As May fast approaches, we are excited by the growing number of activities and interventions from participants. To usher in Lower East Side History Month, guest writer Barbara Henning shares with us her Typewritten Tale spurred from Tompkins Square Park.
Typewritten Tales is a creative action organized by Sally Young and Anna Adler, inviting residents, visitors, passerbys, friends, family, to type up memories of the Lower East Side on a typewriter. An informal yet deeply reflective haven for the neighborhood’s ebbs and flows, you can have the opportunity to be included in the second LES Zine when you participate in Typewritten Tales of the LES! We hope you will explore the activities LES organizations, individuals, small businesses, and the likes, have planned this May to consider and celebrate the history of this amazing neighborhood.
Barbara Henning is the author of three novels and seven collections of poetry, her most recent is A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015). Others include A Swift Passage (Quale Press), Cities and Memory (Chax Press) and a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists). She is the editor of Looking Up Harryette Mullen and The Collected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins. Barbara lives in the East Village and teaches for writers.com and Long Island University in Brooklyn.
As part of Lower East Side History Month, Typewritten Tales will be in action on Sundays, at 6th & Avenue B Garden (May 1, 8, 15, 2-4pm; May 29 6-8pm). Guest writers include Hettie Jones, Royal Young, Barbara Henning, Anton Yakovlev, Jeff Wright, Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Alicia Morgan. Stay tuned for another guest contribution in May!