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 • 116 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
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
The guy who wrote Alice in Tumblr-Land taught me high school english for two years.
These guys used to stay after school and write quotes on the whiteboard:
I used to come dressed up as Max from Where the Wild Things Are:
That’s just the way it was.
17 May 2014 • 217 notes
I found some old zines I made back before I knew there would be a book of these fairy tales. They’ve got a couple illustrations and lines that never made it anywhere else.
If you want one, write me a story or a picture or something:
30-49 33rd St, #6
Astoria, NY 11102
Yeah! Send me anything you’d like, and I’ll send you back a zine!
15 May 2014 • 358 notes
writing more love letters, drawing more love stories…
3 May 2014