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Meet Grand Slam Contestant, Emma!

Holy smokes! Is it really that time again? On Thursday, May 14, 2015, winners from the 14th Season of FPA StorySlams will be sweaty, nervous, and excited to compete against each other at the Grand Slam at Underground Arts. It’s Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown, and an always sell out event. Psst! Grab your tickets early and save money!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our lineup of this season’s super talented tale spinners. Up this week is Emma, winner of the “Family Matters” StorySlam.

Name: Emma H.
Age: 31
Location: Flourtown, PA
Slam won: Family Matters

FPA: How long have you been “Slamming”?

EH: Officially, about a year, but according to my friends – always.

FPA: How do you prepare for a StorySlam? Do you have any rituals or lucky pairs of socks?

EH: My only real ritual is neurosis, lots of self-doubt, and the absolute conviction that people are going to throw things at me. That way, whatever happens is usually a pleasant surprise.

FPA: Share a storytelling tip with us!

EH: Be your own fool.

FPA: What would Chapter 7 of your memoir be called?

EH: Vodka Coma (and Other Cautionary Tales from the Former Soviet Union)

FPA: Who’s the best storyteller you know and why?

EH: Andrew Panebianco. His attitude is always self-effacing and charmingly neurotic, but his use of language is so precise, so clever, and so clean that it makes his storytelling aspirational instead of just relatable.

FPA: What do you do in real life when you’re not out winning StorySlams?

EH: Fail adulthood in spectacular fashion.

FPA: What do you love most about First Person Arts?

EH: How welcoming everyone has been. The first slam I did was a special event out at Woodmere Art Museum, and the group that came out from FPA immediately embraced me and encouraged me to continue. That lack of competitive ugliness is incredibly appealing.

FPA: If you had a storyteller spirit animal, what would it be?

EH: Something you’d see on an ASPCA commercial.


The 14th Season of First Person Arts StorySlams is presented by Harmelin Media.

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Windfall
  • Date: August 27, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: CSZ Philadelphia
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107