Hello, it's me. I know the name looks complicated. I would like to help you with that:
BLAISE is pronounced BLAZE. My middle name ALLYSEN is ALISON, but with some different letters and KEARSLEY basically sounds like KEY-ER-Z-LEE.
That's it for this first section of my website. It's been pretty demanding already.
I'm a Black-biracial writer, teacher, and artist and the creator, producer, and host of How I Learned, a long-running storytelling/comedy and reading series. I've told or read stories for The Moth, Risk, Mortified, Story Collider, The Liar Show, Literary Death Match, Gotham Storytelling Festival, and at various New York venues that serve booze and sometimes snacks.
My writing has appeared in Longreads, VICE, Midnight Breakfast, Electric Literature's The Nervous Breakdown, Elle, The Boston Globe, two anthologies including Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas, and in several magazines and online outlets a long time ago that are perhaps not worth mentioning by name and probably don't even exist anymore. In another life I took a lot of pictures with cameras and some of those pictures were published in places like New York Magazine, Playbill, JPG Magazine, Nerve, An-Mag, The Morning News, Gothamist, and Gawker.
I teach mostly creative nonfiction and I'm currently a contributing editor at Vestal Review, a journal of flash fiction. I live in Brooklyn but if you need me for something somewhere else, maybe I'll go there.
[ select writing
🜃 Finding Oneself in 'Surviving the White Gaze' (The Boston Globe)
🜃 Why Mr. Bauer Didn't Like Me (Longreads)
🜃 The Mail Club (Midnight Breakfast)
🜃 We Forgot About The Flowers (Midnight Breakfast)
🜃 3 Songs About Being Young and Disenfranchised Before The Internets (The Weeklings)
I teach public and private creative nonfiction workshops and mentor emerging writers. Sometimes people say nice things about my guidance. I did not even make these up:
"Blaise's class made me a stronger writer, and I felt more challenged than I did in other workshops. It was the hardest workshop I've ever done, but also one of the most important."
"I've taken writing classes off and on for the last 20 years, all over the US, and this was the most effective by far. Blaise is a goddamn treasure."
"Blaise offers a safe space for non-binary, queer, and POC to explore their writing with sensitive, constructive suggestions."
"I was held accountable and had to show up for myself and others who counted on me, even when I felt like all I wanted to do was hide under my couch. Being part of this creative group of writers saved me."
[ how i learned
HOW I LEARNED was born on the Lower East Side in 2009. The series has featured Aparna Nancherla, Janelle James, Alexander Chee, Anna Sale, Ophira Eisenberg, Isaac Fitzgerald, Nick Flynn, Mira Jacob, Amanda Duarte, Sasheer Zamata, Isaac Oliver, Jo Firestone, Mike Albo, Phoebe Robinson, Choire Sicha, Dan Kennedy, Rob Sheffield, and many, many, many, many others.
Named one of "Five Best Comedy Shows Hosted By Women" by CBS New York and one of the Best Storytelling Series and Best Reading Series by Time Out New York.
"...Always hilarious, sometimes touching, and without fail entertaining." -Brooklyn Magazine
"This show has renewed my faith in this whole storytelling endeavor and what it means in the world." -David Crabb, The Moth
"Hostess Blaise Allysen Kearsley makes sure to keep it awkwardly funny." -CBS New York
"Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a charming host with an irrepressible, humming little laugh that seems to be a compromise she’s made with some wicked guffaw within." -LitWrap
This is the end of my website. You did a great job.