April Story Slam to feature tales of 'Crossing Borders'


JOHNSON CITY – “Crossing Borders” is the theme of the April event in East Tennessee State University’s “Re-Generation: A Johnson City Story Slam” series.

The Story Slam will be held Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Nelson Fine Art Center, 324 E. Main St.  Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Storytellers in the audience may share tales of “literally crossing geographic boundary lines or memoirs of moments when personal boundaries were crossed for good or ill,” 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 “Crossing Borders” 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. 

This event is not suitable for children.

For more information, contact the ETSU Storytelling Program office at (423) 439-7606 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.
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