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Meet Team Boston

A couple of blog posts ago we introduced you to the 2011 Team Philly, a stellar group of First Person Arts’ storytellers who are scheduled to take on story slammers from Boston story slam organization, massmouth at April 15th’s Philly vs. Boston StorySlam, part of the Philadelphia Book Festival and Philadelphia Science Festival this month.

Who are these Boston slammers? And what might Team Philly and Philly slam fans expect? Check out our photos, bios and links to videos from our MassMouth rivals: Ben Cunningham, Norah Dooley, Katie Liesener and Jim Stahl below.

A few suggestions to Philly fans when Boston takes center stage:
– Do not wear Red Socks.
– Don’t offer to host a post-slam Tea Party.
– And as a general rule, we don’t recommend you eat baked beans.

Give Boston a Philly welcome they’ll remember. See you April 15!

Ben Cunningham
New to storytelling but not performing arts, Ben Cunningham is a dancer, slam poet, teacher and is the first person to win two story slams in one massmouth season (2010- 2011).

Check out Ben’s video here.

Norah Dooley
Norah Dooley is an “…entrancing storyteller”, (Scott Alarik, Boston Globe) children’s author, and a versatile presenter in schools, a keynote speaker at teacher’s conferences.

She has been a featured storyteller in the Christmas and Spring Revels, Albany River Festival, Newport Folk Festival and at the Clearwater Festival. Norah is the co-founder of massmouth,inc. and project director of massmouth’s StoriesLive®, a curriculum based, high school storytelling initiative. http://www.norahdooley.com

Check out Norah’s video here.

Katie Liesener
Katie Liesener is a storyteller, college writing instructor, and freelance journalist. Her work has appeared, among other places, in The Boston Globe and the Best Food Writing of 2009 anthology. In June, she is co-producing The Nitty Gritty Show, a queer performance revue. She loves to talk to strangers!

Check out Katie’s video here.

Jim Stahl
Educational editor and publisher Jim Stahl (Merlyn’s Pen magazine; merlynspen.org) got to school short-winded, long- haired, one-eyed, two-fisted, bar-mitzvahed and unassisted in the finest suburbs from Boston to Miami and hates to talk about it in his one-man performance memoir, The Matzah Ball Monologues.

Check out Jim’s video here.

Then, bring your Philly spirit and come out and “root, root, root” for the home team Friday, April 15th at 7:30 at the Free Library of Philadelphia. $15 for adults. $7 for students.

-Becca Jennings

Upcoming Events
  • BEyond Expectations – The Talk: Parents, Sons and the Police
  • Date: March 7, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: SouthWest CDC
  • Location: 6328 Paschall Avenue
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  • Date: March 26, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
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