“A literary mixtape with perfect flow and variety”
— The New York Times
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SpeakTogether in the Schools
Storytelling performances, spoken word workshops, after-school mentoring, and College Readiness sessions for teens.
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The SpeakEasy Bookmobile
Bringing books to readers in New York City and beyond, from plazas in The Bronx to the Boys & Girls Club in Jackson, Mississippi.
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ON STAGE: Join us for our monthly Seriously Entertaining cabaret shows live at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in downtown NYC. Watch past performances on YouTube and sign up for updates about future shows here.
IN SCHOOLS: From in-school matinees and storytelling workshops to after-school college readiness programs, we connect published authors with students in under-resourced high schools. If you are an educator or know someone who works with teens, join our Teacher Network here.
ON THE ROAD: The SpeakEasy Bookmobile delivers brand new books to “book deserts,” neighborhoods without bookstores and limited access to libraries, in New York City and beyond—for free! If you’d like to partner with us, please get in touch.
Our February 6th Seriously Entertaining was just one of those nights as our speakers took on a theme inspired by Cole Porter: “Just One of Those Things.”
We heard stories from The New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork and a contributing writer at The Atlantic Bianca Bosker; The New Yorker cartoonist and author of one of The New York Times best books of 2023, I Must Be Dreaming, Roz Chast; journalist, professor, and award-winning author of one of Time’s best books of 2023, Mott Street, Ava Chin; and former Random House copy chief and author of the New York Times bestselling Dreyer’s English Benjamin Dreyer.
ON THE ROAD: The SpeakEasy Bookmobile
The SpeakEasy Bookmobile hits the streets of New York City this fall! Working with the National Book Foundation’s Book Rich Environments initiative and the New York City Housing Authority, we are helping families build their own at-home libraries by providing free books to residents living in The Bronx, Queens, East Harlem, and Brooklyn. Catch us at an upcoming event soon and select a free book of your choice, or grab one for a book lover in your family.
Watch a short video about our Bookmobile Operations Manager, Jacqueline Graham, as she navigates the city delivering free books!
House of SpeakEasy Celebrates 10 Years
Take a look back at House of SpeakEasy’s origin story in this short video produced on the occasion of the organization’s 10th Anniversary Gala on April 13, 2023 in New York City.
- Ten years
- Hundreds of authors
- Thousands of students & teachers
- 25,000+ new books delivered for free
Thank you to all our donors and sponsors who helped us get to this milestone.
Impact: SpeakTogether in the Schools
Help us continue to deliver our programs to those who need them most. 100% of our donations go directly toward serving our mission of connecting authors and audiences, students, and communities.
Inspired by our Seriously Entertaining cabaret shows at Joe’s Pub, our Student Matinees use the same storytelling model to bring dynamic speakers into public schools across New York City, helping teens imagine how to be the authors of their own stories. Since 2017, SpeakEasy has featured acclaimed writers speaking on a range of themes relevant to students’ experience. Watch a short video about our recent event at Fordham High School for the Arts in The Bronx.
Author-to-Author Talk Backs
On May 31, 2023, novelist Angie Cruz and memoirist Mira Jacob presented short talks and interviewed each other about the writing process, fielding questions from high school sophomores at Bronx High School for Law & Community Service. Part House of SpeakEasy’s SpeakTogether in the Schools program. Hear what this opportunity meant to the authors who participated in our program.
Student Storytelling Workshops
Over the course of several months, writers develop a bond with the students and witness them transform from tentative writers to powerful performers, culminating in a final performance in front of peers and teachers.
Students in Their Own Words
SpeakEasy offers a range of programs, including in-person student matinees, storytelling workshops, and mentoring opportunities in NYC high schools and after-school programs. Since 2015, SpeakTogether has been connecting published authors directly with students, ensuring that their books are made freely available. Writers work closely with the next generation of storytellers to provide unique insights into what it means to be a writer and help students hone the critical thinking skills necessary for the pursuit of higher education.
Join our Teacher Network
Our “SpeakTogether” program empowers high school students by connecting them directly with authors to help find their voices and share their stories. We complement existing curricula with creative arts toolkits inspired by our in-person student matinees and storytelling workshops.
“The stories the authors share with students are full of heart, imagination, and transformative action. Those ideas get translated into the toolkits and become a topic of classroom conversation.” — NK Iguh, Manager of Education & Equity
Join our Teacher Network to learn more and access our educational enrichment materials, including audio & video recordings, writing prompts & activities, and recommendations for further reading.
Thank you to our partners, supporters & donors
Watch a short video from early 2022 about our impact during the pandemic with SpeakEasy’s co-founders, Amanda Foreman & Lucas Wittmann. Now in our 10th year, we are grateful for the support of our donors and partners. With your help, we’ve been able to make an even deeper impact in the communities we serve.
We count on your support. Please help by making a tax-deductible donation today.
The SpeakEasy Storefront on Bookshop.org
House of SpeakEasy is proud to participate in the #BlackoutBestsellerList & #BlackPublishingPower campaigns by highlighting books by Black writers, poets, and illustrators, many of whom have participated in our programs. Read more about the campaign here.
Visit our storefront on Bookshop.org to view the list of titles by past and upcoming SpeakEasy performers.
The SpeakEasy Bookmobile has delivered over 15,000 free book bags and school supplies to communities across New York City in partnership with NYC Department of Housing and the Department of Transportation. Our regular visits to Fordham Plaza in The Bronx, Corona Plaza in Queens, and Myrtle-Wyckoff in Brooklyn and beyond have allowed us to help families build their own home libraries.
Check out some of the most popular titles on Bookshop.org and purchase your own copies to help support our work in the streets!