Storytelling at The Moth
Once a month, at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, ten regular folks get a chance to tell a five-minute, true story on a theme determined in advance: Ambition. Legends. Birthdays. Gratitude. This happens in cities all over the United States and around the world.
I've tossed my name in the hat (well, canvas tote bag) a bunch of times. Sometimes I get lucky. A few times, I've won and gone on to take the stage with nine exceptional Philly storytellers in an annual Moth GrandSlam. I was a winner (tied for first place with Ryan Roe) of the most recent GrandSlam, December 12, 2022, at Union Transfer.
You can't reproduce the electric, kinetic buzz of a live slam: the ting of forks and glasses, the held-breath pause and the release of laughter, the back-and-forth ballet between teller and listeners. But you can try. Grab a snack, pour yourself a cuppa something, sit back and enjoy. Each one's just five minutes.
luck. march 15, 2021
a virtual slam; recorded from home
"I wondered where they'd been before, all these broken people. Then I realized: They'd always been there. I just hadn't seen them."
birthdays. june 7, 2022
"[The midwife] uses the term 'due date,' like what you've got in there is a library book, not a small human using your bladder as a pillow."