Storytellers for HtBaF: Flying Shoes

How to Build a Fire: Flying Shoes | Storytellers


ERICA RIVAFLOWZ BUDDINGTON: Through her writing Erica aspires to inspire the world. Dedicated to telling the story of her diaspora and women everywhere; she spends her mornings lecturing our next generation and her evenings scribing tales that will help to mold their perspectives. Buddington is the Director at an arts’ non-profit, a freelance writer, HBO Def Poet, and graphic designer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and when she’s not traveling and performing or working with her students, she’s working on finishing her first novel.

Stacie Evans lives in Brooklyn, in a real “neighborhood neighborhood” where people ring the bell to borrow sugar or eggs and then leave fresh-baked cookies or a bottle of fancy olive oil or wine as a thank you. She has a lot of stories, and many of them are about her mother. She is a three-time alum of VONA Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color, and a frequent reader at Big Words, Etc. Stacie writes essays, stories, and poems. She is also writing and drawing a comic called Adventures in Racism. She is known for telling a LOT of stories and for being an excellent continuous talker – able to pick up a story exactly where she left off, no matter how many interruptions. But at least she now allows interruptions. As a toddler, she would shut down anyone who stepped into her story, shouting: “Stacie talking to you now!” Well … and here we are, and Stacie’s going to talk to you now.

FREDERICK MCKINDRA: Frederick McKindra was born in Little Rock, AR. He attended Howard University in Washington DC, and received his MFA in Fiction writing from the New School in New York City. Currently, Frederick is at work on a contemporary novel exploring identity and the dual desperations of desiring straight white boys and playing the Lotto–Humbert Humbert meets Frank Wheeler meets the Invisible Man. He contributes regularly to the Lambda Literary blog.

RAJAT SINGH: Rajat Singh is an essayist who’s lived, worked, and written in New York since 2008. He holds an MA in anthropology and a BA in Latin, and bears many scars from working in the fashion industry. His writing appears in Moving Truth(s), an anthology of queer South Asian stories on family, and he’s a staff writer for Kajal magazine. Ever the troglodyte, he’s warily embracing social media and learning how to tweet @ruhjut.

RAY VOLTA: Ray Volta is a painter, a squirrel whisperer, and a mover of peoples’ homes and art. He is a lifelong New Yorker who rides a motorcycle, but is not a “biker.” You can view one of his paintings zooming down the street on the back of a Rabbit Movers’ truck.

MICHAEL A. YOUMANS: Michael is a 17th street local, having lived on the block since 2001. He loves to drink coffee, complain about politics, talk sh*t on all subjects and verbally abuse anything within vocal range. He has been called arrogant, rude, inconsiderate, argumentative, tactless and worst of all, a yuppie – and this from the people who actually like him. He considers himself a simple Parkslopian.


Kate Hill Cantrill is the author of the short story collection, Walk Back From Monkey School, published from Press 53. She has been awarded fellowships from the Michener Center For Writers, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Jentel Artists Residency. For more than three years she curated the Rabbit Tales Reading and Performance Series in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and prior to that the Utter Reading Series in Austin, Texas.

Dennis Norris II holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He’s won several awards and fellowships for his short fiction from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, The NYS Summer Writers Institute and the Vermont Studio Center, and was recently named a 2015 Kimbilio Fellow. His short stories either appear, or are forthcoming in Bound Off, and Madcap Review. He is a curriculum coordinator for the Harlem Children’s Zone and a Basic Skills Instructor for Figure Skating in Harlem. He firmly believes that gossip is a writers’ unalienable right, that mimosas should not be limited to brunch, and that the two are not mutually exclusive.

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In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artist Exhibition

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Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
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