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Ashley Stearns
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I've loved other people's stories since I was a young child, listening to my father talk about hunting the wild hogs in the swamps along the gulf coast of Mississippi and Louisiana with his father and a horde of uncles, cousins, and Buster, the hog dog. "You couldn't find a better animal to make andouille with 'cuz all they ate was that sweet nut grass that only grows there," he'd assure us, arms folded confidently across his chest. I pictured him and his older brother with their rifles, tricked out in heavy oilcloth coats and denim overalls, piling out of Daddy Buck's Model A along some desolate stretch of a two-lane highway straight out of Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" at dusk, and trudging for the scrub oak, heavy with Spanish Moss. Can I tell stories as vivid, funny, exciting, and compelling as my father's about my own life? We shall see.

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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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What is a story slam? Get the FAQs! 9 Replies

Started by Norah Dooley in Uncategorized. Last reply by Tamara Safford Feb 4, 2014.

Press Clippings 2012-2013 - Links and as a Pdf

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Storytelling is front page news in Boston...12/22/12 2 Replies

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Grand Slam Story Slam Fuller Craft Museum May 7th

The South Shore story Slams presents The GRAND SLAM STORY SLAM MAY 5TH @The Company Theater 6:30PM the winners of Doyles and SS Story Slam Season compete for Maine Getaway valued at  $1,000. Get your tickets before they are gone $25.00 in advance $20.00 members at door $30.00 non members 



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