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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: Sep 02, 2011

Announcing New StorySLAMs in Louisville and Pittsburgh!

by Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer

Welcome storytellers and story listeners! We’re excited to announce that starting this September, The Moth will be presenting more stories of grit(s) and steel! Our monthly Louisville StorySLAMs kick-off September 27th at Headliners Music Hall and will continue on the last Tuesday of every month. Pittsburgh StorySLAMs begin October 11th and will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at Club Café. We’re also adding another StorySLAM on the third Monday of the month in Chicago at the Ha...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Aug 30, 2011

The Moth Profiles: Mazz Swift

by Laura Hadden, Media & Communications Manager

Many musicians have graced The Moth stage, but few as often as Mazz Swift, who began playing violin at age 6 and first bestowed her improvised pieces on The Moth audiences in 2006. The role of The Moth musician is a unique one. Their music opens the show, drawing the audience’s attention to the stage before the storytelling begins. The musician also serves as a timekeeper, playing a few notes as a signal to storytellers that they are nearing or have exceeded their allotted time. While ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jul 19, 2011

In Loving Memory of Katie Sanderson

by The Moth

We would like to express our deep sadness and profound sense of loss at the unexpected passing of our beloved colleague, Katie Sanderson, and extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Katie was a light in the world, a fierce champion of the arts, and she will live on in our hearts and minds forever. A fund for the education of her three-year-old son, Milo Sanderson Miga, has been set up. Please send donations made out to: Michael Migac/o The Moth481 Broadway, Third Flo...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jun 30, 2011

Remembering Marvin Gelfand

by Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer

The Moth lost a dear friend and storyteller this year. Marvin Gelfand first showed up at StorySLAM in January of 2002. He was hard to miss, an older gentleman with a shock of white hair, dark glasses and a cane. When his name was picked from the hat, he stood up and requested an elbow to help guide him up on stage. And that’s when we first heard, in his quavering but authoritative voice, our first unforgettable Marvin Gelfand story. Marvin wore many hats in life. He was an economics profess...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jun 16, 2011

What’s Your Story? The Moth Pitch Line Turns 2 with 200+ Submissions!

by The Moth

Many people engage with The Moth as listeners through subscribing to our weekly podcast or tuning in to The Moth Radio Hour on their local public radio station. But two summers ago, The Moth decided to give its listeners the opportunity to take off their headphones and step up to the microphone via our Pitch Line. Before we knew it – the story ideas came pouring in from around the globe! To date there have been a total of 212 story ideas received through the Pitch Line – including one by Fath...

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