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!

Watch “Anniversary Apart”

Thank everyone who was able to come out to No, YOU Tell It! “Anniversary Apart” the first show of our ten-year anniversary season!

It was truly incredible to hear those stories come to life and see such great performances from each of the storytellers. Click here for the show program.

Sad you missed? Good news! Watch the show here:

If you want, you can still make a $15 suggested tax-deductible donation in support of the series. Pay what and only if you can – more is always welcome! Click here to donate.

Year of No, YOU Tell It!

One of the things I’m most grateful for in 2021 was producing and hosting our first live No, YOU Tell It! show in two years at Culture Lab, LIC. Made possible, in part, by my #CityArtistCorps grant.

Preparations for the new year have begun and I am excited to get back out there in 2022 with more for our upcoming 10th anniversary!

CLICK HERE to help support our No, YOU Tell It! 2022: Ten-Year Anniversary Season. (Plus, your donation is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Field.)

Wishing everyone peace and love at the end of this often trying year – looking forward to swapping more stories in 2022!

Kelly Jean 

No, YOU Tell It! “Defiant”

Our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event is in two weeks! We’re teaming up with Lambda Literary again for a night of queer storytelling with a twist.

The four curated storytellers are working together to develop their true tales inspired by the theme “Defiant” on the page.

Come out to Culture Lab in Long Island City on 9/28 at 7 pm and watch as they swap and present each other’s stories on stage. Plus, literary prizes from The Astoria Bookshop!

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT.

Happy New Year!

From top left clockwise: Heather Quinlan, Sokunthary Svay, Gail Thomas, Charlotte Marchant, Nita Noveno, Calvin S. Cato, Nancy Agabian, Nicole Shawan Junior.

What an unexpected year for No, YOU Tell It!

We were rehearsing for our first show at Sunnyside Plays and looking forward to an in-person Lambda Literary story swap when COVID-19 cases exploded in NYC back in March. Our future quickly became uncertain and we weren’t sure if we’d be swapping stories ever again.

Despite technical difficulties, a different genre of performance, and a huge learning curve, we were pleased to deliver two virtual story swaps. We hope listening to the stories provided a needed respite.

Storytelling has both the power to elicit empathy and create connection, and though we couldn’t physically be together we hope both of these things came through the screen. We’re especially grateful to everyone who came out to support the storytellers. And if you missed the shows, check out our podcast!

Thank you so much to our storytellers, partners and sponsors, producers, and especially our audiences for making the best out of this chaotic virtual year.

Shows like these are possible because of your support – if you’d like to donate, you can do so here: thefield.org/sa/620242

Until next time, Happy New Year!