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Queer Memoir: Beg, Borrow, Steal

For our February event, Genne Murphy will be returning! Queer Memoir is New York’s only queer storytelling event. Let us know how many chairs to put out; RSVP on facebook.


M.J. COREY – Born in California, M.J. Corey grew up all over the country and ended up in New York City to attend Sarah Lawrence College. She writes about New York City, feminism, lesbian life, and rock music. Her creative non-fiction has been seen in The Brooklyn Rail, Killing the Buddha, and Shelf Life Magazine. Other work is published in Make/Shift Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine, Bend Over Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Freshly Hatched, VelvetPark, The Sentimentalist, Autostraddle and In addition to writing, M.J. conducts oral history interviews, promotes parties in the city and curates art shows.

JOE DUNGEE is a resident of Philadelphia, where he currently serves as the Business Manager for Equality Pennsylvania, a statewide LGBTQ rights group dedicated to achieving equality for queer Pennsylvanians through coalition-building, education, organizing and policy reform. Joe recently earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia and plans to go on to earn a BA at Temple University.

LEYLA ERASLAN Leyla Eraslan owes her unrepentant weirdness to a South Jersey upbringing and reading too many books. Her writing has been featured in City Paper, the Fringe Festival, PDC’s Primary Stages, Apiary Magazine, and more. She has performed as an actress and storyteller in the Five Minute Follies, Queer Memoir, and The Philadelphia Queer Literary Festival to name a few. She’s involved in a smattering of other artistic endeavors, and enjoys the word ’smattering’. Leyla’s passions include art, helping people, and drawing lips in the corners of her notebook.

CASEY PLETT is a former columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and has also been published in Line Zero, Cavalier Literary Couture, and Anomalous Press. She is a student and teacher at Columbia University, and when not living the uptown life she works at the Strand, where she helps you get books off the top shelf.


KELLI DUNHAM is a ex-nun, genderqueerious stand-up nerd comic and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. She has appeared on Showtime, the Discovery Channel and was once asked to emcee a livestock auction. Her website is She is the co-founder, with Genne Murphy, of Queer Memoir. Her hilarious new family-secret revealing show, Normal at Nite: Good Times & Family Matters with Perfect Strangers (a collaboration with R Eric Thomas) is debuting February 18th at NYC’s Stonewall Inn.

GENNE MURPHY is a Philadelphia native, playwright and arts educator. Her work has appeared on Philadelphia stages and radio.
Check out the upcoming production of her play, HOPE STREET AND OTHER LONELY PLACES with Azuka Theatre March 15-April 1: Genne is the co-producer, with Kelli Dunham, of Queer Memoir (


Queer Memoir: PETS

New York’s only queer storytelling event is back with a special guest curator, the amazing Sassafras Lowrey, editor of the Kicked Out anthology and nationally known storyteller.

Announcing the amazing line-up of storytellers:
Jessica Pabón
Julie Blair
Kelli Dunham
Sassafras Lowrey

Jessica Pabón received her MA in Women’s Studies with the completion of the project “Girls Unchained,” a mural by Claw, Dona, Lady Pink, and Miss 17. Now ABD in Performance Studies NYU, her dissertation analyzes the strategies of resistance employed by female graffiti writers navigating presence and belonging in a male-dominated subculture.

Julie Blair is a hack of all trades, a closeted musician, and ex-vlogger. She loves the internet so much she wants to live there. She works as a web developer, and runs a weekly drop-in internet development class that is 100% free for self-identified trans women.

Colten is an event planner, production manager, licensed barber, pet photographer and all-around dog-obsessed individual. He has been known to plan entire vacations around hitting all the right dog parks and dog boutiques and thinks this is totally normal behavior. Colten lives in Upstate New York with his partner and their dogs and identifies as a genderqueer transmasculine dog dad. For the past ten years, he has worked with his partner to create sex education films, present workshops around the world, and produce events. He has presented workshops about kink, trans sex, and service—this will be his first time talking about his life shared with animals. He is combining several of his passions to launch a new business venture in 2012, Dogged Pursuit Photography

Kelli Dunham is everyone’s favorite ex nun genderqueer nerdcomic., She is busy promoting her CD recording show in San Francisco and will submit a relevant bio as soon as she’s done.

Place “fierce” + “kind” in the same sentence & you’ll probably find allisonjoy. Their continuous work is a demonstration of their passionate commitment to social justice, whether it was as National Recruiter for ACORN, Co-Founder of media justice coalition R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop, National Organizer/touring member of We Got Issues, or Road Manager and performer for Mango Tribe. They have organized, created events, facilitated leadership & empowerment trainings and anti-oppression workshops with youth, women, & people of color all about North Amerika. As a Reiki Master Practitioner through their own practice, and with the Audre Lorde Project’s 3rd Space Wellness program, allisonjoy seeks to make holistic health care accessible to the LGBTSTGNC POC community. This queer pin@y believes in the strength in all of us, community building, art as activism, grassroots organizing, linking arms with all oppressed peoples, and manifesting visions of liberation! But, perhaps allisonjoy is most proud to be a dog-parent, a positive reinforcement trainer, and a member of the international Association of Pet Dog Trainers. This is where they’ve found that building healthy relationships, radical politics & practice, healing, joy, supportive learning, and transformative justice can reside. When they’re not geeking out teaching dog training classes, reading training & behavior books, and watching training science documentaries, they can be found playing with, learning with, and cuddling with their rescue dog, Cornbread Siopao who they co-parent with their partner, Kay. allisonjoy says, “But really, my dog rescued me.”

Sassafras Lowrey is an internationally award-winning storyteller, author, artist, and educator. Ze is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology, which brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth. Hir prose has been included in numerous anthologies and ze regularly teaches LGBTQ storytelling workshops at colleges and conferences across the country. Sassafras is a lifelong dog lover and lives in Brooklyn with hir partner, two dogs, and two cats. To learn more about Sassafras and hir work, visit

March 26: HOME

Our March line-up is off the hook! We’ll also be debuting our new “One Word Memoir” audience participation project.


Geleni Fontaine
Robin Cloud
Taueret Manu
Paul Blore
Kate Bovitch

Warning: This bio relentlessly and awkwardly resists gender pronounery! Geleni Fontaine is a fat, queer, Latina/o transperson; has been living and thriving in Park Slope, Brooklyn in the same apartment since the age of four; and has been witness to many layers of gentrification. As a lifelong poet Geleni has studied with Eileen Myles and other seasoned writers, and at many workshops including the Writer’s Voice at the West Side YMCA, but has been AWOL from the NYC poetry and writing landscape for many years. A licensed acupuncturist and registered nurse, Geleni is working to integrate a background in human rights and anti-violence activism with hands-on healing and empowerment work. Geleni is a former board member of the Audre Lorde Project, the first queer people of color center for community organizing in the U.S., and current board member of NOLOSE, an organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture. Today Geleni practices out of home, treating folks in a living room clinic and working to help them create personal and social change toward a loving and more just world.

ROBIN CLOUD is a New York City based comedian, writer and actor. Robin can be seen sharing her comedic observations to the masses at Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, The Broadway Comedy club and many more; at times in the form of characters Jerri Beige, Angela Davison and Super Cunt. Robin is also called upon to be the master of ceremonies and is proud to have teamed up with fantastic artists such as Toshi Reagon, Doria Roberts, and Brown Girls Burlesque Performance Group.

Robin’s sassy, politically charged delivery coupled with her on point character work has gotten the attention of the press and Robin was just included in GO NYC Magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love.
Robin’s solo show “Tales from the Big House” has been in the Fresh Fruit Festival, Emerging Artist Festival, and the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place. Tales is a comical coming of age story about a young African-American woman who gallantly claims her lesbian identity at the age of 16 only to find that coming out is only the beginning. Robin’s writing was highlighted in Time Out New York’s Gay Pride Issue as the quote of the week and feature story about comedians telling their hysterical coming out stories. In the fall of 2008, Robin was awarded a month long writing residency at the Hedgebrook. During her time there she developed a new solo show, which will debut later this year.

Taueret Manu is a New Yorker to the marrow. She loves the divine, sriracha, pitbulls, friction, hibiscus juice, pink prosecco, sexual currency, poetry, and rioting. She dislikes White Santa/White Jesus/White Male God, the prison industrial complex, and the NYPD.
She blogs at

Kate Bovitch is a third culture kid, on-and-off pop culture junkie, and one person craft revolution. Kate holds a BFA in Creative Writing and once wrote a master’s thesis on sexual desire and lesbian poetry.
The Boston Globe has called her “a series of contradictions”.

Paul Blore is a Philadelphia-based activist, public speaker, writer and performer. Currently, he is Director of Development for Power Up Gambia, bringing reliable energy to healthcare facilities in West Africa through solar power, as well as the Interim Development Coordinator at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. He’s written, directed and/or produced a number of creative works, including plays, movement pieces and a short film. He was also very involved in fundraising for the recent 50-State Story Tour of I’m From Driftwood, an online repository of first-person written and video stories from LGBT people all over the world.

As always, your hosts and producers:


KELLI DUNHAM is a ex-nun, butch-identified stand-up comic and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by a conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. She has appeared on Showtime, the Discovery Channel and was once asked to emcee a livestock auction. Her website is She is the co-founder, with Genne Murphy, of Queer Memoir.

GENNE MURPHY is a Philadelphia native, playwright, and arts educator. She is the co-founder, with Kelli Dunham, of Queer Memoir ( She’s passionate about the intersection of the arts, social change, and community-building. Genne works for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a local arts education non-profit, and is involved with initiatives to expand new play development in her hometown.