York Story Slam
Close Call

Close Call

April 12, 2022

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

On March 15, nine storytellers shared their stories with our audience for our virtual slam.

The theme for our March story slam was CLOSE CALL. We heard stories about missing the bus, escaping death, and a run-in with a gang.

In the end, our winner was first-time storyteller Helen Dempsey, with her story about getting off course during a Hash while living in France.

Helen earned a spot in our Grand Slam in November. Next up we have David Smith, who shared about his history as an unlucky person, and how his luck changed after receiving a leukemia diagnosis.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from another first-time storyteller, Amos Stoltzfus. Amos told us a story about the time his dog was attacked at the dog park.

All the winners from this year’s open mic story slam events will return to compete for the title of Best Storyteller in York.

We’ll host our first in-person story slam since the Before Times on Tuesday, April 19 in our new location. Updates on our events and tickets for purchase are available on our website, YorkStorySlam.com, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also follow us on twitter at @yorkstoryslam, as well as on Facebook, and watch videos of all the stories from our events on our YouTube channel.

We hope to see you on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

About Last Night

About Last Night

April 7, 2022

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

 

On February 15, nine storytellers shared their stories with our audience during a virtual slam.

The theme for our February story slam was ABOUT LAST NIGHT. We heard stories about blind dates, international travel, lost loved ones, and imbibing to excess.

In the end, our winner was Jason Plotkin, with his story of his dad's final days, and how it affected the people around him.

Jason earned a spot in our Grand Slam in November. Next up we have Eileen Joyce, who shared about making friends with people a bit younger than she and her travel companion.

Next up is Elizabeth Erenberg, who shared how her focus was diverted on two surreal days.

 

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Randy Schulz. Randy told us a story about learning some lessons from the morning after.

All the winners from this year’s open mic story slam events will return at the end of the season to compete for the title of Best Storyteller in York at our Grand Slam.

Updates on our events are available on our website, YorkStorySlam.com, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also follow us on twitter at @yorkstoryslam, as well as on Facebook, and watch videos of all the stories from our events on our YouTube channel.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Grand Slam - Next Time

Grand Slam - Next Time

January 9, 2022

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

On November 30th, the nine winners from our monthly open mic story slams returned to compete for the title of Best Storyteller in York

The theme for the evening was NEXT TIME. We heard stories of memorable animal interactions, wishing for a do-over, and the lessons we can learn from relationships.

Randy Schulz won with his story of his reactions to three different snake-related scenarios.  Randy took home the trophy and bragging rights as the Best Storyteller in York.

Next up we have a story from Tony Crocamo, who shared the story of a surprising way his parents showed affection.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Mina Edmondson. Mina told the story of how she’s managed her mother’s many phone calls.

We'd like to extend huge thanks to KBG Injury Law for sponsoring this year's Grand Slam.
The themes for our 2022 season have already been announced on our website, so take a look and plan to join us in January and all year long! 

We are planning to return to in-person events in a new location in 2022, and we hope to see you on stage soon!  Thanks for listening!

Blood and Guts

Blood and Guts

November 14, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

The theme for our October story slam was BLOOD AND GUTS. We heard stories about stubbed toes, childhood and adult accidents, and one very detailed description of what to do with hunting spoils.

In the end, Randall Arthur won with his story about his snowy-night encounter with a familiar neighborhood dog. Randall earned a spot in our Grand Slam in November. 

Next up we have Dom Sciortino. Dom shared the story of impaling himself on a visit to Haiti.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Mina Edmondson. Mina shared detailed instructions on how to prepare squirrels for eating.

This was the last open mic story slam of our season. All the winners from this year’s Story Slam events will return to compete in our Grand Slam in November for the title of Best Storyteller in York.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Homesick

Homesick

October 10, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

The theme for our September story slam was HOMESICK. We heard stories about missing home, redefining one’s sense of home, and one about staying home sick from school.
In the end, our winner was Sarah Chain, who shared her story about saying goodbye to her grandparents’ home. Sarah earned a spot in our Grand Slam in November. 

Next up we have Thaddeus Abbott, who talks about finding an answer to the complicated question "Where are you from?"

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Joanna Kopinetz. Joanna shared her story about traditions around food, and how she brought some of them with her when she immigrated to the U.S.

All the winners from this year’s open mic story slam events will return to compete for the title of Best Storyteller in York at our Grand Slam event in November.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Great Escapes

Great Escapes

October 10, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

The theme for our July story slam was GREAT ESCAPES. We heard stories about narrowly missing trouble with the authorities, escaping from undesirable circumstances, and even one story about being terrified on a kiddie ride at Dutch Wonderland.

In the end, our winner was Traci Neal, who shared her story about how she overcame her fear and found a way out.  Traci earned a spot in our Grand Slam in November.

Next up we have Jackson Gillman, who shared his story of spending the night in a jail cell.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Mark Lentz. Mark shared the story of a particularly treacherous wintertime backpacking trip.

All the winners from this year’s open mic story slam events will return to compete for the title of Best Storyteller in York.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Happy Days

Happy Days

July 10, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

The theme for our June story slam was HAPPY DAYS. We heard stories about happy childhood moments from the perspectives of both child and parent, perspective gained during the pandemic, and reminiscing before walking a daughter down the aisle to the altar.

In the end, we had a tie! Our first winner was Jamie Beth Cohen, who shared how partying as a young person has affected the rest of her life.

Our second winner was Randy Schulz, who shared his story of preparing to walk his daughter down the aisle. Jamie Beth and Randy earned spots in our Grand Slam in November. 

Next up we have Tony Crocamo, who told the story of his first fishing trip.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Elizabeth Erenberg. Liz shared about the lessons she's taken from her family's isolation during the pandemic.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter. 

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Don’t Tell Mom

Don’t Tell Mom

June 13, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

On May 18th, eight storytellers shared their stories with our audience for our virtual slam.

The theme for our May story slam was DON’T TELL MOM. We heard stories about getting away with it, not getting away with it, and coming clean decades after the fact.
Mina Edmondson won with a powerful story about when you should tell mom.

Next up we have Domenic Sciortino, who told the story of how he cracked the plastic bubble window on the roof of his dad's van, and how he finally came clean about it.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Steph Holmes. Steph painted a picture of how her mom always seemed to have eyes in the back of her head, never missing anything.

All the winners from this year’s open mic story slam events will return to compete for the title of Best Storyteller in York.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter.  

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Win Lose or Draw

Win Lose or Draw

May 16, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

The theme for our April story slam was WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW. Happily, we mostly heard stories of wins — and even the stories of losing at first led to happy results in the end.

Erin Marsicano won with her story about overcoming her childhood shyness by participating in pageants.

Next up we have Eric Aycock, who shared a story about how a college game of tag gone wrong led to longer-term wins.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from our first Canadian participant, Soo Jeong, hereby making York Story Slam international! Soo shared her story of expectation vs. reality on a trip to Thailand.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

TMI - March 2021

TMI - March 2021

April 10, 2021

Welcome to the York Story Slam podcast, where we feature select stories from our monthly open mic storytelling events in York, Pennsylvania.

The theme for our March story slam was TMI. We heard stories of teachers giving too much information, a childbirth story, and miscellaneous stories of sex, drugs, and nuclear power plants.

In the end, our winner was Sean Steel, with his story about being an Uber driver and getting truly much too much information from two of his passengers. 

Next up we have David Smith, who shared about a scary moment in his teens, and how it stuck with him over time.

Our final story on this month’s podcast comes from Ginger Bova. Ginger remembers the details of giving birth to one of her kids.

Updates on our events are available on our website, and while you’re there, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter. You can also follow us on twitter, Facebook, and watch videos of all the stories from our events on our YouTube channel.

A big thank-you to our 2021 sponsor, KBG Injury Law, whose generous support is making this season possible.

We hope to see you virtually or on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

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