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This month: stories about being bad, having to apologize, or never feeling one g.d. moment of regret. But probably not that last one. I am truly sorry I even said that.


The How I Learned Series Presents:

(Cringe; McSweeney's)

(Girlbomb; Have You Found Her)

(This American Life; New York Times Magazine)

(Real Characters; TOLD)

(Vanity Fair; Use Me)

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SARAH BROWN is the creator and host of the Cringe reading series in both New York and London and the author of Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas (Crown, 2008). She has been writing online for nearly a decade and her work has appeared in McSweeney's, Gawker, and The Morning News, as well as in numerous anthologies including Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category and Things I Learned About My Dad. Her personal blog, Que Sera Sera, has been around since 2001.

JANICE ERLBAUM is the author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, 2006), and Have You Found Her: A Memoir (Villard, 2008). A former columnist for BUST magazine, her poetry and prose has been featured in several anthologies and major magazines. She teaches writing, and is the Chairman of the Board of Bowery Arts + Science.

STARLEE KINE is a contributor to the public radio show This American Life. She is working on her first book, It IS Your Fault, essays about the self-help industry and it's, frankly, driving her crazy. If you are caught up on Breaking Bad, she basically feels like a smaller, less bald fourth season Walt, screaming his head off in his basement.

ANDY ROSS is a comedy writer and storyteller from Wisconsin. He's contributed to The Onion News Network, Comedy Central's Indecision Forever, and Mad Magazine. As a storyteller, Andy has performed on TOLD, Stripped Stories, The Liar Show, and the Moth GrandSLAM, among others. He runs a monthly storytelling/reading series called Real Characters at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo. For more Andy Ross visit andyrosscomedy.com.

ELISSA SCHAPPELL is the author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and a New York Times Notable Book. She is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, co-founder and Editor-at-Large of Tin House, and co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She teaches at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.


HOW I LEARNED is a live monthly story series featuring writers, storytellers, comedians, bloggers and performers as chosen by hostess Blaise Allysen Kearsley based primarily on personal hygiene and make-out prowess. Offering fact, fiction and everything in between, How I Learned happens every fourth Wednesday, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.

BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY is a writer, a former blogger and a sometime photographer, as well as the creator, curator, producer and host of How I Learned. She has read or told stories at PS 122, Lolita, Bowery Poetry Club and Union Hall, and in Mortified, Cringe, Literary Death Match, Show and Tell and In The Flesh. She was recently awarded a writing fellowship in Northern Vermont where, among other things, she got electrocuted and maybe almost killed a horse. Visit her at your own risk at bazima.com.

Added by How I Learned Series on October 9, 2011