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.


This month's stories may or may not include useful information involving pooping in buckets, stripping, fortunetelling, getting stabbed and Oprah. JOIN US!


The How I Learned Series Presents:

(Edinburgh; Granta)
(The Liar Show; The Story Collider)
(RISK!; The Moth StorySLAM)
(Pretty; Some Girls: My Life in a Harem)
(Steamboat Humor Reading Series; De La Guarda)

Created, Produced + Hosted by

Wednesday, September 28th
8pm / Doors open at 7
302 Broome Street between Forsyth + Eldridge
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand


ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels Edinburgh (Picador, 2002) and The Queen of the Night, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, an NEA Fellowship in Fiction and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House and Civiella Ranieri. He is a contributing writer at the Morning News, and has written for Granta, the Paris Review Daily and NPR.

For his day job, ED GAVAGAN designs and builds homes and furniture for fancy people and humble folk all over the world. His work has been featured on the cover of Elle D├ęcor, in Architectural Digest, the New York Times, Architectural Record, Global Architecture and other periodicals and books worldwide. His storytelling has been featured in The Moth StorySLAM and mainstage events, and The Moth Story Hour on NPR. He has also been seen on The Liar Show, The Story Collider, Sideshow Goshko and anything he can do with Adam Wade. He is very happy to tell stories and even happier when people listen.

MELANIE HAMLETT is a writer, a 2-time Moth StorySLAM Champion and a nomad who divides her time between living in her truck on the road, on friends' couches in New York City, in a trailer with no running water in New Mexico, and out of a back pack in foreign countries. She's told stories in shows all over NYC, including ASSSCAT 3000 at the Upright Citizens' Brigade Theater, and on the podcasts Risk! and Broadcastr. Her next adventures will be in Argentina, where she'll be living for an undetermined period of time come December. Until then, she's happy to be back in New York where she won't have to crap in a bucket.

JILLIAN LAUREN is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, published by Plume in April 2010. It has since been translated into fourteen different languages. Her novel, Pretty, was released on August 30, 2011. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Flaunt Magazine, Opium Magazine, Society, Pale House: A Collective and in the anthology My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories. She lives in Los Angeles with musician Scott Shriner and their son.

JOANNE SOLOMON is a writer turned aerialist who remains grateful to the New York storytelling and literary communities for giving her a home again after a six year run in De La Guarda. When Joanne is not teaching ESL at NYU, she's rehearsing for her solo piece, entitled Matambrito, where she attempts to organically morph her writing and aerial skills into a cohesive bit of theater (without using a flying animal as the main character). Other plans: 1.) Finish her collection of essays entitled Walking Mr. Lieberman; 2.) Buy that Murphy bed, which she believes will be the answer to all of her problems.