Say Yes to Throwback Thursdays with Handwritten and the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership

June 30, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Pen and Brush is pleased to once again work with partners from this winter’s Literary Takeover to present a literary event that combines the internal reflection of handwriting with the provocative performances of Brooklyn’s Mental Marginalia reading series and the Say Yes Electric Collective. Presented in conjunction with the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership’s Throwback Thursday programming, Out Loud brings together members of Handwritten, Mental Marginalia, and Say Yes communities to share confessions, mediations, and reflections. 

Out Loud is about bringing our private lives to the public. It is about smudging the borders between ourselves and others that keep us from sharing who we are and learning more about those around us. We invite people to share those thoughts formerly kept to themselves, whether written in diaries or letters, in the open. Because, to adjust an Adrienne Rich quote, when one person tells the truth, it creates the possibility for more truth around them.

In a city of 8.5 million of people, it's easy to feel anonymous, alone, and apart. Authentic intimacy can seem difficult to come by. We find that writing down our thoughts and reflections whether in journal entries or letters to friends and family is a helpful way to process what it is to be alive today. At Out Loud we want you to share these confessions, meditations, and reflections with the larger public. 

You can read excerpts of things you've written or things someone else has written to you. And for those of you who can't make the event or want to partake but not speak, you can still participate: send us your excerpt and allow it to be read by those in the audience, or our roster of performers. Email us at to let us know how you'd like to partake.

We hope to see you at the north plaza at noon on June 30!

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