From panels, podcasts, and poetry, to journalism, stories, and readings, Storyfort 2019 is LITerary.
Storyfort 2019 Storytellers will share their work and experiences with us at a variety of compelling panels, podcasts, conversations, and readings. Learn why podcasting sucks (and why podcasters still love it anyways), or discover what it’s like to be a refugee artisan. Join conversations about inclusivity, stereotypes, the writing process, and activating queer spaces.
Storyfort takes place every day of Treefort 8 (March 20-24, 2019) at the Owyhee and at pop-up locations such as Woodland Empire, the Mode Lounge, MING Studios, and 10th Street Station. Storyfort is free and open to the public.
Find out what the chatter is all about at Storyfort 2019:
The Building Boise Podcast explores the stories behind some of Boise’s favorite businesses and the insights of the people who built them. Building Boise dives into conversations with the entrepreneurs, innovators, visionaries, and change-makers who have shaped Boise into the community it is today while teasing out the untold stories, dodged bullets, lessons learned, moments of euphoria, and depths of despair each of these business leaders have to tell. This podcast is a launchpad to discuss big ideas, explore the Boise business scene, inspire creativity, and provide actionable insights from within the trenches.
Fabulism, Fairy Tales, and Weird Worlds
Sisters who send postcards from deep underwater. Women who rent caves and converse with prophetic fungi. Parallel universes where ballgowns set hedge mazes ablaze. Careless twenty-somethings who take selfies with demons. Janalyn Guo and Catherine Kyle have written weird stories, wild poems, and choose-your-own-adventure sagas. They’ve drawn inspiration from surrealist composers, the expanses of Utah, virtual reality, and manga. In this reading and discussion, learn about Janalyn’s adventures writing an AI guppy, Catherine’s reasons for always teaching comics, and the beauty and value of strangeness.
A Guide to Crying in Public is a social commentary on social media. Told through the personal stories of young performers and artists, the play explores concepts of truth, empathy, and the power of words to connect us.
Podcasts are sexy. At least, it’s sexy to start a podcast. But what does it take to sustain a podcast? How can new people in the space grow an audience and retain creative control? What are the pitfalls that come with the medium, and how can fledgling podcasters avoid them? Join us for a panel discussion featuring podcasters who have been-there-done-that, or at least are still trying to do that.
We Choose All of Us campaign is inspired by the power of graphic novels to change the societal conditions that allows violence in all its forms to occur – the many ways we devalue and “other” human beings based on social identities of gender, race, ability, and more; our disconnection from ourselves and each other; and our need to heal intergenerational trauma.
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like — drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real. Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now has chapters all over the world.
Kids ages 3-8 are welcome for this imaginative and playful story time!
( boise, idaho )
Genuinewrestleboys is a pro wrestling podcast by four friends, made better friends through a love of professional wrestling. The podcast was started in June 2017 and is co-hosted by Derek Oster, Esai Saldana, Matt Stone, and Zack M. Evans, as well as a rotating cast of Mystery Tag Team Partners (guest hosts) and characters from the world of professional wrestling.
The podcast started after Matt and Zack’s girlfriends begged them to talk about wrestling with each other so they could have an occasional break from hearing about it, which became a group text also including Derek named Genuinewrestleboys after a dumb joke on a funny YouTube video. Esai was almost immediately added to the group text and within a day or two things had escalated rather quickly into plans of starting a podcast.
Now, almost two years later, Genuinewrestleboys releases new episodes weekly discussing the goings-on in the world of professional wrestling. They will record a podcast live at Storyfort.
( boise, idaho )
Sometimes the root of understanding one another’s stories is getting answers to the difficult questions and during The Human Library™ those questions are expected, appreciated and answered. This event is meant to challenge the labels we put on others in a unique reading experience; where real people are on loan as “books.” “Readers” are given a positive framework for a 20-30 minute conversation to connect, inquire and challenge the stereotypes and prejudices that separate us.
This year’s Human Library is brought to Storyfort by Ada Community Libraries and The Meridian Library District. Books will be on loan at the Owyhee on Friday, March 22nd, 3-7 pm and Saturday, March 23rd, 1-5 pm.
Interested in being a book? Visit www.mld.org/be-book to apply.
A panel of LGBTQ+ artists and activists will hold a moderated discussion about how to start, join, and engage in queer spaces in your community. There will be a Q&A session.
( los angeles, california )
Watch some dork-on-dork dialog with Jackie Kashian (who will also be at Comedyfort this year) live at Storyfort. Jackie is interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. The Dork Forest is a safe space.
Artisans For Hope and the Idaho Commission on the Arts collaborated on this project first envisioned by the ICA Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director. Author Malia Collins elicited the stories from Artisans For Hope refugee sewing students. AFH volunteers then taught the students how to express the essence of their stories in small story cloths.
A photo journal was made possible by a Boise 150 grant and features photos of the story cloths, the refugee artisans who made them and their stories. This small book helps those of us who have never faced war and upheaval to understand the hard road our new citizens traveled to find refuge. Their unwavering hope for their new home fuels the hard work of adjusting to our American way of life.
Bahati, in Kiswahili (one of the DRC’s 242 languages) means “lucky”. On February 2nd, 2017, Bahati Sudjonga was most certainly deserving of his name. On that day, Bahati walked through the gates of the Boise airport and into the arms of his brother and sister, surrounded by a crowd of news media and well-wishers. He was, in that moment, among the last (if not the last) refugees to arrive in the United States; the following day, the Trump Administration’s first Travel Ban would take effect, barring refugee arrivals into the country.
Join Bahati and the International Rescue Committee in Boise as they recall the story of this turbulent time, and from multiple, intersecting perspectives, the moment Bahati safely crossed the threshold to his new home.
( los angeles, california )
All Fantasy Everything is a podcast by Ian Karmel where funny people and experts come together to fantasy draft pop culture. From music to movies to sandwiches, everything is in play. Watch a live podcast featuring Sean Jordan and David Gborrie at Storyfort (in collaboration with Comedyfort).
Storyfort presents Border Stories: Modern Immigration, a conversation featuring immigration lawyers and storytellers who have been on the front lines along the border, and have stories to tell about the policies and path toward citizenship and residency in our country.
Peace Corps volunteers tell stories of their far-flung experiences across the globe!
Six storytellers (Larry Rosen, Erin Nelson, CJ Boyd, Tim Johnstone, Gina Gregerson, and Sarah Gardner) bring to life truly epic stories of life on the road, stage, and people they’ve met along the way
Dedicated to political analysis and in-depth reporting from around the state, host Melissa Davlin brings Idaho Reports to Storyfort for a live taping with Idaho politicians and insiders.
Reporters Amanda Peacher and Nate Hegyi of the Mountain West News Bureau will sit down with their editor Kate Concannon to go behind-the-scenes of their radio journalism. The Mountain West News Bureau covers the biggest stories of the modern West, including growth, climate change and western culture.
When Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, her two decades as a hardworking and talented Minnesota musician finally crystallized in a beautiful moment of national recognition. It was also just the beginning of a grand adventure. With the wind of her award at their backs, Gaelynn and her husband Paul sold their house, quit their jobs, bought a van, and hit the road.
Since then, Gaelynn has played over 425 shows in 42 states and seven countries, adding nearly 100,000 miles to their Ford Econoline’s odometer. The singer-songwriter and violinist has graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. This June she was featured at arts festivals in Iceland and Switzerland; she then played Winnipeg Folk Fest in July, Travelers Rest Festival in August and Halifax Pop Explosion in October.
Join Gaelynn Lea at Storyfort with a discussion on disability, art, and acceptance.
Local bartenders tell stories of the spirits, the antics, the customers, and the weird life moments that come with being a bartender.
Join a songwriting workshop led by Treefort 2019 artist Laura Veirs. Laura Veirs is an American singer-songwriter that blends science and poetry to bring strange beauty to everyday life. She’s known for her folk, alternative country records. Her latest album, The Lookout, was released in April 2018.
Recover from your amazing Treefort weekend on Sunday with mimosas, bloody marys, and some amazing poetry by Daphne Stanford, CL Young, Ashley Toliver, Benjamin Schmitt, Kerri Webster, Sarah Manguso, Ameerah Bader and Lyd Havens.
Erin Rose Belair will open up this engaging event with a fiction reading, followed by a performance and discussion from Migration Theory.
Migration Theory artists Tracy Sunderland and Sarah Gardner share excerpts from their upcoming live-art project The Next Thing (with a few hits from past projects thrown in). Accompanied by the amazing Riley Johnson, these stories explore love, loss, letting go (or trying to).
Migration Theory is a physical art company creating live art experiences that are kinetic, participatory and heartfelt.
This intimate conversation, reading, and novel writing discussion will explore the craft, process, grit, and art of assembling and delivering a quality novel. In this lightly moderated event, novelists Jonathan Evison and Jamie Ford will dig into their own understanding and approach to their work and process, interacting with the audience and taking questions. The specific novels discussed will be Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, and Songs of Willow Chance by Jamie Ford. However, both authors will speak to and about the breadth of their work – past, present, and moving forward.
The event takes place at MING Studios on Saturday, March 23, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. The event is ticketed but FREE and OPEN with a suggested donation of $10. Tickets will be available at the door. Bring your questions and copies of Ford and Evison’s work, and they’ll be happy to discuss and sign books. Copies of both authors’ work will be available on-site, along with beer, wine, and light fare.
Tooth & Bristle, a reading series put on by the creative writing MFA cohort at Boise State University to showcase their talents, is coming to Storyfort! The best that Boise State’s creative writing MFA cohort has to offer will be reading, so be prepared for some excellent creative work.
Join our panel discussion as we explore the history, culture, writing processes, narrative techniques, and the misconceptions and prejudices that come with being a modern hip hop artist — especially in Idaho. Ultimately, we’ll be teasing out a question hip hop artists in Idaho have had to deal with since the 80’s: why isn’t Idaho Hip Hop taken seriously? There will be a Q & A session following the panel to allow the audience to participate in this discussion.
That Baseball Show is a comedy podcast that occasionally touches on the sport of baseball, as discussed, debated and other d-words by Jimmy Bowman and Matt Melton, 2 lifelong fans and comedians. Join us at Storyfort for our 1st Great Debate episode! Our intrepid co-hosts will receive 2 baseball topics each round provided by our listeners and live audience drawn at random by our special guest moderator, and will have to argue which one is objectively better. The DH or Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch? Beanballs or The Philly Phanatic? Bartolo Colon or Bartolo Colon? It’s the definitive debate show to settle the un-settle-able, LIVE at Storyfort
The Poetry Confessional is back for its second year at Storyfort!
Step behind the curtain and confess your biggest secrets, worries, or qualms to one of the mystery poets and receive a custom poem typed up on the spot just for you.
From San Francisco’s legendary Grotto, the largest writers collective in the west, comes a tag-team literary podcast. Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn will be podcasting with Storyfort artists during at least two onstage discussions of the writing life in all its many forms.