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Episode 22 – Q-Boro Lit Crawl (Leg 2)

Was she my first diva? What else fell out of my vagina along with my kid?  These kinds of questions are best tackled at a literary bar crawl. We were thrilled to be part of the Queens Book Festival’s Q-boro Lit Crawl in Long Island City this past April as 10 of our alumni storytellers came back to trade true-life tales with a new partner in one long, loud, fun night.

Give a listen to Leg 2 with switched up stories from Mike Dressel and Ellie Dunn hosted by Erika Iverson. And come visit us this Sunday, Aug 7th, at the Queens Book Festival at Kaufman Astoria Studios! www.queensbookfestival.com

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“A German Word for That” written by Mike Dressel and performed by Ellie Dunn.

“Mom Friends” written by Ellie Dunn and performed by Mike Dressel.


Mike Dressel is a writer and educator. His work has appeared in Litbreak, OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Metazen, and Chelsea Station, among other places.

Ellie Dunn is one half of the hilarious comedy music duo Mel & El. Her latest co-creation, “The Mommy Show,” features slightly inappropriate stories and songs, and can be seen in venues all over NYC and beyond. For more info, go to welcometothemommyshow.com. To see photos of her toddler, you’ll have to stalk her on facebook.

Episode 10 – Glory

At first Vicki Cabrera said to us, I’ll take the class, but I’ll never do the show. She was in our very first No, YOU Tell It! workshop and with a little coaching by director Erika Iverson, she gave one of the most moving performances we’ve seen. Here she is performing “Say Hi to Ellie,” written by Ellie Dunn.

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(Pictured left to right Vicki Cabrera and Ellie Dunn)

Switching it up – Ellie Dunn is one half of the hilarious comedy music duo Mel & El, whose latest creation, “The Mommy Show,” can be seen in venues all over NYC and beyond. Visit them at welcometothemommyshow.com, but before you do listen to her perform Vicki Cabrera’s story “Hitting the Wall” about the harsh consequences of what happens when procrastination is the only thing you exercise.

Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our GLORY show, recorded live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on 2/18/2013.


Here are the switched-up storytellers bios from that evening:

Vicki Cabrera works in education for the College Board, a nonprofit organization, where she is responsible for online tools and resources that help over a million students prepare for the SAT college admissions exam each year. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of New Jersey and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. When she’s not working, Vicki likes to collect new hobbies and seek out creative pursuits, which is why she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to participate in No, YOU Tell It! She is also an avid eater, explorer, and photographer. Check out her photoblog and follow her at vickisee.com. Story: Hitting the Wall

Ellie Dvorkin is one half of the hilarious comedy music duo Mel & El. She is thrilled to exercise her storytelling muscles with the NYTI peeps. In recent years, her writing skills have mostly been used to pen lyrics for funny and often naughty songs as well as the occasional rap, but she has also written educational puppet shows and musicals for The New York Hall of Science museum. Watch clips of her funny stuff and listen to songs at MelAndEl.com. Story: Say Hi to Ellie