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Women of Letters storytelling series comes to NYC

Written by
Tiffany Gibert

Australian literary salon phenomenon Women of Letters continues its New York offshoot at Joe’s Pub. The premise, like all the best storytelling events, is simple: Invite people to read original writing onstage, and see what humorous and heart-warming moments happen. As opposed to the infamous Moth StorySLAM!, where anyone with a story can participate, Women of Letters invites the best and brightest talent from diverse fields—including writers, musicians, politicians, comedians—and, yes, they’re all women. In addition to showcasing female talent, the series also highlights the lost art of letter-writing. In other words, the name “Women of Letters” is pretty literal. Guests are given a theme and then share their freshly penned letters, guaranteeing that each installment is original and moving.

Women of Letters' NYC producer Trish Nelson says, "I've been a performer, producer—and a woman—all of my life, and I've never seen anything like Women of Letters before. To witness these strong, intelligent, brilliant ladies coming together onstage and openly sharing their personal intimate experiences, struggles, and humor is a powerful, unifying, and uplifting experience. New York needs a show like this. Women need a show like this."

At the second New York event on December 9, co-curators Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy welcome Kristin Hersh, Meg Wolitzer, Sara Benincasa, Adrienne Truscott, Aparna Nancherla and Rachel Antonoff; they’ll each present “a letter to my broken rule." Tickets for are on-sale now for $20, but we've got a special deal for you: use the code WOMEN to get discounted tickets for $15!

Women of Letters will return to Joe’s Pub every month; the lineups are still in the works but here’s a sneak-peak at the great talent you can expect in the future:

January: Guests include cabaret star Bridget Everett—and don't miss our recent Q&A with her!

February: Writer and comedic storyteller Kambri Crews will grace the stage.

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