the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts
6th and final open slam in Boston Then we have semi finals and the Big Mouth Off, April 26th, 2011
If you have a life, you have a story. Bring it.
Admission $7 and $3 for students...
WGBH host of Celtic Sojourn will be our special guest
Where I'm From
I am from clothespins,
I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
Under my bed was a dress box
Listen to George Ella read the poem.
“Where I'm From” grew out of my response to a poem from Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books, 1989; Theater Communications Group, 1991) by my friend, Tennessee writer Jo Carson. All of the People Pieces, as Jo calls them, are based on things folks actually said, and number 22 begins, “I want to know when you get to be from a place. ” Jo's speaker, one of those people “that doesn't have roots like trees, ” tells us “I am from Interstate 40” and “I am from the work my father did. ”Besides being a poem in its own right, “Where I'm From” can be a map for a lot of other writing journeys. " - George Ella Lyons
massmouth and Kennedy’s offer a $50 gift certificate and a t-shirt for the winner of each monthly slam. On April 26, 2011 all the finalists will gather for a BIGMOUTHOFF story slam at Rabb Hall at Copley Square Library. massmouth will award the winners of this contest a fabulous prizes.