Here they are, the four storytellers who’ll be swapping tales of pop culture obsessions, psychic encounters, birth-order myths, and broken pottery. Let’s get to know them:

Shelley Gazes has studied fiction and nonfiction writing at Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute, Gotham Writers Workshop, and MediaBistro. Her work has appeared in The Journal News and The Huffington Post. She is also a regular volunteer for 826NYC’s storytelling field trips for children, helping students to foster their own creative voices. She’s excited for her work to be performed for the first time with No, YOU Tell It! and looks forward to taking part in more storytelling events in the future.

Nelson Lugo is a Magician, Sideshow Artist, and Batman enthusiast. He was featured by TimeOut NY as an Entertainer to Watch and co-hosts a podcast called “The EPIC PIEcast” for He’s been a guest speaker for The Sunday Assembly NYC, a guest singer for the BTK Band, a storyteller at Adam Wade’s Whatever Happened to the Nerds, and was featured on the Story Collider podcast twice. He is currently performing a solo show called “Gathering The Magic” at The Tank Theater which you can see on Saturday September 20th that is slice-of-life storytelling and sophisticated stage magic. More info at

Roger Nasser is a writer, actor, director, gourmet rice crispie treat maker and a native New Yorker (Go Queens!). His plays have been performed at The Brick, La Mama and The Flea. As an actor he has appeared in numerous indie theater productions. He is an Associate Artistic Director at The Brick Theater. He is also the Late Night Curator at The Brick and produces and curates The Cleverbot Plays. Roger is also writing and directing It’s Getting Tired Mildred, a soap opera for the stage, premiering October 11 at The Brick. He is excited to be part of this!!

Raquel I. Penzo is a Brooklyn, NY native who has carved a career for herself as a writer, editor, and literary event curator. She hosts the New Voices Reading Series each quarter in NYC and works as a copywriter at Brooklyn Public Library. Raquel authored the self-published My Ego Likes the Compliments…And Other Musings on Writing, and the short stories, “Grey Matter,” published online at Blue Lake Review, and “Perspective on a Murder,” published by Mason’s Road. An anthology of works from participants of her reading series was released on April 29. She can be found online at