4 storytellers, 3 creative team members, 2 story workshops to develop the pieces on the page, 1 personalized rehearsal session with each storyteller to help them embody their partner’s story on stage = an invigorating evening of “Snapped!” stories last night.
Huge thanks to Lambda Literary for helping us bring this special night of Queer Storytelling with a Twist to Dixon Place. Happy Pride all!!
Pictured left to right: Mike Dressel, Robb Leigh Davis, Mariam Bazeed, Erika Iverson, Kent D. Wolf, Naomi Gordon Loebl and Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons. Photo credit: Ariel Mahler
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Our “Snapped!” show is tonight. Join us In the Lounge at Dixon Place at 7 pm for drinks. Stories start right at 7:30. First, meet our final storyteller Kent D. Wolf.
Kent D. Wolf is an agent with The Friedrich Agency, representing literary fiction and narrative nonfiction–from novels to story collections to immersive journalism to personal essays. His clients include National Book Award for Fiction Finalist Carmen Maria Machado, New York Times Bestselling essayist Samantha Irby, Barnes & Noble Discover novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and New York Times Notable novelist Martin Seay, among others.
Rehearsals are underway! The storytellers have flipped scripts and are now working with a NYTI director to add a little oomph to their partner’s piece for tomorrow night’s “Snapped!” show at Dixon Place.
Meet our next storyteller Lambda Literary fellow Naomi Gordon-Loebl!
Naomi Gordon-Loebl is a writer, educator, and fellow at Type Media Center. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation, Complex, Hazlitt, The Washington Spectator, The Toast, the anthologies The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality and Emerge, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Lambda Literary, Monson Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Before working in journalism, she spent five years as a teacher and youth development professional, helping people who had left school to complete their high school equivalency diplomas. She was born, raised, and still lives in Brooklyn.
Two weeks until our “Snapped!” show at Dixon Place. Join us in the lounge on June 11th. But first, meet storyteller & Lambda Literary fellow Mariam Bazeed.
Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian immigrant, writer, and performance artist living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. They have an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam is a current fellow at the Center for Fiction, and a past fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Lambda Literary Foundation. As a performance artist, Mariam has been a fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, and Needing It! by the Helix Performance Network. Mariam’s work has been supported by residencies from Hedgebrook, Marble House Project, the Millay Colony, the Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts, and Art Omi. Mariam’s first play, Peace Camp Org, was staged at La Mama Theater, NYC (2017) in the Squirts Festival of Queer Performance Art; the Arcola Theatre, London (2018), in its inaugural festival of International Queer Playwrights; and The Wild Project, NYC (2018), in the Fresh Fruit Festival, where it won the Spirit Award. Peace Camp Org is available in anthology from Oberon Books, UK.
To procrastinate from facing the blank page, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.