Monthly ‘Stor-etry Slam’ gives poets, storytellers opportunity to mix it up

9:55 am | November 7, 2012

Patrick Cronin will the featured guest for this month’s installment of an East Tennessee State University program that offers poets and storytellers a chance to “mix it up.”

“Re-Generation: A Johnson City Stor-etry Slam,” will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Battery, 601 Spring Street.

Sponsored by the ETSU Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling and the Department of Literature and Language, the events feature a noted storyteller, then combines two streams of spoken word into a “new performance cocktail,” resulting in a new blending of verbal arts.

Cronin, professor and director of the Division of Theatre and Dance in ETSU’s Department of Communication, will share stories of life in the theater and Hollywood. The stage and screen actor has appeared in numerous films and television programs over the years, and most recently worked on an episode of Lifetime’s “Army Wives” and the film “This World,” written and directed by two ETSU theater graduates, John Hardy and Rick McVey.

The Stor-etry Slam is different from a traditional storytelling concert.

Instead of performances by paid professional storytellers, Slam patrons who wish to tell a story drop their names into a hat, and poets who wish to read or recite will do the same. Five names will be drawn at random from both the Story Hat and the Poetry Hat.

Stories should be true (or mostly true), related to the November theme of “Fallout,” and no longer than 10 minutes. Poems should also be related to the theme and less than five minutes in length.

Three story judges and three poetry judges, selected from the audience, will pick the winning poems and stories of the night. First-place winners in each category will receive cash prizes.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$10. This event is not suitable for children.

For more information or special assistance or seating for those with disabilities, contact the ETSU Storytelling Program office at 439-7606 or email

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