Friday, April 11th, 7:30am – WMUK (NPR, 102.1 FM, www.wmuk.org) aired our 2nd radio documentary story in our series about LGBT identity and acceptance during Morning Edition. We rushed to get it done to line up with the Day of Silence, an annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and supporters.. The piece, “One Day in Michigan” is a collage of experiences from newly married gay couples and their allies at the Washtenaw County Courthouse on Sat. March 22nd. The piece celebrates the day, the community, and the experience created as a result. Listen to the piece here!
I have been doing so much performing elsewhere that it is a real treat to perform in my hometown of Kalamazoo. I am thrilled to be part of the great line up for the 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival: One World, Many Stories at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I will be performing songs and stories for a family audience Saturday, February 1st from 1-1:45. I’ll be sharing a mix of personal narrative, traditional tales and original songs. My good friend, and fabulous storyteller, Yvonne Healy is on from 12-12:45. Come on down!
The podcast of “Jacktown! The Alcatraz of the West!”, our December episode of The Living Room, is posted! The radio story aired on Michigan Radio December 19th. It features interviews I conducted with a former inmate of 33 years, his former corrections officer and the first female psychologist in an all male corrections facility. Earlier in the fall I joined the Jackson Historic Prison tours and stepped inside 7 block, a closed, but fully intact cell block on the Jackson Prison grounds. There I met a series of speakers who were former employees and inmates at Jackson Prison and started to interview them. I was so struck by the power of their stories that I later went to interview them in their homes or offices to get a more in depth picture of life inside Jackson Prison. The 10 minute piece is only the tip of the iceberg, but offers us all much to grateful for in our own lives. If you are interested in the stories, consider buying Lionel Stewart’s book “Quiet Blood” written during his 30 years in prison or Jean Becker Walsh’s book “There’s a Woman in Here!” about her years as the first female psychologist in an all male corrections facility. I host The Living Room and co-produce the storytelling series with Zak Rosen. Thanks for listening!
What a thrill to be performing for MassMouth at Club Passim! I have heard only amazing things about MassMouth, celebrating the “living art of storytelling in Massachusetts” and am so excited to be part of their inaugural program “1st Person Plural” – an evening of long-form storytelling. Then, there’s Club Passim! A songwriter’s dream – the historic folk club graced by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and some of my favorite folk performers today! If you know anyone in the Boston area – send ‘em our way!