VALLEY VOICES PODCAST

We’re back with more stories from your friends and neighbors on the Valley Voices Podcast.

Suzanne Schmidt
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This month we're listening back to our top two storytellers from the "Refresh" Story Slam, held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. David Bulley was our runner-up for audience favorite, and tells us how well good old fashioned machismo replaces showers at hunting camp. Our winner from the evening, Susanne Schmidt, shares with us one of the more unusual trips to the grocery store she's had with her father. Music here by Broken Social Scene and Bill Monroe.

Terry Wolfisch Cole
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We’re coming to you this month with our most recent slam, held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. The night’s theme was “One Shot.” Starting things off is our runner up favorite for the evening, Terry Wolfisch Cole, who took her “one shot” when things were feeling a bit desperate in Utah. Finally Kerrita Mayfield, our winner from the evening, introduces us to her student "Sunshine." For a chance to have your story featured on the next podcast, share your first line with us for our next event.

We're back with the first episode from our third season of Valley Voices Story Slams! Here, our audience favorites from Slippery Slope - held January 19th at the Northampton Brewery. Andrew Shelffo fills us in on some New Jersey wisdom, and Karen Fisk tells us who she loves more.  Music here by Broken Social Scene and Henri Texier.

Our kick-off for the third season of Valley Voices Story Slams is just around the corner, with “Slippery Slope” on January 19th at the Northampton Brewery! This week, we're getting ready for the start of a new season with a look back on some of our past storytellers. In March, 2016 we went over to the Brewery for our "Money, Money, Money" Story Slam. Kenneth Harris took us to the movies, while Kevin Gallagher brought us along for his honeymoon. Music here by Broken Social Scene and D Numbers.

Looking ahead to Season 3 of our Valley Voices Story Slams, we've got another episode of the podcast up looking back to some of our past storytellers. This month, we're highlighting stories of work. Josie Dulles fights for her soul at Starbucks, while Michael Klein finds playing with knobs and dials can take you further than you'd expect. Check back with us at the end of every month, as we'll have more stories running up to our Season Three opener, “Slippery Slope” on January 19! If you've got a story to tell, NEPR and The Academy of Music Theatre want to hear it.

The second season of the Valley Voices Story Slam culminates in one final night of competition on Saturday, October 1st at the Academy of Music in Northampton. As a preview of what to expect, we're back with an episode featuring a couple of our best storytellers from past events. Suzanne Schmidt won last year during our first season, sharing with us how our lives give the perfect example of a bell curve. David Bulley brings us along for one of his more memorable family vacations. You'll get a chance to hear them live at the Academy of Music, so don't miss out!

The second season of the Valley Voices Story Slam culminates in one final night of competition on Saturday, October 1st at the Academy of Music in Northampton. As a preview of what to expect, we're back with an episode featuring a couple of our best storytellers from past events. Suzanne Schmidt won last year during our first season, sharing with us how our lives give the perfect example of a bell curve. David Bulley brings us along for one of his more memorable family vacations. You'll get a chance to hear them live at the Academy of Music, so don't miss out!

From the very last of our Valley Voices Story Slams for the season, we present: Off the Map! Tone Nunes finds his way in a new neighborhood, by making cardigans for prostitutes. Halley Gmeiner has her meticulously planned life thrown in a totally different direction, while on a cross country trip with her girlfriend. And our winner of the night, Emily Savin, brings us one of the most defiant moments ever to arise... over a hotdog. These are your stories, and we’re always looking for more. Find out when you can hear them live, or listen for more from our Valley Voices Podcast, right here.

As the end of our latest season of Valley Voices Story Slams comes to a close, we’re listening back to the stories you've shared with us in the past. This week: Lost in Translation Lindel Hart offers us a harrowing look at the streets of Leningrad just months before the Soviet Union dissolves. Suzanne Schmidt shows us exactly why Italian women rock so much! And lastly, Steve Hoeshele shares with us why it’s often so difficult to comprehend the darkest moments of the human experience. These are your stories, and we’re always looking for more.

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