In my last note to y'all, I promised I would post a video of my winning story from The Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles in January. You can now go to my blog to see Just me and My Cross. One of the rules for the StorySlam is that stories are limited to five minutes with a one-minute grace period, so it's a short one. I'll keep you posted when the date is announced for me to move on to compete at The Grand Slam. "The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience." If you're unfamiliar with live storytelling, I recommend checking out The Moth Radio Hour or The Moth Podcast. I always find it mesmerizing.
In March, the dedicated producers at Southern California Radio's KPCC In Person invited me to perform in their live storytelling series, Unheard L.A.—The Stories of Where you Live. You can now also see that show on my blog. Unheard L.A. puts community voices center stage, true stories of struggle and survival, hope and fear, and the unexpected. Episode 5 took place in my hometown of Downey, and it was one of the proudest nights of my life to be part of this celebration of L.A.'s diverse people and experiences. If you want to skip to my story about how a freeway changed my life, you can go to 50:51, but I suggest watching the whole terrific show.
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