David Joe Miller is honored to be co-hosting Spoken Word OPEN MIC! with Dr. Wendy Welch author of “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap” and “ “Fly Or Fall, The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia.”
Welch will discuss her recent book “Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia.” The nonfiction work discusses foster care and adoption against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. The book uses what Welch refers to as “storytelling journalism,” relying on interviews the author conducted with more than 60 social workers, parents and children from the region who have been impacted by the system. Spoken Word OPEN MIC invites all spoken word artists and writers to sign up and share their work. Each participant signs up for ten minutes of stage time to tell a story, recite or read poetry or their written work. There is no theme, no competition and no censorship. The show may contain adult material so it’s best suited for audiences of ages sixteen and older.
David Joe is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough and created the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild in 1994. He’s been a professional storyteller since 1989 and has been producing spoken word events since 2015 in both Asheville, NC. and Jonesborough.
Spoken Word Open Mic takes place at The McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave. (corner of Franklin Ave. and East Main St.) Jonesborough, TN. Show begins at 7pm on Wednesday June 27th, sign up begins at 6:30. Free parking and accessible for everyone.