Welcome home. That’s what I say to visitors who come to our twelve-hour marathon brunches in Brooklyn. I’m Lancelot, the husband of Tara, the grooviest girl on Earth.
I’ve written hundreds of stories, articles, and poems for markets like TOR (Macmillan), The New Haven Review, McSweeney’s, The Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest, and The World Series Edition of Poker Pro. The Missouri Tourism Board also commissioned me to reinvent the photonovel through The Joplin Undercurrent in partnership with my friend and photographer, Mark.
On this site, I share my words and lend my voice to try to help people think cleverer, feel deeper, and act truer. That means I do free readings of classic stories, offer tools to help you develop your storytelling career, give away my own stories, and reflect on the lives of nonconformists as well as popular books and movies.
I believe that art should not merely entertain or sell product. I believe art should cause us to change our minds, soften our hearts, and motivate our activism to be true and good.
I try to publish at least one thing a day on this site even if it’s just a reading or a poem, but I’ll typically release one longer article per week. Subscribers to my mailing list know immediately when those go live.
You also get five free short stories. Where should I send them?
What People Say
“Schaubert’s words have an immediacy, a potency, an intimacy that grab the reader by the collar and say ‘Listen, this is important!’ Probing the bones and gristle of humanity, Lancelot’s subjects challenge, but also offer insights into redemption if only we will stop and pay attention.”
— Erika Robuck, National Bestselling Author of Hemingway’s Girl
“Loved this story because Lancelot wrote about people who don’t get written about enough and he did it with humor, compassion, and heart.”
— Brian Slatterly, author of Lost Everything and editor of The New Haven Review
“I’m such a fan of Lancelot Schaubert’s work. His unique view of things and his life-wisdom enriches all he does. We’re lucky to count him among our contributors.”
— Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters and Editorial Director of Writer Unboxed
“Lancelot Schaubert writes with conviction but without the cliché and bluster of the propaganda that is so common in this age of blogs and tweets. Here is a real practitioner of the craft who has the patience to pay attention. May his tribe increase!”
— Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove, author of Common Prayer and The Awakening of Hope
“Lancelot was the kind of student every writing teacher hopes to have in her class: attentive, thoughtful, a bit quirky, and innovative. Since his time in my classroom, he has continued to impress me. He ‘sees,’ and his essays, poetry, and fiction are full of details that enable his audience to see. Bravo, Lance.”
— Jackina Stark, author of Things Worth Remembering and Tender Grace
“Schaubert’s narratives are emotionally stirring with both a vulnerable sensibility and rawness to them. They take you on a journey full of open wounds, intimate successes and personal delights. Lancelot’s words have a calmness, a natural ease but the meaning is always commanding and dynamic.”
— Natalie Gee, Brooklyn Film Festival
Best Blog Posts
Some of the most popular articles I’ve written:
- My whole interview series named Sitting at the Feet of (SATFO) features nonconformists who changed their sector of society.
- Because of my minor in mythology, I talk often about things like my Monomyth Definition: A Defense of the Hero’s Journey or whetherJoseph Campbell Believed in God or The Power of Myth
- How Much Do Editors Make?
- 50 Reads for Writers
- Readings of The Best Christmas Stories and The Best Scary Stories for Halloween
- Contra Graham : Our War on Young Adult Literature Betrays Our Immaturity and Insecurity
Who’s Lancelot again?
Born and raised in Southern Illinois amid four generations of carpenters (and named either after Lancelot the knight or Lancelot the soap opera character, depending on which parent you ask), I moved to Joplin, Missouri for college where I did internships in San Diego among young artists and in Detroit — Dearborn — where I taught English and citizenship to Arab immigrants. I auditioned for some TV shows, helped internationals feel at home, and started an artist support group with Mark Neuenschwander, the photographer.
In college, I majored in rhetoric and minored in mythology and ancient literature. Somewhere in there, I fumbled along trying to woo the grooviest girl in the world to marry me. She was from Ferguson, Missouri.
Now, we live in New York City. In addition to writing and producing, I work for ACT International helping artists in the city think cleverer, feel deeper, and act truer. Sometimes I give them grants to jumpstart their careers. Most of the time I just cook them food, let them crash at my place, and hold them when NBC rejects their screenplay or only five of their paintings sell at their gallery. If that’s you, I’m in your corner.
By now, I’ve written hundreds of articles and stories and poems (maybe thousands?) and I’ve spoken for various conferences on writing, culture creating, neighborhood development, and virtue ethics.
I’m hard at work on what will be my first published novel, but I’m also quite dangerous with a nail gun. Ask me about the squirrel sometime.
How else can we connect, Lancelot?
Since 2016, I decided to focus on email, phone, and letters. I’m serious about the email thing: I answer every single one:
…but if you’re looking for a more personal touch, write me a letter. I currently have about 200 in queue, so it’ll take me awhile, but I’ll get to you sooner rather than later, it’ll just take me a little bit of time:
P.O. Box 320111
Brooklyn, NY 11232-0111