WORD Presents No, YOU Tell It!

04/20/2023 - 7:00pm

Write your story. Perform someone else’s.

Join us at WORD Brooklyn for an evening of storytelling with No, YOU Tell It!

FREE EVENT! Limited Seating + Additional Standing Room; RSVP below

Masks appreciated!

*Please note event space is only accessible by stairs; we do not have an elevator.*


No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology Event


In 2022, No, YOU Tell It!  (noyoutellit.com) celebrated 10 years of switched-up storytelling with the launch of a vibrant anthology that illustrates the series’ development over the past decade.

No, YOU Tell It! storytellers work together to develop true tales on the page, then swap stories to embody their partner’s culture, identity, and life experience on stage. Audiences bear witness as story partners share in each other’s emotions directly instead of empathizing from a distance.

Join producers Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and Erika Iverson for behind-the-scenes insights on creating a new kind of nonfiction series. Hear anthology selections from Brooklyn contributors Michele Carlo and Alexandra Gray. Plus, generate and trade your own tiny true tale! 

Follow @noyoutellit for more.



Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons (producer) is a writer, educator, and storyteller. Her nonfiction work has appeared in HILOBROW, Marie Claire, Hippocampus Magazine, and she is the editor of the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022, available from Palm Circle Press. Kelly Jean is also a college essay writing instructor through The Center for Fiction and at several NYC high schools helping students find and craft personal essays that open a window into their unique character for admissions officers. Learn more at kellyjeanfitzsimmons.com.

Erika Iverson (producer) is a New York based theatre artist, writer and storyteller. She is proud to be part of the creative team at No, YOU Tell It! where she serves as director, dramaturg, and cheerleader for non-linear storytelling. Erika has performed at The Cornelia Street Café, the Abington Theatre Company, The Knitting Factory, and Judson Street Church. She created original roles as a featured actor with the Magis Theatre Company and This Is Not A Theatre Company. In addition to her work with No, YOU Tell It! she has directed shows for One Woman Standing and the United Solo Festival.

Michele Carlo (anthology contributor) is a writer, storyteller (and sometime actor) who has told stories across the U.S., including the MOTH’s Mainstage in NYC, the RISK! and Story Collider live shows and podcasts, on NPR and the WGBH-PBS series “Stories from the Stage.” She is also the author of the NYC-set memoir Fish Out of Agua and is a contributor to several literary anthologies. michelecarlo.com

Alexandra Gray (anthology contributor) is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn. She has created work for Dixon Place, St. Ann’s Warehouse, LaMama, HERE, I.R.T. Theater, and other indie venues. Her latest play is called Tongue-Tied, which examines the relationship between accent and identity, and explores what it means to speak with an authentic voice. Look for excerpts of her work in the upcoming issue of Tho Win, the literary magazine of Augsburg University.


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