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July Stor-etry Slam to feature David Novak

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JOHNSON CITY (July 19, 2013) – Popular storyteller David Novak will be the featured guest at “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Stor-etry Slam,” an event with a unique blend of storytelling and poetry, which will be held Wednesday, July 24, at The Battery, 601 Spring Street.

Sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Storytelling Program, the Division of Theatre and Dance in the Department of Communication and TaleTellers of ETSU, the Stor-etry Slam will begin at 7:30 p.m. with storytelling by Novak.

Novak, an award-winning storyteller from Asheville, N.C., who teaches advanced storytelling courses at ETSU, is a veteran of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough.  He is co-founder of the innovative National Yakkers Theatre Ensemble and creator of The Storyteller’s Compass, a “new method of narrative way-finding.”

Following Novak’s performance, the Slam will allow poets and storytellers in the audience to “mix it up,” resulting in a new blending of verbal arts.  Patrons who wish to tell a story may drop their names into a hat, and poets who wish to read or recite will do the same.  Five names will be drawn at random from both the Story Hat and the Poetry Hat.

Stories should be true (or mostly true); related to the theme of the evening, which is “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”; and no longer than 10 minutes.  Poems should also be related to the theme and under five minutes in length.

Judges selected from the audience will pick the winning poems and stories of the night.  First place winners in each category will receive cash prizes.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10.  This event is not suitable for children.

For more information or special assistance or seating for those with disabilities, contact the ETSU Storytelling Program office at (423) 439-7606 or .