Freak of Nurture ON THE ROAD and now in Philly!

WHAT DID FREAK OF NURTUR DO OVER SUMMER VACATIONWe had a great time this summer with FREAK OF NURTURE! We started off with a standing room only (how ironic is that) kick off event at the Sealy Cuyler Funeral Home,

Bright green. Art deco. What could be better?

Bright green. Art deco. What could be better?

 

Kelli definitely dreamed about this moment when she was a nun.

Kelli definitely dreamed about this moment when she was a nun.

 

New York queer performance superstars Elizabeth Whitney and Lea Robinson acted out the 2011 The Year I Stopped Getting Invited to Parties.

New York queer performance superstars Elizabeth Whitney and Lea Robinson acted out the 2011 The Year I Stopped Getting Invited to Parties.

You can watch the extranormal bears telling the same story, here.

Then there a collective reading with a bunch of other amazing queer writers at Bluestockings in New York's lower east side. For that occasion, Kelli got so excited she wore a shirt with a collar!

Then there a collective reading with a bunch of other amazing queer writers at Bluestockings in New York’s lower east side. For that occasion, Kelli got so excited she wore a shirt with a collar!

Later in the summer, Kelli performed FREAK OF NURTURE the SHOW in Ann Arbor

Because Kelli needs a great big huge rainbow flay behind her to be MORE gay. Yeah that makes sense.

Because Kelli needs a great big huge rainbow flay behind her to be MORE gay. Yeah that makes sense.

There is really no reason for Kelli to be wearing those ears. None.

There is really no reason for Kelli to be wearing those ears. None.

Then there were the Topside Press events, with authors like Imogene  Binnie and Red Durkin in Chicago and then Madison, Wisconsin.  Where Imogene performed Red’s material, of course.

IMOGENE PERFORMS RED MATERIAL

Can you guess which story this is? Hint: it involves a surprising hare.

Even though she only got one photo of all the performers at Madison, Kelli did manage to take approximately a million photos of the feline art at the Madison venue which was called, appropriately enough, Java Cat.

One of over 1000 iconic cat images found on walls of the lesbian owned coffeehouse

One of over 1000 iconic cat images found on walls of the lesbian owned coffeehouse

 

And if you didn't think there were enough cat images, you could bring a photo of your cat!

And if you didn’t think there were enough cat images, you could bring a photo of your cat!

And then, a little trip down memory lane…

ME AND AIDAN AT READING AT MADISON

Kelli ran into a Aidan, someone Kelli has known since the 90s! They used to volunteer at the Catholic Worker Free Clinic in Phily. Aidan was a tween and volunteered with their dad, Kelli was fresh out of the convent. Memories!

And later Kelli headed out to Colorado State University.

Students sent to take notes. At a comedy show. It's a weird life to be sure.

Students sent to take notes. At a comedy show. It’s a weird life to be sure.

Kelli will be doing a reading/performance in Philadelphia on September 26th at William Way in Philadelphia, and again in Provincetown in October…and lots of places in between. For the most up to the minute schedule, sign up for Kelli’s mailing list. 

Want to bring Kelli to your school, workplace, college, coffeeshop, or a county fair near you? Check out her booking info.

 

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Dude, Why A Funeral Home?

When we were making the plans for the NYC Release Party of Freak of Nurture I talked with the lovely women at the Sealy Cuyler Funeral Home* about having the reading there. They sagely asked “Why a funeral home? Are you at all worried that this will make people uncomfortable?”

The short answer is : Yo, I’ve had two partners die in a period of seven years. Of the same disease. At the same exact age. I make people uncomfortable by walking in the room. Let’s have some fun with it!

If you’re still not down with the idea of coming to a funeral home for a book party, I came up with a list of reasons why it’s going to be awesome. Pick your favorite:

1. Opportunity to see the inside of a really cool, bright green funeral home without someone you love dying.

See? Totally cool looking.

See? Totally cool looking.

2. Deal with your own fear of death for free instead of paying your sliding scale therapist  to say annoying things like “how does that make you feel?” when it’s already 100 percent obvious how you feel.

3. Be able to cruise for a date in a funeral home setting without being a complete anti-social jerk.

4. Laugh really hard at the readings I’ll be doing and thus reinforce neural pathways that deal with trauma AND help you remember where you left your apartment keys.

5. Have something cool to do on a Saturday afternoon so you can go home and watch teeveee on Saturday night with a clear social conscience.

6. Space is all ages and wheelchair accessible and vegan. Well mostly it’s vegan because you can’t serve food there on account of the board of health prohibiting eating & drinking at funeral homes. So much for my funeral home/frozen pizza theme restaurant idea.

7. Cause you’re a badass.

8. Cause you’re a New Yorker and you think things like this are cool and you might even wear your skinny jeans and flannel shirt just to show how ironically not ironic about being ironic you are.

9. Cause you want to support me on my big day, and you know I’m never going to have a wedding because of my Black Widow reputation. I mean, not saying I CAUSE cancer, just saying you probably shouldn’t get married to me if you’ve ever been a smoker or worked in an asbestos factory.

10. Because you’re going to laugh your head off. But not literally. But even if you did literally laugh your head off, no worries because you’re totally already at a funeral home.

The NYC release party is Saturday, May 18th at 4 pm at Sealy Cuyler Funeral Home 1084 Pacific (C or S to Franklin Avenue) Brooklyn NY 11238. Totally free. More details and updates on the facebook event.

* Sealy Cuyler is women-owned, and POC owned. And they’re really kind and caring and knowledgeable and LGBTfriendly. So if your plans call for use of funeral home, I bet they’d be a good pick.