on stage at La Mama ETC as a clown of ambiguous gender and the embodiment of Air in Magis Theatre Company’s production of Calderon’s Two Dreams. She is super grateful to Kelly Jean, who provides Erika with deadlines and shames her into showing up for things on time. Thanks KJ!

Leslie Malaika Lewis is an actress, writer and producer best known for creating the solo show Miracle in Rwanda. She is the leading lady and lead producer of the film With Child, available for streaming on iTunes and Amazon. Leslie starred as Dorothy Dandridge at the National Black Theater. A Harvard graduate, she has a MFA in Acting from UCLA. Awards: The Streisand Sony Award at UCLA and an AUDELCO and Jessie Award nominee. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, The Magis Theater Company and The Actors Center. She thanks God, her family and friends for their support.

See you at 7 pm at Jimmy’s No. 43. We will open the back room right at 7 for the show, but feel free to come early for drinks/food in the bar area. (no min or max on either!)

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Mar 22 2017 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No 43 (43 East 7th btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves)

Up Next: Our “Migration” Show

Mar 22 2017 @ 7:00PM

Our next show is in ONE WEEK. See you back at our old stomping grounds, Jimmy’s No. 43, for a night of switched-up stories inspired by the theme “Migration” from:

Ken Crossland, Elisa DeCarlo, Leslie Lewis, and our very own Erika Iverson!

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Check back soon to meet our “Migration” storytellers!

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Mar 22 2017 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th between 2nd and 3rd Aves)

NYTI & TLR team up at AWP17!

Our own Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and Mike Dressel had a blast trading true-life tales with the editors of The Literary Review – Minna Zallman Proctor, Jessie Vail Aufiery, and Heather Lang – at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, D.C.

Here’s a few fun moments from our “Deleted Scenes” themed story swap on February 9th.

Audio soon! SUBSCRIBE to our podcast on iTunes and GooglePlay. Curious about what we do? Click here to WATCH and learn more about No, YOU Tell It!

Save the date for No, YOU Tell It! “Migration” back at our usual haunt Jimmy’s No. 43 on March 22nd at 7 pm!

What is “switched-up” storytelling? Watch and see!

Ever wonder what No, YOU Tell It! is all about? Take a look:

Thank you to friend and alum Ellie Dvorkin for producing this lovely inside look at No, YOU Tell It! Check out more of Ellie’s brillance as an actor and artist at

Want to see us in action? Good news! We’ve got two great shows coming up:

Can’t wait? Never fear. SUBSCRIBE to our podcast on iTunes or GooglePlay and give a listen to switched-up stories from our live shows.

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Meet Our “Deleted Scenes” Storytellers

ONE WEEK until our special “Deleted Scenes” show at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, D.C. Going to #AWP17? Join us on Thur, 2/9, at 12 noon (Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two)

Our switched-up storytellers have been working collaboratively over the last month to develop their true-life tales on the page. Before they flip scripts to perform each other’s story on stage, we wanted you to meet them!

From top to bottom: Jessie Vail Aufiery, Minna Zallman Proctor, Heather Lang, Mike Dressel. Artwork by Letisia Cruz.


Jessie Vail Aufiery is a fiction writer, poet, and translator. She is the World Literature Editor for The Literary Review, and has an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives with her husband and twin daughters in Miami. You can read some of her recent work in issue #2 of jai-alai magazine, Issue 31 of Petite Hound Press, and in the anthology Paris, Etc.: Writing and Illustrations. Find her online at

Minna Zallman Proctor is the author of Landslide: True Stories, out this fall, and Do You Hear What I Hear? Her translation from Italian of Fleur Jaeggy’s speculative essays These Possible Lives is out this spring. She on the creative writing faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Editor of The Literary Review. 

This month, Heather Lang was voted Best Local Writer or Poet by the readers of the Las Vegas-based Desert Companion magazineNevada’s NPR member radio station’s print publication. Heather teaches World Literature, Asian Literature, and English Composition at Nevada State College. Her poetry and prose have been published by or are forthcoming with December, The Normal School, Paper Darts, HOOT, Pleiades, and Whiskey Island, among others. Heather holds an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and she serves as Online Managing Editor of The Literary Review and Co-Editor of Petite Hound Press. Last year her writing process was on exhibit at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery.

Mike Dressel is a writer and educator. His stories have appeared in LitbreakThe James Franco ReviewChelsea Station, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among others, as well as in the anthology Best Gay Stories 2016 published by Lethe Press. He was recently the recipient of an NEH Summer Seminar fellowship. He is a frequent guest judge at The Prose Bowl, a flash fiction reading series.

“Deleted Scenes” show at AWP17

We live our lives in a trance, constantly spinning, focused on our never-ending list of chores. More and more, I’ve been forcing myself to stop and take notice.

As we spin, spin, spin toward our special show the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington, D.C., thank goodness we took a moment to reach out to artist Letisia Cruz — who along with storyteller Heather Lang is one-half of the power duo behind Petite Hound Press — and request she create original artwork inspired by our upcoming theme “Deleted Scenes.”

You can’t help but stop and take notice of the result.

Read more about Letisia’s inspiration for this pause-worthy piece:

I’ve been thinking a lot about being present. Sometimes I drive to work and have no recollection of how I arrived. Or I drive home, park my car and walk into the kitchen before realizing I meant to stop at the grocery store. Sometimes I wake up startled in the middle of the night and ask myself: where am I? We live our lives in a trance, constantly spinning, focused on our never-ending list of chores. More and more, I’ve been forcing myself to stop and take notice. To breathe. To admire the chaos that is day-to-day life and not allow the constant parade of thoughts that the restless mind serves up to keep me from finding peace in the present moment. More and more I’ve been tearing up my to-do list, turning off my phone, and focusing on the here and now. There is beauty in the world, overwhelming, awe-inspiring beauty, and we must force ourselves to be present in order to fully appreciate it. 

For more fantastic work from Letisia Cruz check out Petite Hound Press – a miniature press based out of Las Vegas and Miami run by two tattooed, poetry-writing, art-loving ladies. Visit

Going to #AWP17? Join us on Thursday, 2/9 at 12 noon (Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two) to hear switched-up stories inspired by the theme “Deleted Scenes” from Mike Dressel, Minna Proctor, Jessie Vail Aufiery, and Heather Lang.  Hosted by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

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Live Shows in 2017 including our AWP Event!

Looking forward to some “switched-up” storytelling in 2017?

FIRST UP, we are excited to bring No, YOU Tell It! to the 2017 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair in Washington D.C. in February!


Our AWP event features a dynamic team-up with The Literary Review as our own Mike Dressel, Minna Zallman Proctor (Editor of The Literary Review and author of the forthcoming Landslide), Heather Lang (co-editor of Petite Hound Press: a port for poetry and art), and Jessie Vail Aufiery (World Literature Editor for The Literary Review) trade true-life tales inspired by the theme “Deleted Scenes.”

Can’t make it to D.C. on Feb, 9th? No worries, here are the dates for our 2017 shows at Jimmy’s No. 43:

  • March 22nd, 7 pm
  • May 17th, 7 pm
  • September 20th, 7 pm
  • November 15th, 7 pm

But why wait? Click here to give a listen to our No, YOU Tell It! podcast featuring switched-up stories from our live shows. You can also SUBSCRIBE on iTunes or GooglePlay Music.

New “Two on Tuesday” episode coming next week!

Meet our “Elected” Storytellers!

Nov 09 2016 @ 7:00PM


Chalk art version of our logo courtesy of alum & friend Marcos Stafne.

Our last live show for 2016 is one week away! We are meeting with our “Elected” storytellers tonight to workshop the second drafts of their stories.

Want to meet these brave souls who just met each other for the first time two weeks ago? Sure you do:

Susan Ferrara – WRITER: BUZZ (Dir, Carrie Preston; Winner, Reverie Next Generation Award; Atlantic Theater Company, NYTW readings; Finalist, Baltic Residency; WP Lab Semi-Finalist; Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award);  THE SILVER KITCHEN (Naked Angels, Tuesdays@9), THE WONDER (Writer/Actor, Directors – Julie Ann Emery/Kevin Earley, Best Production/International United Solo Festival, Doric Wilson Award (nom), William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award (nom), terraNova’s New Play Series), GERTRUDE (advanced to second round, Sundance MENA Lab; under consideration, Orlando Shakespeare PlayFest, DecadesOut workshop; semi-finalist, Bridge Playwriting Contest (pending)). ACTOR: Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Onion News Network; award‑nominated series regular,  THEN WE GOT HELP (Julie Ann Emery, writer/dir), AEA/SAG/AFTRA/DG/terraNova Groundbreakers alumna.

Christopher Green is a recent New York transplant from Cincinnati, currently residing in Brooklyn with two roommates and one slightly internet-famous cat. He holds both a BA and MA in English, helping him to reach his ultimate goal of raising underemployment to an art form. His stories have appeared in several journals and magazines such as Burner, The MacGuffin, and The Ampersand Review. He is currently working with his agent to publish two novels, one of which is sort of about vampires but not really and it’s kind of a whole big thing and maybe he just shouldn’t have brought it up. Christopher came up with the idea for The Prose Bowl watching crickets fight in his back yard.

Nick Martorelli moved to NYC five years ago. Before then, he worked as an actor, substitute teacher, window salesman, tour guide, carpenter, grant writer, janitor, administrative assistant, company manager, scarecrow mascot, and freelance writer. Since moving to NYC, he has performed with Accidental Shakespeare, Underling Productions, and he is one half of the writing duo MuMa, who are still looking for an agent. Are you an agent? Whether or not you are, you can follow along at @NickMartorelli and @BeamersBeerCo.

After tonight, they have one more chance to revise their true-life tales before they FLIP SCRIPTS and perform each other’s stories for YOU on November 9th. Join us! 7 pm! FREE.

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Nov 09 2016 @ 7:00PM

Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th btwn 2nd and 3rd)

No, YOU Tell It! “Elected” – Nov 9th!

Save the date for our next No, YOU Tell It! show at Jimmy’s No 43. – Nov 9th. That’s right our next live show is the DAY AFTER the election.


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So get out there, VOTE, and then come gather with us (in whatever world we wake up in…) for some switched-up stories inspired by the theme “Elected.”

Our first story meeting with Susan Ferrara, Christopher Green, Nick Martorelli, and Christopher Torres is tomorrow night and we can’t wait to hear their first drafts!

Bonus: Tonight at 6:30! Check out “Elected” storyteller Christopher Green as he co-hosts The Prose Bowl where emerging fiction stylists (you could be one of them) go at it in “Brooklyn’s only semi-competitive, flash fiction, open mic, reading series…that we know of.” Where: Pete’s Candy Store (Williamsburg)

Bonus, bonus: Our own Mike Dressel is on the panel of judges tonight!

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