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Live Show, July 25: “I’m Only Popular at Summer Camp: Six-Word Memoirs on Camp, Summer Stock, and the Family Vacation.”

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

By Larry Smith

“Summer camp: alone, with Sedaris anecdotes.”
“Teacher by school-year. Freak by summer.”
“Mentally washed up on the beach.”
“Take me back to swings, fireflies.”
“Satan called. Wants his heat back.”

SMITH Magazine presents: “I’m Only Popular at Summer Camp: Six-Word Memoirs on Camp, Summer Stock, and the Family Vacation.”

Get advance tickets here (and save money):

The Lineup:

Ann Leary, author of Outtakes From a Marriage and An Innocent, A Broad. She is co-host of the new NPR show Hash Hags.

Susan Blackwell, co-starred in [Title of Show] and co-wrote/performed in the recent lab production of “Now. Here. This.” She hosts of’s “Side by Side by Susan Blackwell.”

Joe Iconis, writer/performer/co-author? of Things to Ruin, “Bloodsong of Love: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Spaghetti Western, and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree.

Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Shutterbabe, Between Here and April, Hell Is Other Parents” and the forthcoming novel, The Red Book.

Josh Wolk, Entertainment Editor of, and author of the memoir, Cabin Pressure: One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor.

Gerald Hayes, stand-up comedian who has appeared at The Apollo and a regular at The Moth.

Ed Boland, is a nonprofit communications and fundraising professional. He’s currently writing on a memoir, Special Ed, about his hellish experience teaching in a tough urban high school.

• Introducing teen six-word scribe, Ava Crawford, making her first appearance on stage.

The night starts at 6 p.m. with $6 drink specials during a Happy Hour at 92YTribeca’s amazing bar, where you can meet other six-lovers. At 7 p.m., the show begins: six writers, two musicians—six minutes each to tell their story. The evening ends with an audience participation Six-World Slam: you’re invited to share your own six words on this hot, fun, miraculous and messy thing called summer.

RSVP on Facebook. Buy discounted advance tickets at 92YTribeca’s event page.

photo: from Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies by Roger Bennett & Jules Shell. It’s a great book.

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