the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
First Story Slam SRO at Kennedy's on OCT 26

massmouth - we did it! We packed the house and created an audience for story that bridged old and new. The tellers represented a fifty year spread from youngest to oldest. The audience was 50% new to the world of story as entertainment. They actually paid to get in! Some of the best stories were told by the tellers at either end of the age spectrum. The styles of telling were as diverse as the stories. So, tonight I am pumped about the future of storytelling - as an art form as a way of life. The story slam showed us a possible path into the future. We can move as artists connected to the larger community through story into the 21st century.

The winner was a 20 yr old from MIT, Paul Hlebowitsh,
he told a great story about his family! He won a $50
gift certificate to Kennedy's Midtown and a t-shirt.

And tied in second place were Bruce Marcus
and Michael Anderson. They got T- shirts
and lotsa love!

Robert Isenberg, Mike Sweeney, Kevin Brooks,Paul Hbelowitsch,Maggie Birch,Robert Fairchild,Bruce Marcus,Michael Anderson,James McCoy, Marty Levin all told stories.
Sallie Rae Rogers put her name in the hat too.

Thanks from all of us to Woo Taing of Kennedy's Midtown,for having the vision to invite us and sponsor us.

We need to say a huge thank you to Andrea Lovett, who has the vision, energy and steady common sense that makes great ideas become reality; to Stu Mendleson who works faithfully and really notices details, to Doria Hughes who provides good will, good humor and good sense to all our work and to Elsa Zuniga who thinks ahead and behind and knows how to organize.
A big thank you to all the judges who came from near and far - Bambi Good, John Porcino, Libby Franck, Lynne Cullen, Jackson Gillman,Susan Lenoe, Doria Hughes, Laura Packer and Karen Chace. Thanks for the features from Lynne Cullen and Laura Packer.

The Graverobbers judging team

What can you do to get a piece of this action? Join massmouth! It is free and won't hurt a bit! in fact it will help you! It will help us all. Buy a T- shirt (order form will be on line soon) tell a friend about the next slam and come with a friend or two on NOV 23, MON same night, same time.

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Way to go Massmouth!!!!!
I plan on visiting in November sorry i missed the scary one.

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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