Blogging is a fantastic springboard to spoken word IF you’re a writer who doesn’t mind the spotlight every now and then. Not all writers like to put themselves out there. I get that. It’s scary to stand up in front of strangers. Frightening to think that a recording of your performance will forever exist – documenting your stutters, flubs and hair style on that particular day in that particular time period. I discovered, however, after doing the first spoken word piece that I loved the support of an audience more than I feared making an ass out of myself.
Lucky for me, I live in an area replete with creative people. I’m not one to use the word replete in my daily life, but I recently heard the word gracefully enunciated by a very creative sort, and I was inspired to emulate her. The creative sort in question was one of the two women who founded Studio B in Maplewood, New Jersey. Jenny Turner Hall (no hyphen mutha effers!) and Marcy Thompson are the Head Honchos of this phenomenal organization that creates events to literally provide a stage for local talent. They’ve hosted events like the Catalyst Film Series, The Speakeasy Vaudeville-esque shows and my personal fave the Story Slams. This talented twosome is on a mission to celebrate the local artistry in our area and bring our community together in the process. So far, so good. I love bigging up Studio B and these sirens of art because they make me proud to live where we do.
I won the last Story Slam with a piece about a favorite topic of mine – vaginas, which you can see HERE. As per tradition, the winner is invited back to read in the next Story Slam as sort of a winner’s lap performance. Here is the story I read last night:
The winner of last night’s slam happened to be a friend of mine, which made the night even better. There were some strong contenders. I was pleased I wasn’t competing. My friend’s piece was sweet and funny, written beautifully and delivered artfully – a well deserved win. I am very pleased to share her story with you here. Well done, Cheryl Joy!!
Locals, I hope to see you at the next Story Slam as well as future Studio B events. Whether you’re inspired to perform or not, you’ll feel just as proud of our community as I do, and you’ll probably meet some pretty fascinating people to boot.