Jamie J Selected to Tell Mama Story at RISK!

•October 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I have been selected to tell my Mama Story onstage as part of the show RISK!  in Philly on Friday 11/16!  This is a huge opportunity for me as the show features Janeane Garofalo (SNL, Ratatouille, 24, The West Wing,& Reality Bites)  It would really be great to have you in the audience.  Here’s the info.


First Person Arts

DATE: Friday, November 16
TIME: 8 PM-9:30 PM
LOCATION:Underground Arts at The Wolf Building (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19108)
COST: $25 ($20 for First Person Arts members)
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RISK! live comes to the First Person Arts Festival with headliners Janeane Garofalo (Ratatouille, 24, The West Wing, Reality Bites) and Kevin Allison (creator of RISK!, The State). Joined by dynamic storytellers from the Philadelphia performing arts scene including, Bernardo Morillo, Jamie J. Brunson, Becca Trabin, and R. Eric Thomas, tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public, all related to the theme of “Thanks.” With stories ranging from the hilarious to horrific, RISK! is an anything-goes, laugh-out-loud smorgasbord of daring and ridiculous revelations.

About Kevin: Kevin Allison is the creator and host of the live storytelling show and podcast RISK!, and a member of MTV’s legendary comedy troupe The State. He has appeared in Reno 911!, The Ten, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Viva Variety and Stella and HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. Kevin has written for The Village Voice, Premiere, Film Journal and more. He has written for Blue Man Group and served as the Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater from 2006 to 2008. Kevin recently founded TheStoryStudio.org, a storytelling school in New York that offers workshops for businesses and individuals. He has also taught at NYU, the Philly Improv Theater and SXSW.

About Janeane: Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country, and the world. As well, she was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, The Majority Report. A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane’s well-informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. She is a noted peace activist.

Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Steal This Movie, Copland, “Reality Bites, and Duane Hopwood, as well as for her specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, “Bye Bye Love, Mystery Men, Clay Pigeons, The Minus Man and The Cable Guy, directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller Feel This Book, (Ballantine May 1999).

Janeane was also a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning Ben Stiller Show. Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on The Larry Sanders Show, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of ’94 she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Some of Janeane’s other television work includes two specials for HBO, the series finale of Mad About You and the critically lauded, final season of NBC’s The West Wing, where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton. In 2007, Janeane’s voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar animated comedy Ratatouille, and can be seen in Stella writer/director David Wain’s ensemble comedy, The Ten. Janeane can also be seen in her latest projects, the Lifetime movie Girl’s Best Friend and as a recurring character on the 2009 season of 24.

RISK! Graphics Designed by Rene Martinez. Kevin Allison. Photo Credit: Gene Silvers Janeane Garofalo. Photo courtesy of the artist.



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Memoir Writing Workshop for Women with Sonia Sanchez!

•October 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Dear Writers,

My company, First Person Arts, is presenting a very special opportunity for women writers to participant in a workshop with Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Sonia Sanchez as part of our annual First Person Arts Festival (Nov 7-17).  Below is the information:

Mind, Body & Soul:  Memoir Writing Workshop for Women with Sonia Sanchez

Date:  Sunday, November 11

Time:  2PM – 5PM

Location:  To be announced

Cost:  $100; $80 for Members of First Person Arts


Application required.  Eight participants will be selected by a com mittee.  Deadline to apply is October 24.  Selected participants will be notified on October 31.   To apply, visit soniaworkshop.firstpersonarts.org.  Payment will be required upon acceptance into the workshop.


Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Sonia Sanchez, leads a holistic exploration of health, happiness and the written word.  The food we eat, the art we practice and the relationships we create all feed into our overall sense of well being.  Using the memoir form, you will use this approach to improve your writing and tap into your creative spirit.  All levels of skill and experience welcome to apply. 


This is just one of many valuable experiences we are presenting as part of the First Person Arts Festival.  To find out more about other shows in the Festival, go to:  www.Firstpersonarts.org.

Hope to see you there! 


Jamie J


Jamie J. Brunson

Executive Director

First Person Arts

Email:  jamiej@firstpersonarts.org

Direct Line:  267.402.2058


New Poem by Jamie J Published in Blood Lotus Online Literary Journal

•October 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

August 2012 –  I am so grateful that my new poem, Penny Beggar Woman Comes Darling to Conjuroo was just published in Blood Lotus Online Literary Journal Issue #24-25 August 2012 (Page 15).   August overall was a great month for me.  Three other poems of mine were published in The Broadkill Review – an online literary journal; and another poem was accepted for inclusion in an upcoming anthology of ultra short memoir to be published by CoCo Harris’ Telling Our Stories Press (Date TBA.)  Sadly, I missed joining Delaware’s Poet Laureate, JoAnn Balingit and fellow Delmarva poets at the 2012 Cape Henlopen Poets and Writers Retreat due to illness, but understand that it was an amazing weekend of creativity.  I thank God for speaking to the world through me, and hope to continue and build upon this success.  And, thank you for reading and listening.  Love to you all, Jamie J

Meet New York Times Chief Wine Critic, Eric Asimov at First Person Arts’ Fundraiser October 24th!

•September 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

August 2012 – Jamie J Published in Broadkill Review – Literary Journal

•September 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Three new poems by Jamie J. have been published in The Broadkill Review – Literary Journal Vol. 6, Issue 4 dated August 2012. To obtain your copy, email (the_broadkill_press@earthlink.net).  The link to BKR is http://thebroadkillreview.blogspot.com/ The Broadkill Review is a bimonthly literary magazine edited by Jamie Brown, publisher, poet, professor, and shopkeep, and founder of the John Milton Poetry Festival and Poetry Prize. The BKR has featured writers who are widely published, such as Robert Pinsky and Fleda Brown, to emerging writers such as Michael Blaine and Linda Blaskey.  ““Quality is the most important factor.  This isn’t to suggest that we are snobs, for I’m not talking about subject matter, but about the bell-like resonance of the work (evoked within the reader) and clarity.  I want the reader left with the feeling that it matters to the reader personally that they read the story.”  BKR was established in  2007 and has a circulation of 12,000. 

Jamie J LIVE at First Person Arts StorySlam

•April 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

•April 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Jamie J’s Poetry Published in New Anthology!

•February 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Three poems by Jamie J have been published in, Cape Henlopen Poets 2010, an anthology of poems from the 2010 Writers Retreat at Delaware’s Cape Henlopen, edited by Eleanore Morrow with an introduction by Delaware’s Poet Laureate, JoAnn Balingit.  The publication is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The book was  published by Blushing Moon Press.   Other poets included are:  Barbara C. Brown, Joseph L Crossen, Shelley Grabel, Maria Keane, Abby Millager, Eleanore Morrow, Lynn O;Donnell, Maggie Rowe and Wendy Schermer.  Copies of the Anthology may be purchased for $9.00 each by contacting Jamie J at 302.494.8043.

Find Me on FirstPersonArts.org!

•February 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Jamie J Selected to Serve As New Executive Director of First Person Arts!

•November 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am so pleased to announce that as of January 3rd, 2012, I will be the new Executive Director of First Person Arts!

First Person Arts is a Philly-based non-profit whose mission is to “transform the drama of daily life into memoir and documentary.” We produce an annual festival of theatre, film, literature and much more, offer classes and workshops throughout the year, and StorySlams every month. This is really a wonderful organization, and I am so looking forward to leading it into its next amazing phase of growth. I will be taking the helm from Vicki Solot, the incredible Founder of the organization, who will be retiring in December.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary of programming in 2011, First Person Arts believes that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. First Person Arts presents and supports the development of memoir and documentary work by individuals at all levels of experience, from accomplished artists to everyday people. It provides a stage on which these stories can be heard through a variety of programs throughout the year, including twice-monthly StorySlams, writing and storytelling courses, and its annual First Person Arts Festival. Visit firstpersonarts.org to learn more.

Here’s to a great New Year!

Jamie J