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The FIRST Carl Sandburg Story Slam!

January 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Carl Sandburg Home NHS will host its first community storytelling slam on Carl Sandburg’s Birthday, Sunday, January 6, 2019. Storytellers from across the region will share true five-minute stories with a live audience at Blue Ridge Community College Bo Thomas Auditorium from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and suitable for all ages. American Sign Language interpreters will also translate the stories for the audience.

A call for storytellers went out in November, with finalists notified in December. Each storyteller was asked to submit a true story reflecting the theme of “dream,” based on a line Carl Sandburg wrote in a poem, “nothing happens unless first a dream.” The audience will enjoy listening to finalists’ true stories of “dream” through actual dreams, goals achieved, surprises, and dreams waylaid by struggle and hardship. There will be laughter, tears, and a sense of relating to the very personal experiences of the storytellers.

“Carl Sandburg worked with people from all walks of life and learned from their perspectives. His genuine interest and care for others is what made him such a strong voice for the people. A storytelling event, featuring everyday people, is a powerful way to celebrate his birthday and legacy,” said Park Superintendent Polly Angelakis.

The story slam will be moderated by storyteller Johnny Thomas Fowler. Fowler is from Boiling Springs, SC. He is an award winning banjo and harmonica player and recipient of the South Carolina Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, the highest honor given to folk artists in South Carolina. He is one of sixteen storytellers featured in the book, Southern Appalachian Storytellers. Fowler co-hosts an old-time radio show, This Old Porch, and hosts and produces WORD STAGE, a weekly storytelling series. Both can be heard on North Carolina Public Radio station WNCW.

A panel of judges will rate the stories, with first place awarded $100, second place $75, and third place, $50. All finalists will receive a small thank you gift for participating.

In case of inclement weather, the snow date will be January 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We will notify finalists and post information on our website, www.nps.gov/carl, Facebook page, and via media advisory if the story Slam has to be rescheduled.

Support for the Slam is provided by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, the park’s fundraising partner, and by Eastern National, the partner that manages our bookstore.


January 6
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

To list an event, contact davidjoe@davidjoemiller.com.

This Spoken Word calendar and its listings are curated by David Joe Miller, professional storyteller and executive director of David Joe Miller Presents! David Joe has been a professional storyteller and narrative consultant since 1989 and has entertained audiences such as Disney, World Bank, The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian and former Vice President, Al Gore. David Joe not only tells stories but he also consults with small businesses, corporations and organizations as he trains leaders in the importance and effectiveness of “storytelling” in the workplace, with donors and with clients. He has worked with World Bank, Citi-Bank, Pfizer, Philips Medical Devices and The Nature Conservancy as well as several other Fortune 500 corporations and leading non-profits. Find more information at www.davidjoemiller.com.