Dispatches from the Moth

Explore interviews, storytelling tips, playlists and other Mothy fun curated by our staff and community. New dispatches are posted every other Tuesday.

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jun 07, 2012

Celebrating 15 Years of The Moth

by The Moth Staff

On June 7th, 1997, George Dawes Green invited a small group of people to his home in New York City for the first Moth night. Pegi Vail, a founding member of The Moth’s board, remembers below: I’ll never forget when my friend George Green said to me, “I have this idea I want to tell you about and I want you to do this with me” at our mutual friend Roland Legiardi-Laura’s loft during one of Roland’s regular ‘Salons’ in 1995 or ’96. As I would later write in many appeal letters over the next cou...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: May 16, 2012

Jay Allison on “The Rise of Stories Out Loud”

by The Moth Staff

We were absolutely thrilled to be included in this year’s NarrativeArc conference at Boston University. The conference “celebrates and explores narrative journalism, a powerful, unfettered, public but individually voiced genre, as it expands into many digital media.” Radio legend and The Moth Radio Hour‘s producer Jay Allison delivered the conference’s keynote “The Moth & Friends: The Rise of Stories Out Loud” about the importance of oral storytelling in an increasingly digital world. “I have...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Apr 09, 2012

The Moth Remembers Katherine Russell Rich

by The Moth Staff

Judy Stone, a dear friend of Katherine and long-time member of The Moth community, writes: Our much-loved, deeply admired friend Kathy Rich died last week, nearly two decades after her doctor said she had a year left, two at most. You might say she was living on borrowed time – except that Kathy didn’t borrow time; she owned it, planting her flag firmly and ruling that span of seasons fiercely, wisely, hilariously, benevolently, and beautifully. Hearing of Kathy’s passing, ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Mar 23, 2012

Martin Scorsese to Receive 2012 Moth Award, Honoring the Art of the Raconteur

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

We are thrilled to announce that Mr. Martin Scorsese will receive the 2012 Moth Award, Honoring the Art of the Raconteur at The Moth Ball on Tuesday May 8th. The festivities, part of our 15th anniversary, will take place at Capitale in New York City, and will include a VIP cocktail party, dinner, dancing and show. Rev. Al Sharpton will present a scholarship award to a graduate from our MothSHOP Community Education Program. Additionally, we are delighted to be honoring Bonnie Hammer, Chairm...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Mar 23, 2012

The Moth Profiles: Alex Trajano

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

Alex Trajano is Production Manager at one of The Moth’s beloved partner stations, WDET. When we first decided to launch a StorySLAM in Detroit, WDET’s Pro-Moth, uber-supportive station manager, Mikel Elcessor, recommended Alex Trajano to be our WDET-Moth liaison. Hilarious, efficient, wise and also wise-cracking (as you’ll soon read), Alex helped us land the beautiful Cliff Bell’s for the premier show. He helped us with all the logistics, found our sound person, videographer and started to as...

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