Blaise Allysen Kearsley is the creator, producer, and host of the How I Learned storytelling series, and has performed stories for The MOTH, Risk!, The Soundtrack Series, and Literary Death Match. She is a contributing editor to the Vestal Review, and her photography and essays have appeared in Longreads, Oldster, Yellow Arrow Journal: PEREGRINE, Catapult, the Boston Globe, Electric Literature's the Nervous Breakdown, Elle, New York, Gothamist, VICE, Playbill, Midnight Breakfast, and The Weeklings. She has contributed essays to the anthologies Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World (Woodhall Press); Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic (Simon Spotlight Entertainment); and Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, And Abandoned Rock Operas (Crown Archetype). She holds a BA from Bennington College.