About

The 10 Cent Stories project is my love letter to the city of Rochester, NY. Most of the stories featured were written for strangers I met at the Ontario Beach Park pier, the North Union St. Farmer’s Market, or the Corn Hill Arts festival. Last winter I began typing at two local museums – the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Strong National Museum of Play. Over this summer, while living in New York City and writing for Scientific American through a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship, I’ve begun typing in the High Line park and other places around NYC. I use an Underwood Standard Portable Typewriter (manufactured 1926) to write a story about whatever prompt I’m given.

If you want to read my stories, I post one every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to this website and to the Facebook Page. Here are a few of my favorite stories (one) (two) (three) (four) (five).

Facebook Page
Instagram
Twitter (see below)
Podcast in iTunes
Podcast in Stitcher

For a full list of my recent press, try this link: karljpsmith.com/recent-press

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a lengthy profile of me on 4/23/17.

Check out this personal essay I wrote for The Toast about the project.

Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times wrote my favorite article about the project.

The U of R put together a lovely story about me on 11/4/16 (video at top of page)

And once this story ran I was interviewed by Fox Rochester’s Good Day Rochester

Sarah Alharbi put together a great video about the project:

The Democrat and Chronicle did a video story about the project as well, which was picked up by USA TODAY:

I was profile by NPR’s Joe’s Big Idea on 7/8/16 – Meet Karl Smith, The Typewriting Tale Teller


I was interviewed by Sharon Benzoni for her show “At the Moment” on WNHH Community Radio (103.5 FM New Haven) about the project on 7/7/16. An archive of the interview is available here.

U of R’s Alumni Magazine The Rochester Review – “The Scientist as Storyteller”

U of R’s student newspaper The Campus – “Fun on a Dime”

WROC-TV did two stories about me on 11/6/15.
Time Warner Cable News Rochester also did a story about me.

I’m on twitter, and periodically put out calls for story prompts there @10centstories – Here’s an example:

For my other projects and more information about me (including further contact info) check out my website. You can email me at karl@10centstories.com.

I believe in making the world a stranger, more whimsical place.

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Photo credit Sarah Alharbi