Discover something new at a Storyfort 2020 panel!
Storyfort 2020 will feature a series of panels exploring stories, issues, and topics top of mind on a local and national level.
Storyfort panels include a fiction workshop in partnership with College of Western Idaho, Peace Corps stories of serving abroad (and falling in love), nature tales about Idaho wilderness, an activism discussion about how to get involved, and more!
Storyfort 2020 is free and open to the public in a variety of venues in Downtown Boise Thursday through Sunday of Treefort (March 25-29).
Get the scoop on some of the panels at Storyfort 2020:
CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES THROUGH DIALOGUE: THE HUMAN LIBRARY
Learn about The Human Library creates a safe framework for conversations that challenge prejudice, reduce discrimination, and contribute to greater human cohesion across social, religious and ethnic divisions. This panel is an introduction to the event on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, during which “readers” can check out human “books” and spend time asking questions and getting to know individuals beyond labels.
The Meridian Library District and Ada Community Library will introduce just a few of the “books,” who will share chapters of their stories and explore why this approach has the potential to challenge prejudice and reduce discrimination.
PEACE CORPS STORIES: LOVE INTERNATIONAL
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. The Peace Corps Volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 230,000 Americans who have served.
Volunteers get to fully integrate into a host country community, live and work on projects ranging from education to business development, and sometimes… fall in love. Join us to hear from 3 couples who either joined Peace Corps together or found each other during their time in Peace Corps. You will not want to miss this heart-warming event!
STORIES OF ENGAGEMENT: A ROADMAP TO ACTIVISM
Like with any major journey, it can be tough to know where to begin when it comes to activist work, let alone how to get to our desired destination. In these times, we should look to those already making headway. Come join Storyfort as esteemed activists and storytellers Tai Simpson, Chelsea Ganoa-Lincoln, Rosseli Guerrero-Lino, and Samantha Guerrero share their experiences with getting involved in activism and explore the junctions in their respective work addressing issues that affect indigenous communities, the LGBTQIA+ community, DACA recipients, and the environment. Come and let storytelling guide your way and find out how you too can get involved.
CROSSBORDER VOICES: EXPLORING THE DIASPORA
Countless stories of the past and current tell us that we are not so different from each other in the context of trials and tribulations of the human journey. The movement of people continues throughout the world creating shifting narratives that evolve over time as told by various storytellers. How do we become better informed about the world around us – local, domestic, and international? Join us for this discussion and hear from Palina Louangketh, the Founder and Executive Director of the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora and Professor of Multicultural Studies at Boise State Honors College. She’ll take the audience through an exploration of Idaho’s new innovative international museum. Joining her will be Salome Mwangi, Coordinator for the Refugee Speakers Bureau of the Idaho Office for Refugees, in which audience members will hear narratives from a number of speakers and storytellers.
BACKSTAGE PASS: STORIES OF MUSIC, MOSH PITS, AND MAYHEM
“Backstage Pass” is the theme for this year’s popular Storyfort event at 10th Street Station. Music-minded fans will share their tales of backstage encounters, antics on the road, and all-star friendships. Storytellers include Erica Deshner Cornwall, Cody Cornwall, Michael Ensch, Charlie Wilson, and Kevin Mazzarilli.
DRAWDOWN: A PLAN TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING
Project Drawdown, an international coalition of researchers and experts founded in 2014, has identified and detailed the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. The coalition focused on ways we can work together to achieve drawdown – the point when greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere start to decline – and found that it is possible not just to slow global warming, but to begin reversing it by 2050.
Inspired by this work, the Pachamama Alliance created a series of workshops to support individuals who want to reverse global warming in their local communities. We will hear from John Brueck, Ellen Bush, Michael Forman and Mark Masarik, leaders of the Project Drawdown: Treasure Valley effort. They will discuss the many ways climate change is affecting Idaho and explore how we can come together to make a difference.
IDAHO’S LIFEBLOOD: OUR RIVERS, OUR FISH, OUR LIVES
Salmon and Steelhead are in trouble. Join Idaho’s river community in celebrating the Gem State’s wild river systems, fish, and wilderness. Enjoy heartfelt tales spun from the fabric of river culture, as told by those who have aligned their lives with the ebb and flow of our state’s wild streams. Idaho’s many guides, outfitters, rafting aficionados, Tribes, and anglers rely on wild salmon, steelhead, and rivers for their well-being, both monetary and spiritual. Verbal, artistic, and photographic storytelling will be used to portray the unique and interconnected nature of rivers, salmon, and Idahoans. Salmon and steelhead advocacy information and tools will be available from Idaho Conservation League.
GET SH*T DONE: PUTTING THE WORDS DOWN
Three working writers from Spokane, WA (a poet, fiction writer, and YA author) formed an accountability group called “Get Sh*T Done,” with the intent on getting sh*t done in their professional lives. The GSD group meets monthly and, through co-mentorship, addresses such topics as submitting work, getting an agent, negotiating contracts, networking with other writers, and landing professional teaching/speaking engagements. Our vision for Storyfort is a 60 minute panel/reading, moderated by writer Anne Kilfoyle, where we read work from the three genres mentioned above, and speak about how forming an artist accountability group has made the lonely work of writing far less isolating, and has lead to such professional successes as a novel contract, nationally published interviews, a newspaper column, and published short fiction.
A DIAMOND IN THE SLUSHPILE: EXPLORING LITERARY PUBLISHING FROM FIRST STORY TO BESTSELLER
Join Storyfort 2020 featured novelist Jennifer Haigh, Idaho Review founder and publisher Mitch Wieland, writer and editor Bill Pettitt, and members of the Idaho Review editorial staff to talk about the world of publishing successful and vibrant literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We’ll be diving into the story of that initial story discovery, and how Bill Pettitt and the IR editorial staff plucked the short, beautiful gem from the haystack that is “the slushpile.” As well, we will talk about how Haigh’s career grew on many levels after the initial publication, and how literary publishing has evolved and shifted over the past two decades. This will be a great, practical narrative discussion and publishing deep-dive that any writer, consumer, and lover of artful, literary writing will want to attend.
A NOVEL LIFE: CWI + STORYFORT FICTION WORKSHOP WITH MARY LOWRY, LYDIA FITZPATRICK, JULIA CLAIBORNE JOHNSON
Are any of the romantic notions about novel-writing true? What does it take to successfully write long-form fiction? Mary Lowry, author of The Roxy Letters, will lead a conversation with fellow novelists Lydia Fitzpatrick, author of Lights All Night Long, and Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank with Me.
This workshop is presented in partnership with the College of Western Idaho. Come ready to ask questions about the writing life!
IDAHO REPORTS LIVE
Idaho Reports, the Idaho Public Television show dedicated to political analysis and in-depth reporting from around the state, comes to Storyfort for a live taping with Idaho politicians and insiders. Get a front-row seat to the longest-running legislative show in the West.
PIE AND WHISKEY: WRITERS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF BUTTER & BOOZE
Storyfort and Foodfort have teamed up to bring you a delectable event, as talented writers will share original works based on prompts that include the words pie and whiskey. Official “Pie and Whiskey” event creators Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon will be here from Spokane to share in the fun. Writers include Alan Heathcock, Dave Yasuda, Quinn Grover, Sam Ligon, Kate Lebo, and CMarie Fuhrman. Come on down for a slice of pie, some tasty stories, and whiskey from our sponsor, Buffalo Trace.
Come on down to The Mode Lounge – corner of 8th and Idaho – to hear some of Boise’s best storytelling bartenders spin insider narratives of life in the industry. They’ll be digging deep into cocktail histories, spirit origin stories, customer triumphs and nightmares, and the highs, lows and overall antics of life in the service industry. Drink specials will be served, along with small bites. This Storyfort mainstay event is rolling into its fifth year, and is always – shall we say – intoxicating. Free and open to the public (21+)
FISH ROT FROM THE HEAD DOWN: POETRY AND PERFORMANCE
Fish Rot From The Head Down is what happens when a punk show in a dingy basement meets a coffee shop poetry reading. A discussion, an exclamation, an apology, and a f*ck you about the ways we try to cope. Come for the punk poetry, stay for the poetry of punk.
Learn more about the Storyfort 2020 storytellers here and the Storyfort Podcast Stage here. Storyfort is free and open to the public.