Queer Memoir is New York's community-based LGBT storytelling multi-venue series. This month's theme is TRANSFORMATION. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.
Every month, we host some of New York's queer world's best known performers, and folks who have never been on a stage in their lives.
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With this month's storytellers: JEN KEEFE JES TOM STACY E. ROGERS SUZANNE HITCHMAN TAUERET PANTHERELLA VIRGINIA VITZTHUM HOSTED BY KELLI DUNHAM
JEN KEEFE Like most other people with glasses that look like hers, Jen is an aspiring comedian, actress, story-teller, and improviser. A proud graduate of the improv program at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, Jen has performed at NPR's The Moth's Story-Slam, random open mics in NYC, and last May her high school PAID her to do stand-up during a mandatory all-school assembly. Jen loves Kelly Clarkson and reading the New York Post unironically.
JES TOM Jes Tom is a comedian and actor based in New York City. Jes is a new voice in stand-up comedy, gleefully providing the genderqueer Asian American radican separatist perspective that everything never knew they wanted. A San Francisco native, Jes has performed alongside prominent West Coast personalities Marga Gomez, D’Lo, and the Zodiac Killer (he was never caught, so this might be true). In NYC, Jes can be found scowling in the corner at comedy open mics all over Manhattan, at their day job selling dildos to the wealthy, and in their pajamas at 2pm, having just woken up
STACY E. ROGERS A native New Yorker, Stacy Rogers is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She has served as a teacher of literature and a psychological counselor for the New York City Department of Education for 20 years. A world traveler, Stacy’s writing captures her experiences in faraway places and reveals the ways in which she returned home, each time, profoundly transformed. “The Intent of Bhutan”, “Solace in Similarity”, and “Truth in Tiananmen” are among her collection of essays in her memoir, Transformation through Travel.
SUZANNE HITCHMAN Suzanne Hitchman is a recent Brooklyn transplant by way of San Francisco, by way of Washington, DC, by way of New Jersey. She’s a comedic improviser, a former middle school social worker and a present-day unemployed person trying to navigate Obamacare. She’s performed Improv at the Del Close Marathon and SF Sketchfest and is currently a student at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
TAUERET PANTHERELLA Taueret is a femme-identified writer, performer, activist and educator living in Brooklyn. She is not afraid to tell you what she thinks, and you will be probably be much better off for hearing it.
VIRGINIA VITZTHUM Virginia Vitzthum has written for publications including the Village Voice, Ms., the Washington City Paper, ELLE, alternet, Time Out New York, the Huffington Post and was a columnist for salon.com and for washingtonpost.com (as Emily Matewell). She’s also written two books, a play, and a screenplay; worked with several theater companies; and edited many publications. She currently edits Represent, a national magazine written by and for youth in foster care.
And with your host, Queer Memoir co-founder KELLI DUNHAM Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun butch nerdcomic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queers of 2011, was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist and has appeared on Showtime and the Discovery Channel. Kelli is also an RN and the author of five books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Kelli’s fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection of humorous essays published by Topside Press caused award-winning author Barbara Carellas to give Kelli the moniker “the David Sedaris of the genderqueer dyke world”
Kelli has released four comedy CDs: “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” “Almost Pretty,” “Why Is the Fat One Always Angry” and “Trigger Warning” all which are on regular rotation on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Rawdog Comedy Station and Pandora’s Margaret Cho Station.