TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
BETRAYAL is the theme of the thirty-third installment of TELL. Featuring Erica Caldwell, Amalia Q, Persephone Sarah Jane Smith, and Pamela Sneed.
$10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online! www.draecampbell.com.
Erica Cardwell is a writer and radical educator. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Hyperallergic, Sinister Wisdom, the Lightwork Annual, The Feminist Wire, Bitch Media, and EMERGE: An Anthology of the 2105 Lambda Literary Fellows. Erica hopes to complete a draft of her first book, Stone Fruit- a collection of personal essays by December.
Amalia Q is a latinx queer unicorn from LA. As the daughter of immigrant parents, the pull to overachieve and give back was immense; therefore, as of late, Amalia had been trying to practice self-care by slowing down and hanging out with tiny humans (aka kids). Amalia holds masters degrees from all the schools and knows a whole lot about microaggressions, substance use, and mental health. You can find Amalia on a dance floor near you!
Persephone Sarah Jane Smith (They/Them/Theirs)
A singer songwriter and poet that lives in Bushwick with far too many hobbies to list. Thier Latest endeavor is running for City Council in their District. Greatest skill though is telling Humorous stories from their tragic life.
Pamela Sneed is a New York based poet, writer and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art Forum, Black Book and The Huffington Post. She hosted Queer Art Film at the IFC in New York City. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998, KONG & other works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a chapbook Lincoln (2014). In 2015, she published the Chaplet Gift with Belladonna. She has performed for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM Cafe, Joes Pub, The Public Theater, Central Park Summer Stage, Bronx Summer Stage and recently Columbia University’s Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum and BRIC. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, The One Hundred Best African American Poems. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence as a guest faculty member and is an online Professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. She was a mentor/consultant for the poet-Linc program at Lincoln Center and directed a final show at Lincoln Center Atrium in 2016. She has recently presented at a symposium at NYU on Humor, Politics and the AIDs crisis. In summer 2016, she has received a residency at Denniston Hill and is an SAIC visiting artist in the MFA low residency program. She is completing a collection of short stories “Anna Mae/For Black Women Survivors,” and has a forthcoming chapbook Sweet Dreams with Belladonna2017.