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Coming & Going

Sep 30 2020 @ 7:30PM

Our “Coming & Going” show is coming up fast! For this special Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event, we’re teaming up once again with Lambda Literary for a special night of virtual queer storytelling with a twist.

Click here to RSVP via Facebook.

Top Left: Calvin S. Cato; Top Right: Nancy Agabian; BL: Charlotte Marchant; BR: Nicole Shawan Junior

We’ll be working with our storytellers over the next couple of weeks to develop their true-life tales inspired by the theme “Coming & Going” on the page. Join us via Zoom where they will trade tales and present each other’s stories on the virtual stage. Plus, a chance to win some literary fun from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop!

Storytellers:

Nancy Agabian (Queens Writers Resist)

Calvin S. Cato (RISK!, Laugh It Up, Astoria!)

Nicole Shawan Junior (Lambda Literary Fellow)

Charlotte Marchant (Lambda Literary Fellow)

$10 suggested donation to benefit the Woodside/Sunnyside Community COVID-19 Food Relief Group

Click here to donate directly. When donating use the dropdown to indicate Covid 19 Sunnyside/Woodside Food Distribution (or Venmo @KellyJean-Fitzsimmons who will collect and donate).

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2020 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

No, YOU Tell It! “Coming & Going” is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 30 2020 @ 7:30PM

Zoom! Meeting ID: 976 7999 6439 Password: storyswap

2020 Brooklyn Book Festival Event

Sep 30 2020 @ 7:30PM

Our first VIRTUAL SHOW is also a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event!

 

We are thrilled to team up with Lambda Literary once again for this special night of queer storytelling with a twist.

Four curated storytellers will work together to develop their nonfiction stories inspired by the theme “Coming & Going” on the page. Watch as they trade tales and present each other’s stories on the “Zoom” stage.

Plus, a chance to win fun literary prizes from The Astoria Bookshop!

Storytellers Nancy Agabian, Calvin Cato, Nicole Shawan Junior, and Charlotte Marchant.

More info on the storytellers and how to save your virtual seat coming soon…

 

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2020 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

No, YOU Tell It! “Coming & Going” is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Sep 30 2020 @ 7:30PM

Zoom!

“Precious” Show Postponed

Sad we had to postpone (new date TBD) today’s scheduled No, YOU Tell It! show because we have loved working with these powerhouse women.

It’s been an honor watching them bond together as a group over the past month while helping each other develop and experience an intensely intimate set of stories.

I’m happy to report that all of our storytellers are healthy, but we want to do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. I’m grateful to Sunnyside Plays​ for their support in this decision and offer to reschedule the show (new date TBD) for when the time is right.

These stories will be told! While we wait, please take the time to listen to some of the amazing story swaps from our live shows on the No, YOU Tell It! podcast.

Want to help out our series in this tenuous time? Click here to donate via our fiscal sponsor The Field. Or share our podcast with a friend! Available on iTunes, AudioBoom, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.

Meet “Precious” Storyteller Sokunthary Svay

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

Brush up rehearsals begin this week for our “Precious” show!

The storytellers have traded their true-life tale and will each be working with a NYTI director to step into their partner’s shoes and give their story some theatrical oomph on the virtual stage.  Let’s meet our next storyteller, Sokunthary Svay!

Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is a performer, collaborator, and writer. She was also a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), the recipient of the American Opera Projects’ Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19, and the 2018 Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House. Currently, she is poetry editor for Newtown Literary, a doctoral student in English at the The Graduate Center, CUNY and teaches college writing at Queens College. Svay’s first opera, “Woman of Letters” (in collaboration with composer, Liliya Ugay) received its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in January 2020 as part of the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiatives. Her poetry collection, Apsara in New York (2017) is available from Willow Books.

More at: www.sokunthary.com / Twitter: @SokSrai

Event Information

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

ZOOM Meeting ID: 973 9881 8640 Passcode: storyswap

Meet “Precious” Storyteller Heather Quinlan

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

Meet our next No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” storyteller Heather Quinlan!

Audience members will have a chance to answer trivia questions and win storyteller Heather Quinlan’s new book, Plagues, Pandemics and Viruses: From the Plague of Athens to Covid-19. Can’t wait? Click here to order the book now from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop!

Heather Quinlan is a documentary producer and director whose first short film, “O Brooklyn! My Brooklyn!” was called “Charming … an endearing way of making an old poem more relevant” by The New York Times, and her feature-length documentary on the New York accent, “If These Knishes Could Talk,” has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, WSJ, NPR, and the BBC. It recently screened at the Library of Congress.

Heather is currently writing a book about the history of plagues and pandemics tentatively titled, “You’re Gonna Die”; she’s also writing a screenplay about her stepmother called “DIE BITCH DIE”; and is planning her fall wedding to writer Adam McGovern.

Update! Since the postponement of our “Precious” show, Heather and Adam were married in May via ZOOM. Click here to read about their virtual wedding.

Event Information

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

ZOOM Meeting ID: 973 9881 8640 Passcode: storyswap

2020 QAF Grant and First Show of 2020!

Mar 12 2020 @ 7:00PM

Proud to share that No, YOU Tell It! is a recipient of a 2020 Queens Arts Fund Arts Access Grant. Our first show of 2020 No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” is coming up soon.

Join us on March 12th at Sunnyside Plays at 7 pm. For this special Queens edition, four storytellers have come together to develop their own stories inspired by the theme “Precious” on the page. They will then trade tales to present each other’s story on stage.

top left: Sokunthary Svay, top right: Gail Thomas, bottom left: Heather Quinlan, bottom right: Nita Noveno

Storytellers include:

Nita Noveno (co-host, Sunday Salon)

Heather Quinlan (documentary producer and director, If These Knishes Could Talk)

Sokunthary Svay (poetry editor, Newtown Literary)

Gail Thomas (storytelling instructor, The Story Studio, Legal Outreach)

One drink minimum (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages available)
$10 suggested donation

No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event Information

Mar 12 2020 @ 7:00PM

Sunnyside Plays (43-09 48th Avenue, Queens, NYC)

Meet “Precious” Storyteller Nita Noveno

Mar 12 2020 @ 7:00PM

Our first storytelling meeting for No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” at Sunnyside Plays is this week!

The show isn’t until March but the storytellers are all meeting each other for the first time on Thursday to read each other’s drafts out loud and provide feedback to guide their revisions. Can’t wait!

But you don’t have to wait to meet our first storyteller, co-host of the prose reading series, Sunday Salon, Nita Noveno.

Nita Noveno teaches composition and literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is a graduate of The New School MFA Creative Writing Program and the founder and co-host of Sunday Salon, a long-running monthly reading series in NYC. Her work has appeared most recently in The Seventh WaveOriginally from Southeast Alaska, she lives in Queens, New York.

Event Information

Mar 12 2020 @ 7:00PM

Sunnyside Plays (43-09 48th Avenue, Queens, NYC)

“Precious” Storytellers

Excited for this dynamic set of storytellers for our next show on March 12th, 7 pm at Sunnyside Plays!

More info on our storytellers soon!

Two New Shows! Save the Dates

Save the date(s) for two new No, YOU Tell It! shows coming your way. More info on the storytellers soon!

No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” will be at Sunnyside Plays on March 12th at 7 pm.

We had so much fun last year that we can’t wait to team up with Lambda Literary again for a special show on May 7th at Dixon Place.

No, YOU Tell It! “Coming & Going” will also be our anniversary show celebrating eight years of switched-up storytelling!

Congratulations “A Muse” Story Partners!

Poets and stand-ups trading true-life tales inspired by a theme was a jumping-off point for our Brooklyn Book Festival Event… Our four storytellers ran with that aMUSE-ing idea and all took fantastic leaps last night.

Congratulations to our story partners on fully embodying each other’s stunning stories and captivating the crowd. There was standing room only at The Astoria Bookshop but not a word was missed.

Top left: Pichchenda Bao, Carolyn Castiglia; Top right: H.E. Fisher, Ellie Dvorkin; Bottom left: Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Ellie Dvorkin, H.E. Fisher; Bottom right: Carolyn Castiglia, Pichchenda Bao

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