As many of you are aware, my latest obsession is performing personal stories in live shows on the Los Angeles storytelling circuit. I'm excited to announce I've kicked off 2018 by winning first place at a Moth StorySlam in L.A. I'm so grateful to experience the embrace of The Moth's warm, vibrant international storytelling community.
"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." The essence of it is this: true stories, told live, no notes. StorySlams are just one aspect of The Moth, in which storytellers throw their names in a sack, and ten are randomly chosen to share a five-minute story on the night's theme. Storytellers often spend days or weeks preparing. Sometimes our names get picked, sometimes they don't. Sometimes we rock the house, sometimes we don't. The three judging teams are random audience members. I love the egalitarian nature of these nights.
On January 23, 2018, the StorySlam topic was Achilles Heel. For a memoirist, it feels fitting, and humbling, to experience my first Moth win by sharing my weaknesses. There are always many opinions on the night's best story, as you can see from the photo of the scoreboard. But hey, I'll take it! In a few weeks, I'll post a video of my performance. I now qualify to compete in a Moth Grand Slam with nine other StorySlam winners.
There's no prize for winning, just the joy of celebrating the human experience with some of the best storytellers around, and an enthusiastic audience. I'll keep you posted when that's scheduled. Till then...
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