Sometimes simple is sublime. First Person Arts knows this, and is Philadelphia’s own storytelling series.
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Of course, I am a huge fan and sometime producer and participant in spoken word…and in fact am just a little bleary-eyed following last night’s edition of my own Drunken! Careening! Writers! Series at the KGB Bar here in NYC (and the Dirty Laundry series the night before…). So I toast you, my compadres in the city of Brotherly Love, and thanks for being there for ten years, and sharing the work with PIFA!
And share it they will in Slam Nation, an event in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. First Person has gathered some of the best storytellers from across the country to weave their spoken word magic. Next Tuesday, April 26 at 8pm, head on over to the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the big event. Tickets are $25 ($20 for First Person members).
The lineup includes folks from all over including:
Adam Wade (a record 16-time StorySlam champion and two-time Grand Slam champion at The Moth in New York City)
Elna Baker (This American Life, NYC Moth, and author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance)
Margot Leitman (NYC Moth Grand Slam champion, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories)
Jon Aaron (Baltimore’s The Stoop)
Michele Carlo (NYC Moth, The Liar Show, SMITH Magazine)
Nicolette Heavy (Boston’s massmouth)
Katonya Mosley (First Person Arts)
Laura Packer (Boston’s massmouth)
Giulia Rozzi (NYC Moth, Stripped Stories, MTV, Vh1)
The official theme for their stories is “Worldly Possessions.” In keeping with the spirit of migration and travel that led so many artists to Paris at the turn of the century, First Person asked the storytellers to talk about objects representative of journeys they have taken in life, both literal and symbolic ones.
Slam Nation is part of a busy spring for First Person Arts, which presents programming throughout the year that is based on memoir and documentary art. They host StorySlams twice a month at World Cafe Live and L’Etage, as well as events with memoir authors and filmmakers.
The capstone of their yearly programming is the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art. The Festival brings together writers, musicians, storytellers, actors and other artists from across the country for live performances, dynamic workshops, interactive presentations, film premieres and more. This past year included the First Taste Dinner with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien; the East Coast premier of Dan Hoyle’s wildly successful one-man show, The Real Americans; and a star-studded tribute to poet Sonia Sanchez.