Friday, February 11, 2011

Shameless Self-Promo Moment: Be My (Abridged) Valentine?

Interrupting your regularly unscheduled programming to plug a genius story-telling event I've been asked to participate in this coming Valentine's Day at NYC's 92Y Tribeca. The event, produced by SMITH Magazine, is a Time Out New York's Critic's choice, made The New Yorker's list of notable goings on and is going to be an ever-loving blast. If you're in town, please come be my six word valentine.

Details: SMITH Magazine is famously known for its six word memoir project, an abridged story-weaving exercise that's spread like wildfire and spawned books, story-slams, party games, etc. The memoirs range from hilarious ("Married by Elvis, divorced by Friday.") to disturbing ("Dear Glee, you saved my life.") to gut-wrenching (Hemmingway, regardless of how you feel about him, was the master. His: "Baby shoes for sale. Never worn.").

The NYC Valentine's Day themed event includes live music, getting sloshed at 92Y's well-stocked bar, audience members sharing their own memoirs, and featured memoirs + their back stories from a panel of well-loved and/or up-and-coming writers. Here's the line-up:

Deborah Copaken Kogan ("Shutterbabe")

Elizabeth Wurtzel ("Prozac Nation")

Baratunde Thurston (The Onion & co-founder, Jack & Jill Politics)

Darin Strauss ("Half a Life")

Rachel Sklar (Editor-at-Large,

Michele Carlo ("Fish Out Of Agua: My Life On Neither Side Of The (Subway) Tracks")

Sara Barron ("People are Unappealing")

me, parentheticalled with ("The Trouble With Poet" blog and forthcoming book, "Delicate Fucking Flower: Sweet Poems by Sour Girls")

.... as well as Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero turning audience members' six word memoirs into short songs.

How I ended up getting asked to participate with this list of writers is beyond me; I'm out of my depths. My goals are to not fall down en route to the stage and to not nervously shake like an f-ing crackbaby while I read off my memoir and the story behind it. I won't post the memoir and set-up I'll be slamming that night, but I will post the six words I almost used:

"Next Station: Your Worst Date Ever."

 The story involves a potential reject from the cast of The Jersey Shore, a set of train tracks, a Ford Probe, six police cars and one wet, gold, snakeskin dress. Tickets HERE. Hope to see you there.


  1. Sounds like an incredible blast. I need to venture out of the country and back to the city sometime soon.

  2. I love your blog. It makes me feel like I'm actually there in New York City taking part in all of this stuff through your experiences.

  3. @Dale and Michael: why read about it? Book a flight sometime and come visit us. We really are nicer than you'd think.

  4. I've no doubt you will be just sensational! Have fun ...

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  7. Looking forward to the next station - a soaking wet gold dress? Priceless.

  8. very cool and insight full my eyes are burning out of my skull!

  9. Dear Kimberly,
    Fear not, the waters are warm and you have not waded out too far. Go get 'em girl! ;)
    P.S. This is when I wish I still lived in New York.

  10. We want to come to 'New York because of your blog!

  11. Kimberly,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought I should return the favor. What a fun experiene for you on Valentine's Day! I am green with's such a big city activity. Have a great time. I'm looking forward to reading the post that reveals all.

  12. first time here...anyway, just be yourself or who you want to be and you'll wow 'em! I'd like to know more about the "six word" thingy... I'll read on.

  13. i went to new york last month with the love of my life, and you have just helped me re-live the moment.....

  14. It is wounderful. L like this holiday and I really like your post!^_^

  15. A six-word story slam? How cool.

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