Storyfort

MARCH 25 - 29, 2020

ABOUT

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.

HISTORY

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.

TEAM

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…

2020 Storyfort Lineup!

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett

Lydia Fitzpatrick

Lydia Fitzpatrick

Brandon Hobson

Brandon Hobson

Olivia Gatwood

Olivia Gatwood

Xuan Juliana Wang

Xuan Juliana Wang

Fran Tirado

Fran Tirado

Julia Claiborne Johnson

Julia Claiborne Johnson

Eloisa Amezcua

Eloisa Amezcua

Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh

Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson

Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner

Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison

James Renner

James Renner

J. Reuben Appelman

J. Reuben Appelman

Mary Pauline Lowry

Mary Pauline Lowry

Chris Marcil

Chris Marcil

Lyd Havens

Lyd Havens

Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina

Quinn Grover

Quinn Grover

Idaho Matters

Idaho Matters

Storyfort Presents: Voices of Treefort Music Fest

Storyfort Presents: Voices of Treefort Music Fest

Challenging Stereotypes through Dialogue: The Human Library

Challenging Stereotypes through Dialogue: The Human Library

The Latino Card (Rebecca De León, JJ Saldaña, Antonio Hernandez, Ashley Miller)

The Latino Card (Rebecca De León, JJ Saldaña, Antonio Hernandez, Ashley Miller)

We Do Keanu

We Do Keanu

Stand By Your Band

Stand By Your Band

Behind Gray Walls

Behind Gray Walls

Crossborder Voices: Exploring the Diaspora

Crossborder Voices: Exploring the Diaspora

Genuine Wrestleboys

Genuine Wrestleboys

Backstage Pass: Stories of Music, Mosh Pits, and Mayhem

Backstage Pass: Stories of Music, Mosh Pits, and Mayhem

The Grimace Half-Hour Power Hour

The Grimace Half-Hour Power Hour

The River Runners: Tales of BIG Water and Howling at the Moon

The River Runners: Tales of BIG Water and Howling at the Moon

A Diamond in the Slushpile: Exploring Literary Publishing From First Story to Bestseller

A Diamond in the Slushpile: Exploring Literary Publishing From First Story to Bestseller

Ten Laws with East Forest

Ten Laws with East Forest

Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under The Influence of Butter & Booze

Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under The Influence of Butter & Booze

Love Service Wisdom

Love Service Wisdom

Fish Rot From the Head Down: Poetry and Performance

Fish Rot From the Head Down: Poetry and Performance

OverBooked

OverBooked

Poetry and Mimosas

Poetry and Mimosas

That Baseball Show

That Baseball Show

Navigating Grief through Writing: A Generative Workshop

Navigating Grief through Writing: A Generative Workshop

Van Sounds

Van Sounds

Peace Corps Stories: Love International

Peace Corps Stories: Love International

Stories of Engagement: A Roadmap to Activism

Stories of Engagement: A Roadmap to Activism

Drawdown: A Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Drawdown: A Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Idaho’s Lifeblood: Our Rivers, Our Fish, Our Lives

Idaho’s Lifeblood: Our Rivers, Our Fish, Our Lives

Get Sh*t Done: Putting the Words Down

Get Sh*t Done: Putting the Words Down

A Novel Life: CWI + Storyfort Fiction Workshop with Mary Lowry, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Julia Claiborne Johnson

A Novel Life: CWI + Storyfort Fiction Workshop with Mary Lowry, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Julia Claiborne Johnson

The Writer’s Game: The Intersection of Sports, Literature, Writing Process

The Writer’s Game: The Intersection of Sports, Literature, Writing Process

Idaho Reports Live

Idaho Reports Live

Cocktail Stories

Cocktail Stories

Tooth and Bristle: BSU MFA Showcase

Tooth and Bristle: BSU MFA Showcase

The Human Library: Check it Out

The Human Library: Check it Out