The Art of the Story kick-off program is a Story Slam Contest. This Slam is a competition within a set time limit, placing emphasis on a storytellers content and performance. The 2016 contest features Steve Taylor, Warren McPherson, Frances Hunter, and Chuck McConnell.
This program for adults takes place at the Beaverton City Library on Saturday, April 2, 7-8:30 pm.
Each story must be an original work. First person, real life adventures are expected. Fiction, folktale/myths are not allowed. The four tellers each have 10 minutes to tell their story from memory.
This Slam is judged by the audience! The winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to tell a story at the Festival Finale April 9 at the Garden Home Community Library.
Steven T. Taylor
Taylor is a full professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft, where he teaches writing and public presentation. He’s a writer and editor with more than 750 published works for more than 60 publications, including The Nation, The Washington Post, and Public Citizen. Steven is also a performance artist and humorist. Through “journalistic theater,” he explores socio-political issues, performed as hour-long monologues that push concepts to the outer edge, and beyond.
McPherson is a native of Hillsboro – known to some as a super hero; his alter ego is a full-time stay-at-home dad. Before parenting took over Warren fancied himself a writer. You can find his writings... well... nowhere, because he was never that great – at least in this galaxy anyway. He plans on pushing his kids to be published authors so he can live his dreams vicariously through them. He is a good dad.
Hunter grew up in the 1950's, spending evenings watching westerns on a 13” round screen television. During the day, she made up her own stories and acted them out with her siblings and friends. Later, she found she could use stories to capture her students’ attention and teach social skills. Now, besides sharing stories, Fran enjoys reading, writing poetry, gardening, mah jongg, and playing with her German Shepherd, Callie... the only dog ever adopted from Cat Adoption Team.
McConnell settled in Portland in 2010 after working in public broadcasting and association management. He also had an adventurous 27 month stint in the Peace Corps in the Ukraine. He currently works in mediation for both the Multnomah and Clark Counties court systems. He enjoys being a general aviation pilot and flight instructor and playing bluegrass fiddle. Chuck relates personal and heart-warming narratives, sure to motivate and entertain you.