Global storytelling nonprofit The Moth, the team behind the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and ultra-popular eponymous podcast, has selected Tulsa for the launch of The Moth Pop-Up Porch. Inspired by the nonprofit organization’s origin— sharing stories on a porch during summer nights in Georgia— The Moth Pop Up Porch, presented in collaboration with General Motors, is a specially-built tiny house with a big porch that will travel to Tulsa, Dallas, Jackson, New Orleans, Birmingham, and Atlanta this Fall. With this traveling experience, The Moth seeks to uncover new, diverse stories in these unique and vibrant cities and bring them to stages worldwide and, ultimately, to listeners on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast.
The Moth Pop-Up Porch is free and open to the public. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Moth story directors, instructors and producers, learn how to craft and pitch stories, collaborate with other storytellers and pitch ideas to The Moth team. Story facilitators will be available to work with and hear from local storytellers at events at Guthrie Green and The Gathering Place. In addition to storytelling opportunities, Magic City Books will host a book signing with Jennifer Hixson, a senior director and host of Moth Radio Hour to celebrate How to Tell A Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from the Moth. A Moth StorySLAM will also be held at Living Arts. This ticketed, open-mic storytelling competition, allows anyone with a five-minute story based on the theme of CROSSROADS (exploring a turning point in one's life) to take the stage to share their story and compete for the title of StorySLAM champ. Ten participants are selected at random to share their stories.
The Moth Pop-Up Porch in Tulsa:
- Sept. 21 – 22, Pop-Up Porch at Guthrie Green, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (111 E Reconciliation Way)
- Sept. 22, StorySLAM, Living Arts Studio, 7 p.m. (307 E Reconciliation Way)
- Sept. 23 – 25, Pop-Up Porch at The Gathering Place, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ( 2650 S John Williams Way)
- Sept. 24, Magic City Books event, 2 - 3 p.m. (221 E. Archer St.)