“A literary mixtape with perfect flow and variety”
— The New York Times
Watch our livestream shows here.
From College Readiness programs in East Harlem to storytelling workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, SpeakEasy serves youth where they live.
The SpeakEasy Podcast
Co-founders Amanda Foreman & Lucas Wittmann host a Seriously Entertaining program featuring some of today’s most dynamic storytellers
SpeakTogether in the Schools
Storytelling performances, spoken word workshops, after-school mentoring, and College Readiness sessions for teens
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
Inspiring talks by authors for teens and teachers around the country, sharing the power of storytelling with books and educational toolkits
IN SCHOOLS: If you are an educator or know someone who works with teens, please invite them to join our Teacher Network here.
ON THE STREETS: Our Bookmobile delivers free books to “book deserts” in New York City and beyond. Want to partner? Get in touch!
While we hoped to “Come Together” at Joe’s Pub for the January edition of Seriously Entertaining, COVID had other plans. The show will go on(line), however, so please join us as we bring this powerful lineup of speakers direct to your home via livestream. Register here.
Investigative journalist Andrea Elliott, award-winning novelist Weike Wang, documentarian and creator of the Subway Book Review Uli Beutter Cohen, and editor and game theorist Oliver Roeder will share stories tied to the theme for this month’s show “Come Together.”
Register now for an evening of literary entertainment and purchase copies of the authors’ books through our storefront on Bookshop.org. A portion of proceeds from book sales goes to support our work in schools and communities.
Visit our Shows page to see our upcoming lineups this winter and spring and to view past performances.
Thank you to our partners, supporters & donors
Watch a short video from the co-founders of House of SpeakEasy, Amanda Foreman & Lucas Wittmann, about our efforts during the pandemic. As House of SpeakEasy enters its ninth year, we are so grateful for the support of our donors and partners. With your help, we overcame hurdles and made an even deeper impact in the communities we serve.
We count on your support. Please continue to help by making a tax-deductible donation today.
SERIOUSLY ENTERTAINING: Through the Years
We look forward to our upcoming edition of Seriously Entertaining, “Come Together,” on January 27 via livestream (register here). Our monthly cabaret series features authors taking the stage and screen to riff and ruminate informally, dinner-theater-style, on the evening’s theme. We invite you to watch highlights from past editions of our flagship program, which The New York Times calls “a literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety.”
SpeakTogether in the Schools
“Kids need to know how much you care before they care about how much you know.” Middle grade teacher and longtime friend of SpeakEasy Torrey Maldonado is the author of the YA novels Tight and What Lane? Torrey performed on stage at Joe’s Pub in the fall of 2019 as well as outdoor readings with the Bookmobile in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. In 2019-2020, he led multiple after-school workshops for teens at Union Settlement’s College Readiness program in East Harlem, part of House of SpeakEasy’s “SpeakTogether in the Schools” initiative.
Watch a short video with Torrey about the magic of storytelling.
Student Poetry: A Virtual Showcase
During the pandemic, as part of our expanded SpeakTogether program, SpeakEasy coordinated a series of poetry workshop with Baltimore-based poet Sheri Booker. Sheri worked with 10th-graders to develop their voices and perform creative works in front of their peers and teachers. The students’ final poems became instant artifacts of a pivotal time in our culture, a testament to students’ creativity and resilience.
Listen to the students perform their individual poems and read them in full here.
The SpeakEasy Storefront on Bookshop.org
House is 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-Wykoff in Brooklyn and beyond have allowed us to help families to 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!