Storytellers | How to Build a Fire: Witness

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SHEBA LEGEND: Despite turbulent years of teen abandonment, poverty, and violence, Sheba Legend slid her way into New York City’s illustrious ’80s club scene, from dishwasher to big club DJ running in the same circles as Warhol, Haring, and her very close friend Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sheba retreated from the art and music world for nearly two decades. Through random jobs and her daily visits to the soup kitchen, she continued to view the world through her eyes—those of a creative woman who embraced her masculine side. Recognizing a need to express herself artistically and recognizing a persistent lack of masculine women being wholly accepted by the masses, she grabbed a camera and founded MasculineUs. By photographing, interviewing, and filming women who embrace their natural strength, Sheba aims to officially document and record a history of this demographic in hopes of challenging the systemic abuse they face on a daily basis.

CECILY SCHULER: Cecily Schuler is a 2016 MFA candidate at the Pratt Institute in Writing and Social Activism, in Brooklyn, NY. A 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference contributor, Cecily’s work can be found in The Offing, Fairy Tale Review, Wicked Banshee, Ellipsis, and Duende, and has been anthologized in great weather for MEDIA and Fire Stories: Further Thoughts on Radically Re-thinking Mental Illness. Cecily’s chapbook, 296, chronicling the author’s experience living with multiple mental health diagnoses, is available from Next Left Press. Cecily co-founded and manages Union Square Slam, a weekly poetry open mic/slam in the heart of every New York City Tuesday.

HARRY TERJANIAN: New York born comedian, writer, and actor, Harry Terjanian, started his career at 18, doing stand-up in the grimy comedy clubs of New York City.As a standup and sketch comedian Harry has appeared as part of the Chicago Just for Laughs Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival and is a recepient of The Andy Kaufman Award. In addition to apearing on Sirius radio and MTV, Harry has toured nationally performing at such prestegious venues as New York’s Town Hall Theater, the Johnny Carson theater, amoung others. He has also opened for the likes of Kurt Metzger (Comedy Central) and Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and currently resides in the New York City area and is a graduate of New York University (That’s where the “smart” in “smart-ass” comes from…he thinks).

ROBERT WHITEHEAD: Robert Whitehead is a poet and literary translator. He received his MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, and has been awarded fellowships from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, Ashbery Home School, The Rensing Center, and Vermont Studio Center. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from Assaracus, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, LIES/ISLES, Verse Daily, Upstart and elsewhere. He has been nominated for Best New Poets 2014, and his poetry manuscript, The Devouring Species, was recently a finalist for YesYes Books Open Reading Period. He is currently the Development Associate in Grants at BRIC. He lives in Crown Heights and is attempting a queer translation of the Bible.


Matthew Barbehenn’s fiction has been published in several Canadian and Australian literary magazines, but very few American ones. He has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at Temple University, The Community College of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia University. He is currently working on several projects, including a book of short fiction and something that might one day be a novel. He has been living in New York for one month and he gets lost on a daily basis.

Karen Stevenson is a technologist, journalist, and media entrepreneur who has lived in Brooklyn since the turn of the century.

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