|Robin Maxfield (at mic, right,in camo) had the idea for the theme and the fabulous guest and she emceed too!|
Posting by massmouth member, Jeffrey Dell. Guest blogger Jeff was a contestant at massmouth's Haley House "wysiwyg" slam, March 2011.
|Sheila Leavitt, massmouth supporter, extraordinaire|
As I walked into the bar a familiar voice struck my eardrums.
"Are you going to tell tonight?" The voice was that of Laura Cannon, one of the judges for tonight's Story Slam.
"No," I replied "I'm just here to listen." This was a question I was asked repeatedly as I settled into the backroom at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain for what had promised to be an invigorating night of story telling.
As a story slam veteran, I was excited for the season to begin and I was not disappointed. Last season’s story slams at the Bella Luna Cafe in JP had proved to be wildly successful, and the slams I had attended turned into standing room events. I had found the massmouth story slams after finding NPRs The Moth radio program in which storytellers share personal stories from their own lives.
|Mia won Audience Choice in a close tie|
Doyle's Cafe was the site of the first story slam of the fall 2011/2012 season. Modeled after a poetry slam, a story slam is an event where the names of storytellers are drawn from a hat and those selected have 5 minutes to recount their personal experiences about a theme. Judges score the stories based on a myriad of factors including relevance to theme and flow of the story and prizes are given to the winners along with an opportunity to compete in the semi-finals in the spring.
|Josh and his nunchucks* to the rescue.|
|Special guest, and one fabulous storyteller, Shawn Donavon|
|Allie McGovern, 2nd place winner|
* Nunchucks or Nunchaku (ヌンチャク Nunchaku?) is a traditional Okinawan weapon consisting of two sticks connected at their ends with a short chain or rope.