I was excited to learn from my friend Celena that The Moth got a nice shout out in The New York Times. The Moth is a nonprofit organization that has open mic nights where storytellers come and tell their best stories. I started listening to The Moth as a free iTunes podcast and I fell in love. There are beginning writers, experienced writers and everyone in between telling intimate, personal, often hilarious stories. I listen to them on my ride home from work (my hour-long commute on the 405) and I often find myself laughing or crying. I love that everyone has a great story to tell and how writing can transform so many people, no matter who they are.
Here’s what the New York Times had to say:
Since they began in 1997, storytelling nights hosted by the Moth, a nonprofit, have helped aspiring writers try out new material in a nurturing environment. But lately, storytelling has exploded into a thriving genre all its own, a new avenue to prominence for writers and, increasingly, for actors and comedians. In a sense, storytelling has become the new stand-up — a way to be noticed by the literary agents, actors and directors who increasingly populate the audiences.
So check out The Moth podcasts and if you’re a storyteller, do an open mic.