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What begins as a simple cab ride to the airport becomes a shifting contest of power, imagination, and identity in Naomi Gordon-Loebl’s “Can I See It?” read by Kent D. Wolf in the first half of this special team-up show with Lambda Literary in celebration of Pride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
This story swap, recorded live at Dixon Place on June 11th, 2019, was directed by Mike Dressel who was also our host for the evening.
Top left: Naomi Gordon-Loebl and Kent D. Wolf; Top right: Naomi Gordon-Loebl; Bottom left: Kent and Naomi; Bottom right: Hugs! Photo credit: David Trudo
Switching it up, in Kent D. Wolf’s story, escape from the isolation of Midwestern farm life lies in a plane ticket for a semester abroad, but first, he must negotiate permission and withstand the disappointment of both parents. Here is Naomi Gordon-Loebl reading “July 1995.”
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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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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.
Stunning second story meeting last night. Hearing the storytellers read each other’s revised drafts out loud was a thrilling reminder of what an honor it is to take part in Lambda Literary’s mission to help amplify LGBTQ voices at a time when the world needs them more than ever.
See you at Dixon Place on June 11th. Drinks/Door at 7 pm. Stories right at 7:30. FREE & and in the words of our next “Snapped!” storyteller Robb Leigh Davis, “oh have we got some stories for you…”
Robb Leigh Davis is a writer/performer, residing in Brooklyn. He is creator of the performance series Meditation on a Theme (www.meditationonatheme.com), co-creator of the podcast Takin U Back, and has worked extensively with the NYC Department of Education overseeing arts education across the five boroughs.
Commissioned for performance pieces by Brooklyn College, he has performed as part of the National Network for Education Renewal Conferences in CT and TX, and was a selected playwright for the Tectonic Theater Project’s LGBT Theater Artists of Color Training Lab. A featured performer – in partnership with Brooklyn College/GLARE (GLBTQ Advocacy in Research &Education) – at the 18th Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice in Laramie, Wyoming, his plays include The Homosexual Agenda, The Glam Factor, We The People and AMERICANBLACKOUT (originated at Dixon Place HOT! Festival and the NY Fringe Festival).
He is the former Director of Arts & Culture for the LGBT Center of NYC, and as a playwright/essayist continues to create work at the intersection of spirituality, sexuality and racial identity.
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.
Our team up with Lamba Literary for a night of queer storytelling with a twist is coming up fast! HERE are the four storytellers who will trade their true-life tales.
Mariam Bazeed (top left) Lambda Literary Fellow
Kent D. Wolf (top right) The Friedrich Agency
Robb Leigh Davis (bottom left) Meditation on a Theme
Naomi Gordon-Loebl (bottom right) Lambda Literary Fellow
The storytellers will meet each other for the first time next week when they meet with the NYTI creative team to workshop the first drafts of their stories inspired by the theme SNAPPED!
More info on the storytellers soon. But save the date! June 11th @ Dixon Place!
Get lit(erary) for Pride 2019 as we team up with fellows from Lambda Literary on June 11th at Dixon Place. Four curated storytellers will turn out true tales inspired by the theme Snapped! for this special night of queer story swapping.
More on the storytellers soon but save the date!
Date: Tuesday, June 11th
Time: Join us for drinks in the lounge at 7 pm, stories start at 7:30.
Venue: The Lounge at Dixon Place. 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey)
You can now support switched-up storytelling with a tax-deductible donation to No, YOU Tell It! through our fiscal sponsors, The Field. Click here to learn more.
What’s coming up for No, YOU Tell It! in 2019?
We will be announcing our full season soon, which includes our team-up show with Lambda Literary in June, but FIRST save the date, Wednesday 2/27 at 6:30, for a special evening of switched-up storytelling at The Astoria Bookshop.
Follow @NoYouTellIt for updates and SUBSCRIBE to our podcast on iTunes or AudioBoom to hear true-life tales with a twist.
COMING in 2019! In celebration of NYC hosting WorldPride for the first time and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we are teaming up with Lambda Literary in June for a night of queer story swapping. Through No, YOU Tell It!’s unique format of pairing and partnering, this special evening will highlight the multiplicity of the queer experience.
More NYTI 2019 news SOON. But on this #GivingTuesday, YOU can support Lambda Literary, which works tirelessly every day on behalf of #LGBTQ writers and their writing. Hear more from executive director, Sue Landers, below and GIVE today at www.lambdaliterary.org/donate.
In July, I joined Lambda Literary as executive director because I wanted to help amplify LGBTQ voices at a time when the world needs them more than ever. As a teacher recently reminded me, “books make us whole.” That is especially true in the case of LGBTQ youth, who deserve to see positive, complex, and joyful portrayals of LGBTQ life in the books they read at school, which is exactly what Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program provides. It’s also true for all the many others who Lambda serves through our programs, including the only writing residency in the world exclusively for up-and-coming queer writers.
YOU can support this necessary, life-affirming work by giving to Lambda Literary this GivingTuesday. It is imperative that Lambda Literary continue to foster and amplify LGBTQ creativity. In our stories are the roadmaps for living, loving, and fighting. Our literature affirms the value of our lives and reflects our expansive humanity. Give now at www.lambdaliterary.org/donate.
– Sue Landers, Executive Director at Lambda Literary