Re-generation: A Johnson City Story Slam Continues
The Re-generation Story Slam kicks off the holiday season with the third in a series of story slams on Friday, November 18, 8:00 p.m. at Nelson Fine Art Center in downtown Johnson City. This month’s theme is “Blue.”.
The slam is open to everyone in the community who has something to say. Adventurous residents with a true personal story to tell that relates to the theme can arrive early and put their names in the drawing. You don’t have to be a seasoned storyteller or slam poet – all are welcome. Admission is free to the public with a suggested donation of 5 to 10 dollars. Stories are aimed at adults, so use discretion when bringing children.
Story Slams have been a part of the Johnson City arts scene for six years now, but most of our community still doesn’t know what a Story Slam is. For those who are come for the first time this month, here are a few facts about the history of the leader in the slam movement, The Moth.
According to Wikipedia, “The StorySLAM is a live storytelling competition in the vein of poetry slams organized by The Moth, a non-profit literary society from New York, since 2001. Storytellers (slammers) have 5 minutes each to tell a story, based on a theme chosen for the event.” The Moth had taken huge strides around the United States to spread the gift of story and the incomparable connection, between tellers, audience and story, telling brings. Like poetry slams, story slams share a festive environment, usually gathering around mugs of ale or other fine spirits. Slams foster an unabashed environment in which there is no such thing as too far or too little. Story Slams are meant to foster real life tellers of true stories. At the Re-generation: A Johnson City Story Slam people have double the original 5 minutes to tell and are allotted 10 minutes to tell anything they like, as long as it follows a few rules of thumb:
1. Stories should be true.
2. Stories should be 10 minutes or less.
3. Stories should be told and not read.
4. Stories should relate to the theme.
Participants put their name in the “hat” from which seven tellers are randomly selected. The event is judged by volunteers from the audience and the winner receives a cash prize! If you prepared a story but your name wasn’t drawn, you still have a chance to tell. A story open mic follows the slam competition.
Dick Nelson, owner of Nelson Fine Art Center, offers great coffee and allows guests to bring their own beverages to the slam. This is the third year the story slam has been housed at Nelson’s.
TaleTellers, an ETSU student led organization, hosts, schedules, and manages story slam operations.
Here is what some folks have to say about Johnson City’s Story Slams:
We sat down with some audience members, tellers and a venue owner to find out.
“I think any Story Slam is an amazing opportunity to experience the humanity of everyday life through someone else’s perspective” – A.D.
“The Story Slams here in Johnson City are the best in the region. I have been to several different places for Slams. Johnson City’s is edgy, honest and in general told more effectively” –Z.R.
“There are always many sides to a story. Storytellers present the most entertaining side” –C.N.
“I love when the space gets transformed from one space to the other” –D.N. owner of the Fine Art Center that has hosted Johnson City Story Slams for the last several years.
The November 18th event is the third in a full season of six slams continuing through April. Slams are intended to share local talents and foster the growth of new talent, here, in Johnson City. You can follow the group’s activities and events at Regeneration: A Johnson City Story Slam on Facebook or TaleTellers Official Facebook page and on Instagram. Direct inquiries to the Department of Communication & Performance at 423-439-7676 or firstname.lastname@example.orgState.edu.