September 23 - 27, 2020
Back for its seventh year, Storyfort brings diverse and far-reaching narrative and discourse to the Fest. Storyfort will be bringing poets, fiction writers, refugee storytellers, spoken-word artists, environmental and conservation narratives, journalists, cocktail stories, immigrant narratives, political analysis and debate, prisoner's stories, memoirists, podcasters, band and musicians' narratives, stories of the other, graphic novelists, true crime authors and more to the stage all five days of Treefort.
Storyfort is a unique literary and storytelling festival within the larger arts and music festival, Treefort Music Fest. Storyfort is all about great writing and compelling narrative, bringing in top-notch authors, poets, journalists, spoken word artists, memoirists, refugee storytellers, podcasters and much more.
As part of Treefort Music Fest, Storyfort is able to offer its artists and attendees an experience unlike any other literary festival – one full of vigor, excitement, knowledge and wide-ranging cultural, political, and artistic insights. As a major component of Treefort Music Fest, Storyfort artists bring their powerful narratives beyond the literary – infusing voice, wisdom, and story to the overall scope of a festival that brings music, technology, yoga, culinary arts, craft beer and cider, performance art, and comedy to the Pacific Northwest.
Storyfort’s mission is to keep its events free and open to the public, and to continue to perpetuate great art and discourse in the Boise community and far beyond. Storyfort has grown from approximately 500 attendees in 2014 to 4,200 in 2019.
Christian Winn, Storyfort Director
Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, teacher of writing, and lover of great stories, interesting humans, the occasional card game, Miranda July, The Mountain Goats, Jennifer Egan, and this amazing thing called Treefort. He is the co-founder of Storyfort and is stoked to see Storyfort move into its sixth year as a bigger, badder, kickass celebration of story!
Joe Davidson, Assistant Director
Joe Davidson started out as the ultimate Storyfort fanboy and somehow managed to sneak his way on to the team. He is currently in the process of obtaining a BFA in Fiction at Boise State University, and when he’s not getting thoroughly involved with stories he’s probably out playing with his dog.
Allison Maier, Assistant
Allison Maier is a nonprofit outreach coordinator, occasional freelance reporter and endeavoring fiction writer. She moved back to her hometown of Boise six years ago, after studying journalism and covering stories in Montana and New York City. This is her first year on the Storyfort team. When not working, she is likely pairing books and coffee, wandering the Greenbelt with her canine soul mate or listening to an extensive repertoire of podcasts.
Amy Burton, Storyfort Assistant
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Amy has bounced around Boise and the Pacific Northwest since 1987. She has a BFA in theatre from the University of Idaho and is currently pursuing an associates in creative writing from the College of Western Idaho. She loves to read, journal, bake cookies, sew, do yoga, and enjoys spending time with her partner Noble and their dog, Chimichanga.
Forest Gerlach, Storyfort Assistant
Forest Gerlach has been in love with storytelling in its many forms ever since he created a four-page comic for fun in kindergarten. He is only a few months away from a BA in Rhetoric & Composition, but he wants to explore every possible opportunity to learn. Outside of writing and school, he enjoys finding new recipes to cook, trails to hike, and music to listen to. He’s okay at Super Smash Bros too.
Eric Amador, Storyfort Intern
Eric Amador is a McNair Scholar at Boise State University. They are currently in their senior year at BSU and will be graduating in the spring of 2020 with a BA in Creative Writing. Aside from fiction writing, they have a love for good horror movies, alternative rock music, bad puns, and cheesy dad jokes. Eric also doesn’t trust stairs. They’re always up to something…
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