This Alien Nation

Each month at the legendary Joe’s Pub, host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes some of her favorite outsiders for a celebration of immigration. Hear anecdotes about language barriers, cultural missteps, rumbles, romance, and more! Come for the stories, leave with some feelings—and enjoy drinks, laughs and cries in between.

On Wednesday, March 13, uncensored on our stage, we bring you:


- ANDRÉ ACIMAN (author of Enigma Variations and Call Me by Your Name)
- MEERA NAIR (essayist and author of Video
- ROJO PEREZ (stand-up comedian)
- MEREDITH TALUSAN (journalist, author and executive editor at them)
- DANUSIA TREVINO (actress and storyteller)

... with music from guitarist GABE SCHNIDER


In a multicultural world that harbors some strong anti-immigration feelings, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, hilarious, and weird. But it also makes for some great stories.

Come for the stories, leave with some feelings – and enjoy drinks, laughs and cries in between.

Doors: 6pm

Show: 7pm

Advance ticket price: $20

Door price: $25


Our Team


Our creator and host Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and regular storyteller with The Moth. She also hosts Women of Letters New York, a literary salon celebrating strong female talent. She’s writing a memoir called Miss Ex-Yugoslavia featuring warlords, beauty queens and everything in between (Atria Books, 2018). @sstefanovic

Our producer Trish Nelson is a performer, producer, and founder of BanterGirl, a production company with an honest mission to establish a diverse and creative empire of women, and shine a light on the many talents that they possess. Outside of This Alien Nation, Trish runs the BanterGirl website and podcast and produces monthly live shows for established comedians in both NYC and Los Angeles.

Our programmer-at-large Michaela McGuire is a journalist, author, and Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Prior to taking up this appointment, she was Director and Co-CEO of Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. Michaela is the author of Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law, the Penguin Special A Story of Grief and Apply Within: Stories of career sabotage. She co-founded the bestselling international literary salon Women of Letters. @michaelamcguire