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Eastern to Host Storytelling Slam

Written by Kate Harner

storytellinglogo-ray.JPGWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's English Department and the Connecticut Storytelling Center will present a Storytelling Slam from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 29 in Charles R. Webb Hall Room 110. The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Participants will tell five-minute stories. The theme of this year's contest is humor. A panel of judges from the English and Education departments at Eastern and outside of the university as well, will score the participants, who will include students, faculty, staff and members of the public.

            The top two finishers will proceed to the finals on April 28 at Connecticut College. All finalists will receive a prize pack and a ticket to the Connecticut Storytelling Festival Concert on April 30 at Connecticut College, which will feature renowned concert performer and author Tim Tingle. Following the Tim Tingle concert, the overall winner and two runner-ups will return for a non-competitive showcase and open microphone on April 30. Seven other storytellers' names will be drawn from a hat that evening to round out the performance.

            The event is part of the Connecticut Storytelling Center's 2011 Campus Story Slammer, which is taking place at Eastern, Connecticut College, Trinity College, the University of Hartford, Western Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University.

            For more information, contact Raouf Mama, professor of English, at or (860) 465-4549.


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