(because we are ALL storytellers)

Queer Memoir is a  NYC-based storytelling event for the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming community. Queer Memoir is an opportunity to give voice to our collective queer experiences as well as preserve and document our complex queer history.

At each Queer Memoir event, we host some of Queer New York’s best known performers, and folks who have never been on a stage in their lives and bring them together to celebrate the ritual and community building value of storytelling.


The motto of the well known Moth story performance series is “real stories told live without notes” while the motto of Queer Memoir is “real stories told live with whatever you need to get your story told.”

That means use notes, bring your friends, bring your ukele, use your herbal relaxation, ask us for support, ask the audience for support….(for more info on this and what makes Queer Memoir different than other NYC events, check out our post on The Seven Traditions of Queer Memoir) We are committed to hearing a wide range of stories, from a wide range of voices and we will work with you to help you get ready for the Queer Memoir “stage.”

Please sign up for the Queer Memoir mailing list if you’ve like to be kept up to date about our shows, upcoming themes and call for stories. Never more than two emails a month.

About some of our past shows…..

Last year we celebrated our sixth anniversary at packed house for the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays..


Persephone Smith shares. Photo credit Tom Leger

queer memoir naked in time out

Our fifth anniversary show (Queer Memoir: NAKED) was amazing. We were a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick; nearly 150 people came out. There was plenty of metaphorical as well as some actual nakedness!

In September, we hosted Queer Memoir: EULOGY FOR A DYKE BAR at Macon Reed’s um, recreated dyke bar.


Queer Memoir SUMMER. We boarded the train at the Atlantic Pacific stop on a Sunday morning at 11 am, got on and…told stories. it was an amazing morning and some of the folks on the train even stayed on past their stops hear the end of the “show.” Here Erica Cardwell shares a story about her childhood in Baltimore that transported us completely……


IMG_0863Earlier last year we had an amazing show Queer Memoir 50+; it was guest curated by Stephanie Shroeder and Ryn Hodez: the event brought together storytellers who ranged in age from 50 to 97 years old and shared stories about everything from escape Berlin during World War II to paying for sex in the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, our Queer Memoir: WHAT IS TUZ event, which was guest curated by film-maker Nadia Awad, was recorded and was presented as part of the Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI. You can listen to the whole event online.

And who can forget Queer Memoir: DISORDER, which happened less than a week after Hurricane Sandy. The venue was still without electricity but the queers really wanted to get together, so turned one of the producer’s apartments into a venue…

Queer memoir in the apartment

In summer 2017,  we will be running a series of workshops to bring new work, new faces and new stories into the Queer Memoir family, keep your eyes here or on  facebook for schedules and times.  All Queer Memoir workshops are free, although if participants want to give a donation to help with expenses we don’t turn that down.

Our biggest push in the coming year will be working with folks who have shared at Queer Memoir in the past to guest curate a Queer Memoir event of their own. To learn more about how to participate, visit our submissions page

We’re always on the prowl for venues that would work for Queer Memoir events: if you know of an non-bar, wheelchair accessible, all ages space that might be a good rental choice for us, please contact kellidunham at gmail dot com and let us know.  We are also always looking for community partners for events as well!