Stories On Stage and Page
TELLING MY STORIES
In 2013, I was asked to tell a story on stage for the new storytelling event series, Tenx9 Nashville. Over three dozen stories later, and I still love sharing true stories in front of an audience. In addition to Tenx9, I've also told stories at events by The Porch, other community events, as well as several storytelling shows all over the city.
In 2018 and 2019, I was a part of the Tennessee Women's Theater Project's, Women's Work Festival in Nashville, TN. "By Hook or Crook," and "My Mom Suit Itches A Lot" are the shows I wrote and performed.
In a collaboration with One Voice Nashville, I spent months getting to know a young person, who was incarcerated at the Juvenile Justice Center in Nashville. Over the weeks, she began to capture parts of her story, her past, her future. This became the text of a piece, which was shared, alongside three other actors, at an event called Unlocked
Poetry has been a central medium for me since I was a child. I began publishing and performing poetry in the nineties and self-published a book of poems called "Testament," in 2002. I continue to share poetry on stage. In 2010, I started a blog called Big Blue Dot Y'all. I've also interviewed several artists for the abrasiveMedia blog.
PRODUCING AND HOSTING
I produced a weekly Open Mic, called Women Out Loud in Knoxville, TN for five years, until 2001. I've brought over ten storytelling shows to the stage, with True Stories Let Loose and True Stories: NSFW. I've hosted dozens of events and enjoy bringing voices, often marginalized, center stage. You can read more about True Stories Let Loose here.