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MEDIA CONTACT
Becca Jennings, Marketing and Communications Manager
bjennings@firstpersonarts.org
267-402-2055

RECENT FIRST PERSON ARTS PRESS RELEASES
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April 10, 2017 | Storytelling Shows Tackle Today’s Most Pressing Issues Through Local Voices and Artistic Response

January 19, 2017 | New Broadcast and Live Event Series Examines Current Events Through Personal Narrative

January 6, 2017 | The Anti-Valentine’s Day StorySlam Returns for its Seventh Year

August 25, 2016 | The 15th Anniversary First Person Arts Festival Announces Its Full Schedule

June 14, 2016 | COLLABORATIVE LOCAL STORYTELLING VENTURE YIELDS EVENTS, RADIO SERIES AND PODCASTS

FPA IN THE NEWS

2017

May 25, 2017 | Philly Weekly | Black, Trans and Gifted: South Philly’s WORDZ the Poet Emcee has a lot to say

May 17, 2017 | Broad Street Review | From the radio to the stage: Commonspace LIVE comes to FringeArts

May 16, 2017 | Generocity | Commonspace LIVE is tackling gentrification, masculinity and ‘battle scars’

May 15, 2017 | Metro | Commonspace LIVE is where art and journalism collide

February 25, 2017 | The Philadelphia Tribune | New WHYY series invites listeners to share their stories

February 24, 2017 | Generocity | Listen to these personal stories about immigration, being a Black man and more

February 21, 2017 | Broad Street Review | ‘Commonspace’ combines news and narrative at WHYY and First Person Arts

February 7, 2017 | Philadelphia Magazine | 10 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Philly: And none of them involve a candlelit dinner

February 5, 2017 | Broad Street Review | Philly shows for Valentine’s Day lovers and haters

January 26, 2017 | Philly Voice | First Person Arts and WHYY launch new podcast

2016

November 20, 2016 | Broad Street Review | First Person Arts presents Nimisha Ladva’s ‘Uninvited Girl: An Immigrant Story’: Undocumented, unafraid

November 11, 2016 | philly.com | Franklin Square gets lit and 17 other ways to spend your weekend, Nov. 11-13

Nov. 10, 2016 | GPhilly | LGBTQ Event of the Week: DTF: Darryl and Timaree Fun Hour

November 1, 2016 | Metro | The First Person Arts Festival returns for 2016

October 18, 2016 | WPVI | 6abc Loves the Arts: First Person Arts Festival

August 24, 2016 | The Philadelphia Tribune | Chris Lundy energizes FPA’s StorySlams

August 22, 2016 | Crain’s New York | Dancer-actress Charlotte Bydwell takes her one-woman show to the streets of New York City

June 15, 2016 | Current | WHYY partners with nonprofit on storytelling project

June 2, 2016 | Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine Blog | From Scrubs to Stage, Temple Resident Finds Meaning in Telling Stories

June 1, 2016 | WHYY’s NewsWorks | The heights of a teenage crush — and a hard landing

May 31, 2016 | Philly Voice | First Person Arts and Da Vinci Art Alliance team up for new workshop

May 11, 2016 | Metro | Night Market, Hip hop yoga and more to do this weekend

May 11, 2016 | WHYY’s NewsWorks | Weekly Entertainment Guide – Art in the Open

April 28, 2016 | Philly Voice | Attend the First Person Arts Grand Slam at World Cafe Live: Who will win Season 16’s ‘Best Storyteller in Philadelphia’ title?

April 6, 2016 | Philadelphia Inquirer | ‘Empire’s’ Bryshere Gray talks to Philly students about mental health

February 11, 2016 | Jewish Exponent | For StorySlam Event, the Humor Is Out There

February 11, 2016 | NewsWorks | Weekly Entertainment Guide – All You Need is Love

February 10, 2016 | Philadelphia Weekly | Love advice from Ex-Files StorySlam host Robin Gelfenbien

February 10, 2016 | philly.com | From sweetheart skating to Netflix and chill: 10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2016 | Geekadelphia | Win Tickets to First Person Arts Ex-Files Anti-Valentine’s Day StorySlam! [Giveaway]

February 3, 2016 | NewsWorks | For this waiter, revenge is best served in a bottle

January 28, 2016 | Philth | LIVE STORYTELLING IN PHILLY

January 20, 2016 | uwishunu | First Person Arts 16th StorySlam Season Continues Through Spring

January 6, 2016 | NewsWorks | Retracing the route of his grandfather’s refugee story

2015

December 2, 2015 | NewsWorks | On becoming American: ‘I am an illegal alien, and I am turning myself in.’

December 1, 2015 | Temple News | Exploring racial, social issues with art

November 14, 2015 | GPhilly | First Person Arts Donates Tickets to LGBTQ Youth

November 13, 2015 | Philebrity | This Weekend: Can’t You Hear The Thunder?

November 13, 2015 | WHYY’s NewsWorks | ‘Outcry!’ responds to deaths of African-Americans at hands of police

November 12, 2015 | Geekadelphia | Geekend Picks: Rothman Institute Ice Rink, Bacon and Beer Festival, YA Lit Extravaganza, and More!

November 11, 2015 | Philebrity | This Evening: The Public Image Belongs To Me

November 10, 2015 | Weekender | Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things to do in the city of brotherly love this weekend

November 10, 2015 | WURD | Interview with Freeway

November 10, 2015 | Philly Gay Calendar | THE FIVE: Bad Kids, Boxers and Bearlesque

November 9, 2015 | Broad Street Review | First Person Arts Festival features African American Museum’s “Outcry!”

November 9, 2015 | Philly Mag Ticket | 19 Things to Do in Philly This Week

November 6, 2015 | Philly Mag Ticket | 19 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

November 5, 2015 | Philadelphia Gay News | First Person Arts performers get personal

November 4, 2015 | Jewish Exponent | First Person Arts Festival Adds Jewish Flair to Spoken Word

November 4, 2015 | Phawker | PHENOMENON: The Truth Is Out There

November 4, 2015 | WHYY’s NewsWorks | A first-person story 20 years in the making

November 4, 2015 | Philadelphia Magazine | 9 Questions With the Phenomenal Ursula Rucker

November 4, 2015 | WHYY’s NewsWorks | Weekly Entertainment Guide – Poetry in Beauty

November 3, 2015 | uwishunu | Two Theatrical Festivals Hitting Philly Stages This Week: First Person Arts Festival And Philadelphia Improv Festival

November 2, 2015 | Philly.com | What to see at the First Person Arts Festival

November 2, 2015 | Philly Mag Ticket | 17 Things to Do in Philly This Week

November 1, 2015 | Radio 104.5 | 11-1 Insight First Person Arts

November 1, 2015 | Mix 106.1 | 11-1 Insight First Person Arts

November 1, 2015 | Q102 | 11-1 Insight First Person Arts

November 1, 2015 | WJJZ | 11-1 Insight First Person Arts

November 1, 2015 | Power 99 | 11-1 Insight First Person Arts

November 1, 2015 | Billy Penn | 15th First Person Arts Grand Slam

October 31, 2015 | Philadelphia Tribune | First Person Arts festival puts storytelling on diverse stages

October 29, 2015 | uwishunu | The 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival Of Storytelling And Performance Arrives November 4-15

October 28, 2015 | Philly Weekly | A stage for our stories: First Person Arts & the art of storytelling

October 28, 2015 | Al Dia | Speaking out about being a gay Latina ‘Chicanarrican’

October 27, 2015 | GPhilly | First Person Arts Has Found a Very Bad Boy In David Crabb

October 19, 2015 | philly.com | Short story: Ancient craft a hot new trend

October 16, 2016 | Asbury Park Press | ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ hits the books

uwishunu | Top Fall Festivals in Philadelphia

October 10, 2015 | Philadelphia Sunday Sun | Powerful African American voices at the 14th Annual First Person Arts Festival, Nov. 4-15

September 22, 2015 | WDAS | Celebrating Patty Jackson’s Birthday At First Person Arts Festival Kickoff!

September 22, 2015 | Philly Weekly | Tues., Sept. 22 to do: First Person Arts StorySlam & more

September 15, 2015 | Philly Weekly | Festivals, happenings & more: 50 things to do in Philly this fall

September 15, 2015 | Geekadelphia | First Person Arts Festival Returns, Urging All to Share Life

September 14, 2015 | GPhilly | Philly’s First Person Arts Festival Highlights LGBT Stories

September 10, 2015 | Philly Mag Ticket | First Person Arts Festival Announces Full Lineup

July 31, 2015 | Philly.com | Tonight on stage: Black men in positive spotlight

July 31, 2015 | Philly.com | This week in Philly: July 27-Aug. 2

July 28, 2015 | Philly Voice | Black Thought joins ‘Engaging Males of Color’ speaker series

July 28, 2015 | WURD | Dr. Arthur Evans Interview on MOJO

July 27, 2015 | Generocity | First Person Arts and DBHIDS are teaming up to have men of color tell their powerful stories

July 24, 2015 | Philly 360• | “Must-Hit: Beyond Expectations – Engaging Men Of Color Featuring Black Thought, Rich Medina, Bernard Hopkins & More – Friday, July 31

July 23, 2015 | Philly Gay News | News Briefing July 24-30, 2015

July 8, 2015 | NewsWorks | When Dad says, ‘Oops, don’t watch that video,’ what can you do but watch?

June 3, 2016 | NewsWorks | A childhood game ends with smashing results

May 6, 2015 | Newsworks | “For musicians, belief in art and the gift of song is the coin of the realm”

April 1, 2015 | NewsWorks | When ‘Star Wars’ as a religious experience goes to extremes

March 4, 2015 | NewsWorks | Discovering in 7th grade what life is all about

February 4, 2015 | NewsWorks | If you see a bear in the woods, don’t do what this guy did

January 7, 2015 | NewsWorks | Forsaking one promise about dead bodies to honor another

2014

December 4, 2014 | Philadelphia City Paper | “Swapping storytelling stories with First Person Arts’ VIP raconteurs”

November 19, 2014 | Temple News | “Festival celebrates the individual voice”

November 14, 2014 | Philadelphia Tribune | “Journalist Lu Ann Cahn talks cancer battle”

November 14, 2014 | NewsWorks | “Ira Glass brings ‘Reinventing Radio’ show to Kimmel”

November 14, 2014 | Philadelphia Tribune | “Philip Bailey talks about life and Earth, Wind & Fire”

November 7, 2014 | Power 99FM | “11-9 Insight First Person Arts Festival”

November 11, 2014 | WDAS | First Person Arts Festival (Video interview with Executive Director Jamie J. Brunson)

November 7, 2014 | philly.com | “Gay To Do: Wanda Sykes, First Person Arts Festival & more”

November 6, 2014 | Phawker.com | “THE NAKED TRUTH: Sexytime Q&A With Stripped Stories Hostesses Margot Leitman & Giula Rozzi”

November 6, 2014 | Daily News | “Ruby waxes funny – and smart – the on mental challenges of modern life”

November 6, 2014 | WURD | Interview with Philip Bailey

November 5, 2014 | City Paper | “First Person Arts 13th Season Grand Slam”

November 4, 2014 | Philly 360• | “The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival Returns To Philadelphia – November 4 – 15”

November 2, 2014 | KYW | “Festival Of Story Telling Kicks Off This Week In Philadelphia”

October 31, 2014 | philly.com | “Tell us a story: First Person Arts Festival returns”

October 29, 2014 | Al Dia | “First Person Arts gets ready for its 13th annual festival”

October 31, 2014 | uwishunu.com | “A Guide To The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival, Returning November 4-15 With Storytelling, Panels And A Food Event With Chefs Marcus Samuelsson And Jennifer Carroll”

October 31, 2014 | Philadelphia Tribune | “Chef Samuelsson: Cooking is liberating”

October 30, 2014 | WURD | Interview with Chef Marcus Samuelsson

October 29, 2014 | WURD | Interview with Obie Award-winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith

October 21, 2014 | Foobooz | “Jen Carroll Cooking With Marcus Samuelsson”

October 21, 2014 | philly.com | “Jennifer Carroll coming home to cook with Marcus Samuelsson”

May 20, 2014 | Story Club Magazine | “First Person Arts Podcast: Who’s Watching the Parents | Jason Pittman”

May 17, 2014 | Philadelphia City Paper | “Congrats to First Person Arts’ Grand Slam winner, Steve Clark”

May 16, 2014 | Philadelphia City Paper | “First Person Arts Grand Slam”

May 16, 2014 | Philadelphia Magazine | “11 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Italian Market Festival, Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and More”

May 15, 2014 | WHYY’s Newsworks | “Weekly Entertainment Guide – Art in the Open, ‘The Real Thing,’ & ‘How to Succeed…'”

May 15, 2014 | uwishunu | First Person Arts’ Season  Finale Crowns The Top Storyteller In Town At Underground Arts This Friday, May 16

May 8, 2014 | Geekadelphia | “First Person Arts’ Grand Slam Returns, Concludes Seventh Season”

April 10, 2014 | Broad Street Review | “First Person Arts heads to Woodmere to celebrate women”

April 10, 2014 | Philly.Com | “Like Bob Saget? Thank Stephen Starr”

April 9, 2014 | uwishunu | “First Person Arts Brings Comedian Kevin Allison’s Storytelling Show RISK! To Underground Arts, Friday, April 11″

April 8, 2014 | G Philly Magazine | “6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: OurNightOut, Quince’s Latest, Young Friends for Brian Sims and More”

April 7, 2014 | Philadelphia Magazine | “5 Things to Do in Philly This Week: Philly Tech Week Picks, Cinedelphia Film Festival Debuts, and More

 

2013

November 21, 2013 | City Paper | “Icepack Illustrated: Gamble, Huff, Mac, Cherie and Cat Power’s pup”

November 13, 2013 | WURD | Interview with First Person Arts Festival Artist, Ana Castillo

November 2013 | WURD | Interview with First Person Arts Festival Artist, Raphael Xavier

November 2013 | WURD | Interview with First Person Arts Festival Artist, Dr. Yaba Blay

November 9, 2013 | Philadelphia Inquirer | “First Person Arts Festival: Stories of us all”

November 7, 2013 | Chestnut Hill Local | “End of 30-year marriage provides the spark – City’s ‘Best Storyteller’ competing to retain crown”

November 7, 2013 | Chestnut Hill Local | “$10 million lottery victory kept secret – Acclaimed Mt. Airy storyteller hosts first StorySlam’”

October 31, 2013 | Montgomery News | “12th Annual First Person Arts Festival coming Nov. 6 to 16”

October 30, 2013 | Al Dia | “Ana Castillo: Voz de la experiencia chicana”

October 20, 2013 | The Philadelphia Sunday Sun | “Renowned scholar and activist Angela Davis added to the First Person Arts Festival, Nov. 14”

October 11, 2013 | uwishunu | “Save The Date: The First Person Arts Festival Returns November 6-16, Featuring More Live Performances In Storytelling, Dance And Theater”