Since 2009, How I Learned has featured some of the best live storytelling, comedy, and readings in New York City. It all happens a couple of times a year, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you'll have the best night of you life on those nights, repeatedly.


Okay, January. Here comes our first anniversary and our 2010 debut. After a brief hiatus, How I Learned is back to entertain America.

This month I am so pleased to present an obsession-inspired lineup that might make your head explode in a best-ever kind of way. We have THREE Moth superstars, a composer/writer/former go-go boy and an inaugural How I Learned alum signifying our one year anniversary. I don't know about you, but I have changed so much in the last year. I now wear long underwear in the wintertime. I also have a new haircut (it's too short and totally not what I asked for, but whatever--it's all about the transformation). Rumor has it stories this month may or may not include a frenzied trip from Atlanta to Hong Kong, getting locked out of the house with a baby and a vibrator, and, let's just say, living your best life. (What's up, Oprah.)

Please join us. We haven't seen one another since pre-hiatus October in a different life before long-johns. I've missed you.

The How I Learned Series is totally hung up on:

(This American Life, Vice Magazine)
(The Liar Show, Speakeasy)
(, BabyLove)
Swish, Gay Haiku)
('s "Miss Information")


Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
8:00PM (Doors open at 7:00)
302 Broome Street
between Forsyth & Eldridge
(It's the pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club")
(212) 334-9676
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand

Get directions


ERIN BRADLEY is the author of "Miss Information,” a weekly sex and dating-advice column appearing on She also writes freelance for publications ranging from Playboy to Writer's Digest. Her first book, Every Rose Has Its Thorn: The Rock 'n' Roll Field Guide to Guys will be published on June 10th by Penguin Books. She would like you to buy it.

(Erin appeared in the very first HIL,
How I Learned to Steal from the Liquor Cabinet: Stories About Drinking, in 2009.)

CHRISTEN CLIFFORD is a writer and performer. Her work has appeared in Salon, Nerve, Huffington Post, Smith Magazine and Time Out New York Kids. Her solo show BabyLove ran for three months Off Broadway at 45 Bleecker and was a "Critic's Pick" in both New York Magazine and Time Out, and she has also performed at PS122, HERE, Joe's Pub, The Moth and The Liar Show. She got a NYFA fellowship and instead of writing a book she got knocked up again. Her website kinda sucks since it's really old and hasn't been updated, but here it is: Oh, and she's on the Twitter @cd_clifford.

JOEL DERFNER is from Charleston, South Carolina where his great-grandmother had an affair with George Gershwin.
He is or has been a composer, an aerobics instructor, a knitter, a go-go boy, a math teacher, a cheerleader, and the author of Gay Haiku (Random House, 2005) and Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead (Random House, 2009). He has written for a number of national periodicals, including Out, Genre, and The Advocate. He can be found on the web at and hopes to come to a bad end.

is that rare New Yorker who likes to talk. Except she’s from New Jersey, which makes her rarer still. She has appeared onstage with The Moth, Speakeasy and the notorious BTK Band. Tracy makes her living as a promotion and marketing editor and is responsible for that Dateline promo involving 50-year-olds who want to hook up with your teenage daughter. She’s got a one-eyed cat, a passport and a knack for physical injury. The stories write themselves.

JEFF SIMMERMON is a writer and storyteller who regularly appears at shows around New York. He has written for Vice Magazine, appeared onstage at The Moth's GrandSlam, and most recently on This American Life. He also runs a blog packed full of stories, art, and other weirdness at And even though he's been writing for years, he never gets any better at doing these bios.