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Meet “Punch Up” Story Coach Pichchenda Bao

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

In celebration of our 10th year, we’re continuing to build community by inviting No, YOU Tell It! alums back as guest story coaches and directors. We want our diverse alumni to step into the mentorship roles they benefited from to help guide new storytellers.

Meet Pichchenda Bao, who participated in our first evening of poets swapping with stand-ups #BKBF Bookend Event at The Astoria Bookshop in 2019. Give a listen to her story swap with comedian Carolyn Castiglia. 

We’re honored to have Pichchenda return as a “Punch Up” story coach at our first story meeting this week to provide her insights as a poet who left her comfort zone to write and perform prose with No, YOU Tell It! 

Photo credit: Mengwen Cao

Pichchenda Bao is a Cambodian American writer and poet, infant survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, daughter of refugees, and feminist stay-at-home mother in New York City. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibitions and events. She has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts and Bethany Arts Community. She is a 2022 Kundiman poetry fellow and a 2019 Aspen Words emerging writer fellow. Read her work at pichchendabao.com.

See you at Culture Lab, LIC on 9/26 for the show! RSVP via Facebook or email us at noyoutellit@gmail.com.

Event Information

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

New Show! Save the Date!

Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Save the date! We’re BACK for another #BKBF Bookend Event. Four storytellers who write for the page and the stage have worked together to develop true tales inspired by the theme “Punch Up.” Come watch as they step into each other’s stories.

With guest story coach, Pichchenda Bao and guest director and host, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn! Both are alum storytellers from our 2019 BKBF Bookend Event, No, YOU Tell It! “aMuse.”

Storytellers (pictured left to right): Jenn Wehrung, Aida Zilelian, Matt Storrs, and Maria Rubio

Plus, a chance to win the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology.
Follow us @noyoutellit for information on our storytellers, live stream link, and more!
FREE but we’ll be collecting donations for Friends with Four Paws with a match for the first $50.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2022 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT
This event 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.

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Sep 26 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

September 1, 2022 Post Comment Live Shows

“What I Know” Program

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

No, YOU Tell It! “What I Know” is tonight. Come out to hear these stellar stories that the tellers have been working so hard on performed at Culture Lab, LIC!

  • Show starts at 7, doors open at 6:30, proof of vaccination is required.
  • $15 suggested donation cash at the door; CLICK HERE to donate online.

Take a look at our “What I Know” storytellers who are trading true tales.

TL: Julia Granacki; TR: Sheria Mattis; BL: Hannah Leland; BR: Michele Carlo

Tonight’s Stories!

No One Told Me written by Julia Granacki, performed by Hannah Leland, and directed by Marcos Stafne

Finally Arriving written by Hannah Leland, performed by Julia Granacki, and directed by Marcos Stafne

Knowing is Half the Battle written by Sheria Mattis, performed by Michele Carlo, and directed by Erika Iverson

Viva La Curlvolution! written by Michele Carlo, performed by Sheria Mattis, and directed by Erika Iverson

Listen carefully because there will be story trivia after the show! Special shoutout to Timothy Lindner of Revisionary Writing and Editing, LLC for all the social media and show support.

On a personal note, we are thrilled to be back at Culture Lab, LIC for a LIVE show and our very first LIVESTREAMED No, YOU Tell It!

What an amazing way to celebrate 10 years of switching stories to embody each other’s experiences!

Want to support 10 more years? Here are 3 great ways:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter for updates.
  2. SHARE the No, YOU Tell It! Podcast far and wide. Available on our website and your fav podcasting platforms.
  3. DONATE through our fiscal sponsor The Field. Plus, it’s tax-deductible.

Thank you!
Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

 

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Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “What I Know” Storyteller Michele Carlo

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Rehearsals start this weekend for our “What I Know” show. We can’t wait for you to hear these story swaps at Culture Lab, LIC on Monday!

First, meet our final storyteller, Michele Carlo.

Photo credit: Mindy Tucker

Michele Carlo has told stories across the U.S., including the Moth’s Mainstage in NYC, RISK!’s live shows and podcast, on NPR and the WGBH-PBS series “Stories from the Stage.” She is also an actor, podcast host and author of the NYC-set memoir “Fish Out Of Agua.” www.michelecarlo.com

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Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “What I Know” Storyteller Sheria Mattis

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Celebrate Woman’s History Month with four storytellers stepping into each other’s life experiences of “What I Know” about all things woman.

Meet our next storyteller Sheria Mattis and see you at Culture Lab on March 7th! 

Sheria Mattis is a Brooklyn-born and bred comedian, writer, actress, and awkward Black girl. She has written for Reductress, Netflix is a Joke, Leslie Jones, Fran Drescher, and Abby Terkuhle.

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Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

March 3, 2022 Post Comment Live Shows

Meet “What I Know” Storyteller Julia Granacki

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

New episode of Circling the Drain co-hosted by our next storyteller, Julia Granacki, available today. Give a listen and come hear Julia switch up her story at our “What I Know” show on Monday!

Julia Granacki is an NYT Alumni best known as the cohost of the perimenopausal podcast, Circling the Drain: a show about the period before you stop getting your period. She is a burgeoning health coach, Pilates instructor, writer, wife and dog mamma of 2. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with an emphasis on female hormone health and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida.

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Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

March 2, 2022 Post Comment Live Shows

Meet “What I Know” Storyteller Hannah Leland

Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Happy Saturday! Meet our first storyteller Hannah Leland and click here to RSVP to our upcoming “What I Know” show at Culture Lab, LIC!

Hannah Leland (she/they) is a math teacher and creative originally from Cleveland, Ohio. When they’re not solving for x, they enjoy painting, writing, and performing comedy around NYC. No matter the project, Hannah leads with a sense of humor. They are excited to participate in a storytelling event for the very first time!

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Mar 07 2022 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

“Anniversary Apart” Program

Jan 27 2022 @ 7:00PM

Show is tonight at 7 pm ET! If you haven’t already, register at nyti-anniversary-apart.eventbrite.com

The storytellers you are about to meet, met each other for the first time earlier this month and collaborated together to develop their true-life tales inspired by the theme “Anniversary Apart” on the page. Tonight they take the virtual stage to step into each other’s stories and experience perspectives and identities that are not their own.

Take a look at our storytellers.

Tonight’s Stories!

Watermelon “Sugar” written by Chris Crowthers, performed by Gabriela Martineau, and directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Bolivia written by Gabriela Martineau, performed by Jenna Struble, and directed by Amanda Sisk.

Fifty written by Jenna Struble, performed by Chris Crowthers, and directed by Amanda Sisk.

Donations

There is a $15 suggested tax-deductible donation in support of the series for tonight’s show. Pay what and only if you can – more is always welcome! Click here to donate.

Story Trivia

Pay careful attention because the show will end with a round of story trivia. Winners receive a $35 donation in their name to benefit Friends with Four Paws. Plus, a puppy named after you! 

Didn’t win a prize but want to donate to Friends with Four Paws? Visit their website friendswithfourpaws.org and follow them on social media @friendswithfourpaws

Thank you!!

Huge thanks to Noah Diamond, Amanda Sisk, and Timothy Lindner for all their work producing our third virtual show and for all their support as longtime alums and friends of No, YOU Tell It!

Shoutout to Jenn Wehrung for all her work volunteering with Friends with Four Paws and helping make tonight’s puppy prizes happen!

A Word from Kelly Jean

On a personal note, I’m excited to announce that this show also kicks off No, YOU Tell It’s 10-Year Anniversary Season. I created this series a decade ago and found purpose in helping people share in the stories that need to be told.

Switching stories to embody each other’s racial and cultural experiences in a live performance creates the kind of empathetic connections that are essential as we enter year three of this pandemic.

Want to support 10 more years? Here are 3 great ways:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter for updates.
  2. SHARE the No, YOU Tell It! Podcast far and wide. Available on our website and your fav podcasting platforms.
  3. DONATE through our fiscal sponsor The Field. Plus, it’s tax-deductible.

All my love,
Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

 

Event Information

Jan 27 2022 @ 7:00PM

via Zoom!

Meet “Anniversary Apart” Storyteller Chris Crowthers

Jan 27 2022 @ 7:00PM

Today is the adoption anniversary of our next storyteller’s dog, NILES, from our friends at Friends with Four Paws!

Come out (or log on, rather) to tomorrow’s show to play story trivia to support the #BettyWhiteChallenge and Friends with Four Paws where you’ll have the chance to have a puppy named after you! Click here to register. 

But first, meet our final “Anniversary Apart” storyteller, Chris Crowthers!

Chris Crowthers: Hailing from the midwest, Chris has now lived in NYC for 24 years.  He attended Indiana University and NYU: Tisch school of the Arts and had the opportunity to perform in several national tours, regional theaters and concerts and benefits in NYC.  Chris can be seen in commercials for Snickers, KIND Bars, and NYU Langone Health, as well as others. He now is a Fitness Instructor at Mark Fisher Fitness where he has the honor of training the most amazing humans on the planet.

Event Information

Jan 27 2022 @ 7:00PM

via Zoom!

Meet “Anniversary Apart” Storyteller Gabriela Martineau

Jan 27 2022 @ 7:00PM

Rehearsals begin tonight for No, YOU Tell It! “Anniversary Apart” – (click here to register) – each storyteller works with a theatrical director to help embody their partner’s story on the virtual stage. 

Let’s meet our next storyteller, Gabriela Martineau!

Gabriela Martineau is a Chicago-based actor, wedding planner, and creative. She has been acting for the stage most of her life but has never dabbled too far into the realm of writing, until now. Her other passion, wedding planning, started as a casual side business that has quickly turned into an exhilarating and dynamic small business. She continues to enjoy acting when possible, and what is acting if not storytelling? Gaby is very excited to be involved with this group, and can’t wait to show you all what stories we’ve got cooking!

Event Information

Jan 27 2022 @ 7:00PM

via Zoom!

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