Captivating Couples 2011

photo by Syd London

Cheryl & Kelli

Brooklyn, NY

Cheryl, 38, writer/editor/performer/GO contributor

Kelli, 42, comedian/writer

Kelli performed at Cheryl’s Park Slope reading series, Atomic, back in 2005. Although Kelli lived in Philadelphia and had a girlfriend at the time, there was a mutual attraction. After a series of missteps, they found themselves on a first date, making out at a gay men’s bar in April 2009. They’ve kept the flame alive with shared interests, including reading, general nerdiness, being dorks together and trying to beat each other to the funny Tweet. Now they curate sister events in NYC: Cheryl co-curates Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival and Kelli co-curates Queer Memoir, an LGBT storytelling event. In between readings, they are fighting the good fight: Cheryl was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November, but they’re turning misfortune into the Cancer/Caregiver Follies, a work in progress.