Story Collider promo image featuring the photos of myself and the other storytellers.

Story Collider * Live Event in Astoria, NY!

On Sunday, October 24 at 7pm, I’ll be thrilled to return to my old hood of Astoria to do my first live performance in like, OMG, 3 years?! I’ll be telling a story about translation–sensory translation–at the wonderful Story Collider

  • Sunday, October 24, 2021
  • 7:00 PM  8:30 PM
  • QED Astoria – OUTDOORS27-16 23rd AvenueQueens, NY, 11105United States (map)

Join us in Queens this October for an evening of stories about freaking out about science! This show will be held in the outdoor space at QED.

Hosted by Erin Barker and Nisse Greenberg.

Please note that proof of vaccination for COVID-19 is required for entry at QED (read more about QED’s COVID-19 policy here), and that in the event of rain, this show will be moved indoors.

This show is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.



Nawang Tsering Gurung is an independent researcher, consultant, translator, speaker and tour specialist originally from the Himalayan region of Mustang in Nepal and now based in New York City. He is the coordinator of the oral history project  Voices of the Himalayas: Language, Culture and Belonging in Immigrant New York, which has been documenting the languages, cultures, social histories, folklore and community life of Himalayan New Yorker, together with the Endangered Language Alliance and scholars. He is also founder and director of  Yulha Fund, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring sustainable livelihoods and improving access to education and healthcare in the Himalayan communities of Nepal. He is currently the advisory council of Rubin Museum. He is currently working on the project called New York COVID-19 with scholars and linguists which features daily recordings in many different languages describing what members of some of the city’s most affected but least known communities are experiencing. He is the author & co-author on several presentations and publications based on his work and co-author one of the book Dogyab: Ritual Tibetain de Conjuration du Mal (in French), a study of Bon religion in Nepal. If you’d like to collaborate, you can reach him at:

Anoopa Singh is a a native New Yorker and CUNY Hunter College graduate with too many science degrees and is bursting with creativity to share with the world. With inspiration from Busta Rhymes and DMX, wordsmithing is her hobby of choice. Currently a high school chemistry teacher, Anoopa almost never falls short making people curious about themselves.

Latasha Wright, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She continued her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications, presented her work at international and national conferences. BioBus enables Latasha to share her love of science with a new generation of scientists. Latasha spearheaded the creation of the first BioBase community lab, the BioBus internship program, and our Harlem expansion. Everyday that Latasha spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages.

Leona Godin is a writer, performer, educator, and the author of There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural history of Blindness (Pantheon, 2021). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Playboy, O Magazine, Catapult, and other print and online publications. She produced two plays: “The Star of Happiness” about Helen Keller’s time performing in vaudeville, and “The Spectator and the Blind Man,” about the invention of braille. Godin holds a PhD in English, and besides her many years teaching literature and humanities courses at NYU, she has lectured on art, accessibility, technology, and disability at such places as Tandon School of Engineering, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the American Printing House for the Blind. Her online magazine exploring the arts and sciences of smell and taste, Aromatica Poetica, publishes writing and art from around the world.


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