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Moth Stories

Storytelling at The Moth

live events and radio podcasts

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: Sweat. Fight or flight. First impressions. Books. 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 storytellers in an annual Moth GrandSlam. I was a winner (tied for first place with Ryan Roe) of the December 2022 GrandSlam at Union Transfer in Philadelphia; the theme was "tipping points." 


You can't reproduce the electric, kinetic buzz of a live slam: the ting of forks and glasses, the held-breath pause and the pop 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. 

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home. december 5, 2023
a live slam in philadelphia

"As a kid, I logged a lot of hours in the back of my dad's Chevy. That's what happens when you grow up in the suburbs."


first impressions. january 16, 2024
a live slam in philadelphia

"My first encounter with eggs was not a happy one. I was somewhere between baby and toddler..."

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