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Tell Me a Story: A City Lore Salon with Annie Lanzillotto and Salley May

January 24 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tell Me a Story: A City Lore Salon with Annie Lanzillotto and Salley May

Notes from the Front Line of

NYC Mental Health Care

January 24th • Sunday • 7 PM (EST) • FREE on Zoom

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About this Event

2020 NYC “Mental Health Hero” / Downtown legend / psychiatric social worker Salley May delivers blunt force stories on the state of mental health in New York City. Salley is Lead Social Worker for a public hospital mobile crisis team, and was named a 2020 “Mental Health Hero” by the Mayor’s Office ThriveNYC program. She’s served New Yorkers daily and through COVID-19, 9/11, and Hurricane Sandy.

Audience members are invited to bring questions or 2 minute stories for our Talk Back and Q&A, honoring the lives of those with mental illness, or sharing personal stories.

“It warmed my heart to read Salley May’s story. #MentalHealthHeroes aren’t just helping New Yorkers living with mental illness, but they are changing the conversation in hospitals and emergency rooms.” – Charlene McCrey, @NYCFIRSTLADY



Downtown Legend, High Priestess of the Church of the Avant-Garde, and Psychiatric Social Worker, the one and only Salley May has served on the fronts of mental health crisis and performance art for decades, showing up for New Yorkers through all kinds of times. Since 1987, she has been a downtown New York City performance artist and curator of P.S.122’s Avant-Garde-Arama series. Since 2001, she has worked in public psychiatry and has served in community, creating theater and directing performances through Hospital Audiences Inc. (HAI) with people with mental disabilities, and the blind.

Salley May’s original performance works include: “Sinferno” (Franklin Furnace,) “Five and Two: 5mg Haldol + 2mg Ativan,” (Dixon Place at Chashama,) “The Miracle Worker” with all blind performers (Abrons Art Center / Henry Street Settlement House,) “The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House” (PS 122,) “Inside/Outside” (The New Museum,) “Lick My Fur” (Chashama.) “Running Naked in Traffic” (Dixon Place,) “ “(in annual Springtime in Nickyland, La Mama,) “ “ (Howl Arts at Theatre 80.) Salley was a longstanding member of Jennifer Miller’s “Circus Amok,” and remains committed to the life, work, and spirit of downtown luminary Tom Murrin/Alien Comic, and his Full Moon ritual performances. She did a monthly full moon collaboration series at the HOWL Gallery. With her sister Nancy May Perry she co-founded “MAYHEM” a performance group. Salley May was a founding Board Member of Annie Lanzillotto’s Street Cry Inc.



Annie Lanzillotto is an author, poet, song-writer, actor, director, painter, performance-artist, and prop maker. Her books are: “L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir,” (SUNY Press, Lambda Literary Award finalist), “Schistsong,” (Bordighera Press); “Hard Candy: Caregiving, Grieving, and Stage Light,” and “Pitch Roll Yaw” (Guernica World Editions.) Lanzillotto narrated the texts and composed the leitmotifs for the audiobooks of “L is for Lion” and “Schistsong” on Audible.com. Lanzillotto is the singer/songwriter of the albums: “Never Argue With a Jackass,” “Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul,” “Carry My Coffee,” “Eleven Recitations,” “Blue Pill.” Performance works include: “Blue Mailbox Book Crawl” (Franklin Furnace Commission / CityLore), “The Flat Earth: Wheredddafhuck Did New York Go?” (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), “How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole” (The Kitchen), “a’Schapett at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market” (Dancing in the Streets OnSite/NYC Commission / Rockefeller MAP Fund / Puffin Foundation), “Pocketing Garlic” (Franklin Furnace Commission), “Confessions of a Bronx Tomboy: My Throwing Arm, This Useless Expertise” (Under One Roof / Manhattan Class Company). Lanzillotto was awarded New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Non-Fiction Writing and Multi-Disciplinary Performance. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, and included in the moniker: one of “200 essential New Yorkers” (NY Times) for her performance installation “A Stickball Memoir” at the The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in City Lore’s New York City Neighborhood Tent. She’s had writing residencies at Santa Fe Art Institute, Hedgebrook, New Jersey City University. B.A. Brown University, MFA Sarah Lawrence College.

Listen to Annie’s new podcast series “Annie’s Story Cave” wherever podcasts are heard. For more info: www.annielanzillotto.com


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