An organization dedicated to the beauty of telling stories, The Moth is an experience all its own. Creator of The Moth, George Dawes Green, a poet and best-selling novelist, wished to recreate episodes similar to those that took place in his home state of Georgia. On warm summer evenings, he and his friends would sit together on a screened-in porch, telling tales to one another. A hole in the screen allowed moths through, who were attracted to the soft porch light. Thus the Moths were born; a group of storytellers with a joined closeness through words.
Since 1997 Green has taken what once was a small gathering in Georgia to new heights. The Moths no longer tell stories on a small porch, but in a room that fills hundreds of people, all crowding to hear each human experience. The storytellers are honest and true, and the stories are spoken live and without notes.
In addition to being an entertaining storytelling site, The Moth, also provides a weekly free story called The Moth Podcast, as well as The Moth Radio Hour. In 2000 The Moth launched the MothSHOP Community Education Program which teaches the principles of storytelling to students and disenfranchised adults in underserved neighborhoods. The program then shares these stories within the community and beyond, giving a voice to those who might have otherwise gone unheard.
Some of our favorite stories include Jamaica Kincaid’s, The Letter, Sebastian Jungar, WAR, Carlos Kotkin, The Accidental Executive and Joyce Maynards, The One Good Man. Click here to see the stories and let us know what ones you like.
The Moth also offers great opportunities for those who wish to volunteer and intern. Interested in volunteering? Click here.
The Moth has internships all year in the production, media, and development departments.
All MS in Publishing students are invited to attend the annual WNBA-NYC Networking Party on Wednesday September 11 from 6-8:30 pm. RSVP to email@example.com.
A student membership for the Women’s National Book Association is only $20. Click here to join!
September 9, 2013
An appreciative neighborhood crowd tipples to poetry, fiction and non-fiction at this weekly reading event, with one Monday per month dedicated to magazine journalism. This week Boris Kachka will read from his book Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Come to The Half King (505 W. 23rd St.) at 7 p.m. to enjoy this free event that occurs every Monday.
September 10, 2013
Penny’s Open Mic
Join fellow storytellers, poets, and performance artists at Penny’s Open Mic at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place) at 9 p.m. Occurs every Tuesday and costs $3 admission.
At the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 E. 17th St.) at 7 p.m. there will be an author event for Edwidge Danticat and her new novel Claire of the Sea Light. The book focuses on a small seaside town, where the daughter of a fisherman goes missing.
September 11, 2013
Come to the KGB Bar (85 E. 4th St.) at 7 p.m. to hear Adam Berlin read from his new novel The Number of Missing. The book focuses on the aftermath of the death of Paul, Mel’s husband and David’s best friend, who died on 9/11. Free.
Hosted by Ekoko Omadeka, this monthly reading series features the best authors south of the Mason-Dixon line and an open mic. Bringing you short stories, poetry, jokes, fiction, songs, and all that southern hospitality stuff, the Southern Writers Reading Series is designed to let you experience the mythic south without ever leaving New York.
Visit Happy Ending Lounge (302 Broome St.) at 8 p.m. for this free event that occurs on the second Wednesday of every month.
Join Billy Crystal as he presents his new book Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? at 7 p.m. at the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 E. 17th St.) The book debuts on September 10.
August 27, 2013
Wayne Koestenbaum’s new book of essays, My 1980’s, focuses on his personal manifestos and views on cultural figures. Join him and author John Walter at McNally Jackson at 7:00 pm (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) for a talk promoting the new book.
August 28, 2013
Mix it Up
An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails, a new book by Orr Shtuhl and Elizabeth Graeber, features origins of classic drinks and the people who made them famous. The authors will be at McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) at 7:00 PM to promote the new book. This event is free.
September 3, 2013
Journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman examine post-9/11 terrorism and policy in their new book Enemies Within. They will be promoting the book at BookCourt
Come to the New York Public Library (5th and 42nd Ave, Manhattan) for a class on blogging and for a lesson on publishing platform WordPress. This free event starts at 2:00 PM and is set on a first come, first served basis.
Rivington Was Ours
Come to the Housing Works Café (126 Crosby Street, Manhattan) to celebrate the release of Jay Sullivan’s book Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives. The book talks about the evolution of the Lower East Side from the 1970’s to today. This event starts at 7:00 PM and is free.
August 19, 2013
Glamour at McNally Jackson
Glamour magazine will be hosting an event at McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) for their August issue celebrating fiction authors. Megan Abbott and Tamara Houston are just some of the speakers. This event starts at 7:00 pm and is free.
To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
Cris Beam, public school teacher and noted author, will be promoting her new book at the Strand Book Store (828 Broadway, Manhattan) on the topic of foster care and the state of the American family. NPR corresponded Adam Davidson will join Beam for the discussion. This event starts at 7:00 PM and costs $15.00 or the price of the book to attend.
August 20, 2013
Republic of Outsiders
Author Alissa Quart will be promoting her new book, Republic of Outsiders, at Bookcourt (xxx Court street, Brooklyn) at 7:00 pm. Her nonfiction book focuses on those who seek alternative business structures, from banking to filmmaking. What’s the state of innovation today? This event is free.
August 21, 2013
Come to the Strand Book Store (828 Broadway, Manhattan) for an event promoting Sophia Hedstrom and Anna Schori’s new book Fashion Manifesto, and talk about a year without buying new clothes. Purchase their book or a $15.00 gift card to the Strand to attend. This event begins at 7:00.
NYC Mayoral Debate Screening
Housing Works Café (126 Crosby Street, Manhattan) will be hosting a screening of the NYC Mayoral Democratic Debate complete with drinks and snacks at the bar. This event starts at 7:00 pm and is free to attend. Money spent on snacks and drinks will benefit public healthcare.