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ETSU’s storytelling series moving to new venue

“Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam,” East Tennessee State University’s ongoing series of monthly storytelling events, is moving to a new venue and new day of the week for the spring semester.
Nelson Fine Art Center in downtown Johnson City will host the Story Slam sessions on the third Friday of each month from February through April. Each will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, located at 324 E. Main St., and admission is free, although donations are welcome.
“Drunken Dialing” is the theme of the Feb. 21 Story Slam. Storytellers in the audience may share tales of literally calling someone while “under the influence,” or “memoirs of communications in any medium that may have been spoiled by excess of enthusiasm or deficits of tact,” according to Dr. Joseph Sobol, professor of Curriculum and Instruction and program coordinator of the master’s degree concentration in storytelling in ETSU’s Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education.
Stories should be true (or mostly true), related to the “Drunken Dialing” theme, and no longer than 10 minutes.
Patrons who wish to tell a story may drop their names into a hat, and seven names will be drawn at random. Judges selected from the audience will pick the winning stories of the night. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize.
“Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” is sponsored by the ETSU Storytelling Program, the Division of Theatre and Dance in the Department of Communication and TaleTellers of ETSU. The themes and dates of remaining events this semester are “Breaking the Ice” on March 21 and “Crossing Borders” on April 18.
This event is not suitable for children.
For more information, contact the ETSU Storytelling Program office at 439-7606 or [email protected] For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.