Los Angeles! I’m in your city, and I’m in a storytelling show tonight at 8 (T+T Stories, The Aftermath & Buck Ball’s Late Night Mic) and a comedy show tomorrow night at 9 (Uncle Lou’s Safe Place) if you’re around for such things. As proof of my whereabouts, above is a photo of me standing in front of one of your tar pits / some fake mammoths. The sun here is bright.
26 August 2014 • 1 note
This summer, The New York Public Library is celebrating the excitement and personal joy of reading with the #ireadeverywhere campaign. My contribution comes to you live from the Tumblr HQ ping pong table. Where are you reading this month? Show the world and use the #ireadeverywhere tag!
Tumblr HQ ping pong table!
And here is my addition to #ireadeverywhere: me reading in the Nook. There is an extra 5x5 foot space attached to my bedroom, and instead of turning it into a closet or an office, I made a secret hideout fashioned after the inside of a genie lamp. The Nook, my favorite quiet place.
22 August 2014 • 1,136 notes
This is tomorrow and it’s going to be awkward! I mean, great!
4 August 2014
I just started teaching with BookUp, National Book Foundation's non-profit that puts writers into after school and summer programs to basically just have fun with reading. It is the coolest thing ever.
I had my first session with the soon-to-be fifth graders at the Cross Island YMCA in Hollis, Queens, on Tuesday. I read some fairy tales from Alice in Tumblr-land and gave the group a sneak peak behind my super-secret writing process. Then they came up with these kickass fairy tales!
10 July 2014 • 121 notes
For the past six weeks, I’ve been teaching a Writing for College Readiness course at St. Joseph’s in Brooklyn. Catholic Charities and St. Joseph’s provided the class free of charge for adults interested in returning to school.
Though the purpose of the course was to improve academic writing, we took a personal approach, writing true stories from our lives and using that as a starting point to study strong sentences, revision techniques, etc. It was more engaging than BSing five-paragraph essays, more real, and taught more long-lasting lessons.
We met Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:50, and Saturdays from 8:15-3:00. Students shared stories about their children, about their successes and failures, and about their childhoods. I told stories about my girlfriend and my grandmothers.
Tonight was our last session. We invited family and friends, set up a table with snacks and drinks, and we stood in front of the room and read our favorite pieces.
After all the heartfelt goodbyes, the whirlwind of emotions from spending all this time together, I was left alone in the room. What are you supposed to do with all these feelings? There are so many good people in this world, and each of them deserves so much.
7 July 2014 • 1 note
Tim Manley on Retrospective from Jen Lee on Vimeo.
Here’s a conversation I had with Jen Lee about Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings and Alice in Tumblr-land for her podcast, Retrospective.
It was a quiet October morning and we were drinking tea. I felt comfortable speaking honestly.
Watch the clip above or listen to the full interview on her site or download on iTunes.
29 June 2014 • 50 notes
"thank you cards"
now showing at the front window of Shua Group
340 summit ave
thanks, thanks, thanks.
23 June 2014 • 278 notes
Raw stories paired with raw burlesque.
The Slipper Room
I’m honored to be telling a story, a story that is like a quiet moment before bed when you feel quiet and safe and grateful and sad.
See you there.
21 June 2014
NYC Friends! This Thursday, we are celebrating the release of Courtney Maum's killer debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. There will be food, drink, music, and storytelling. I will be telling a story! It will be a night to remember, and you should come. xo
9 June 2014 • 30 notes
Today I sat and drew pictures inside this giant sculpture, Queen Mother of Reality, by Pawel Althamer, at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria. It was as amazing as it looks.
17 May 2014