What a year!

Happy 2022!

Get your copy at The Astoria Bookshop or Amazon.

What an amazing year! We celebrated the 10-year anniversary of No, YOU Tell It! with three stellar shows you can still WATCH online.

  • WATCH No, YOU Tell It! “Anniversary Apart” – Kicking off our anniversary season in January, watch storytellers Chris Crowthers, Gaby Martineau, and Jenna Struble swap tales from our virtual show, “Anniversary Apart”
  • WATCH No, YOU Tell It! “What I Know”  – In celebration of March being women’s history month, storytellers developed true tales inspired by the theme “What I Know” on the page. Watch them step into each other’s life experiences on stage. Featuring: Michele Carlo, Julia Granacki, Hannah Leland, and Sheria Mattis
  • WATCH No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” – For our September Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Event, storytellers who write for the page and the stage developed true stories inspired by the theme “Punch Up.” Featuring: Jenn Wehrung, Aida Zilelian, Matt Storrs, and Maria Rubio. Plus, guest host Ellie Dvorkin Dunn

In November, we also launched the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022 with the first in-person event at The Astoria Bookshop since March 2020.

If you haven’t purchased your copy, the anthology is not just a powerhouse collection but provides behind-the-scenes insights into starting and growing a literary series over a decade.

Available at The Astoria Bookshop and Amazon. The eBook has links to listen to the live performances of all the stories via the No, YOU Tell It! podcast. Buy a copy and spread the word to support ten more years!

2022 also marked the return to my memoir-writing residency with the seventh graders in New Jersey.

Plus, new in-person creative writing workshops at Sunnyside Arts

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All my best this holiday season,
Kelly Jean

Please consider No, YOU Tell It! in your end-of-year giving

Click here to support 10 more years!

By making a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, The Field.

Astoria Bookshop Anthology Event!

Join us tonight, 11/10 from 7-8 pm, at The Astoria Bookshop for a special IN-STORE, masked event celebrating the No, YOU Tell It! anthology with ME, and Queens contributors Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, and Jeff Wills. Plus, the chance to trade your own tiny true tale. 

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Tickets are limited as the bookshop keeps their in-person events super small. Click here for more information and to grab your $5 ticket (redeemable for $5 off any book in the store) to SAVE YOUR SPOT!

Can’t make it out tonight? Click here to grab a copy of the anthology from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop.  You can also purchase online from Palm Circle Press.

No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” and anthology release!

Celebrate the culmination of a decade of helping people share in each other’s stories at No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” TONIGHT!! Click here for the show program.

Join us in person at Culture Lab, LIC or view the live stream here.

Plus, a chance to win the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022, now available in paperback and eBook (with links to listen to live performances of the stories through the No, YOU Tell It! podcast).


This show 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.

10 More Years of No, YOU Tell It!

MAY marks the official 10-year anniversary of No, YOU Tell IT! and my birthday month! Give a listen to our very first show from May 2012 available on Audioboom, or on your preferred podcasting platform.

Help create 10 more years of switched-up storytelling! Donate here toward our goal of $2,300 raised in celebration of our anniversary and my birthday on 5/23.

What does your tax-deductible donation support? So happy you asked!

  • $25 helps provide literary prizes for story trivia at the live shows in support of local authors and independent bookstores.
  • $50 goes toward administrative fees, such as our Field membership and hosting costs for our website and podcast.
  • $100 supports the storytellers who commit hours of their time to two story development meetings and a theatrical rehearsal prior to the live show.
  • $300 secures experienced story coaches and directors who support our storytellers from page to stage.
  • $500 enables us to provide a professional live stream of the event to broadcast this unique event to an even larger audience. See what this looks like in the video below!

What separates our series is the collaborative time put into each show. This extensive workshop process is a blessing, but the time commitment can also be a challenge for participants and the creative team.

Therefore, as we strive toward a new decade of No, YOU Tell It!, we are dedicated to compensating all of the artists involved. Any size donation is greatly appreciated and goes to the artists.

Don’t have the funds right now? Support our series with a FB like or Insta follow and share our podcast on your favorite socials.

Thank you to all who have been a part of a wonderful 10 years!

“Beloved” Teen Workshop

As part of The Center for Fiction’s NEA Big Read programming for Toni Morrison’s Beloved, I’m honored to lead this free close reading and personal narrative writing workshop for students in grades 11 and 12.

Held on Saturdays from April 30th through May 21st, students will examine the various ways memory takes shape in the novel and then mine their memories to create personal narratives. Students should apply by April 13th here.