On Wednesday, July 15, three authors will gather at New Day Craft as part of The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 4: Storytellers (RSVP). In this iteration of the Jam, the authors will tell the audience the stories that inspired their work, and then give a few selected readings. It’s a night of literary narration.

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Meanwhile, meet our featured author for The Jam: Storytellers: Ben Tanzer.


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I should probably start by saying that while writing is, or certainly can be a profession, I’m not sure I’ve quite pulled that off. Which is not to say that I don’t write, just that without my day job, I’m not sure how we would pay the bills.

Still, how did I find my way into the writing profession? I thought about it a lot, for years, waiting to somehow get started, even carrying a story in my head for when I was ready. And then I was prompted to write that story, which I did, about a man leaving his wife, just as someone we knew was thinking about leaving her husband, and here we are.

You can find him on his website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.


At The Downtown Writers Jam

What’s the name of the piece from which your DWJ story comes? Stabbed in the Back

Give us a hint: What’s your best “behind the scenes” story about? About a guy whose wife receives a text from another guy. And again, here we are.

Where can people find or buy your work? You can find Ben’s work at most major bookstores or at Amazon.

What should the audience expect from your storytelling at the Downtown Writers Jam? Awe? Well, that’s what I’m hoping for anyway.


Get to Reading

Best book or long-form writing we should read, but probably haven’t? And why? I don’t know what more people haven’t read The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll or Cruddy by Lynda Barry. Do you?

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