Tag: No YOU Tell It!

Snail Mail Story Swaps

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. – Lord Byron

What’s your story been in the last three months since we had to postpone our March 12th “Precious” show?

How would you like to trade tales with a member of the No, YOU Tell It! community snail mail style? Email us at noyoutellit@gmail.com to be paired with a pen-pal.

We will match you up. Then take it from there to trade tales, report on how you can keep the momentum going to create positive social change, and whatever else may evolve.

We’ve thought a lot about what No, YOU Tell It! should or could say in response to the recent horrific events and the long history of racial injustice that led to them.

Our own Kelly Jean recently taught an online workshop centered around Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, which explores racial aggressions in everyday encounters and the media. These words Rankine shared as part of 826NYC’s quarenTEEN voices resonated with us:

This is how you talk or write about difficult things: you do it assuming that you don’t know. Over and over you hear that you have to write about what you know. The way to approach difficult things is to approach them as difficult things. You approach them with questions rather than positions. The making of art is not about showing how smart you are or proving anything, but really just exploring the subject so you can understand it better.

No, YOU Tell It! is all about creating stronger empathetic connections by trading stories and sharing life experiences to better understand each other. Help keep the story swapping going by signing up to be paired with a pen-pal.

EMAIL noyoutellit@gmail.com to sign up and/or with any questions.

BKBF Bookend Event

Summer’s flying by but we have a reason to be super excited for September.

Save the date for No, YOU Tell It! “aMuse” on September 17th at The Astoria Bookshop. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT.

For this special BKBF Bookend event, we are bringing poets and stand-ups together to develop their nonfiction stories inspired by the theme “aMuse” on the page. Then trade their true-life tales on stage.

Check back for more info on our storytellers soon!

No, YOU Tell It! “Snapped!” Queer Storytelling with a Twist

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)
Cost: Free

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.