The Moth/Storyville Center for the Spoken Word
The Moth – hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the porch where he and his friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales. The first New York Moth event was held in George's living room and the story events quickly spread to larger venues throughout the city. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Each show features simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes by wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth's directors.
Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs – The Moth Mainstage, which tours nationally, has featured stories by Malcolm Gladwell, Ethan Hawke, Margaret Cho, Annie Proulx, Salman Rushdie, and an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hot-dog eating champion and hundreds more; The Moth StorySLAM program, which conducts open-mic storytelling competitions in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, Milwaukee, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Paul; The MothSHOP Community Education Program, which brings storytelling workshops free of charge to underserved populations; The Moth High School StorySLAMs, which brings the thrill of competitive storytelling to high schools across the country; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 15 million times a year; MothSHOP Corporate, which offers industry-specific storytelling solutions; and The Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, which was launched in 2009,airs weekly on radio stations nationwide. "The Moth: 50 True Stories," published by Hyperion, is available for pre-sale now.